Swistherm Chosen for Imperial Sports Centre
When Imperial College London added a new sports centre to its campus, the façade system
specified on the project had diverse specification requirements to fulfil. M.R. Swistherm,
the award-winning insulated render system from Alumasc, met all the aesthetic,
performance and technical demands of the project.
The new five-storey sports centre was built on the foundations of the original 1960s centre
and was designed to blend in with the surrounding architecture.
The top floors of the
building house new residential accommodation for the College.
The Sports Centre and residential building is a new building adjacent to a listed 19th Century
terrace set within a conservation area. The brief demanded an insulated render system that
would echo the period character of the College. The M.R. Swistherm system specified on
the project therefore incorporated extra strips of insulation to create feature bands on the
walls. The main purpose of the building is for sports activities, for these reasons 140mm
Swistherm mineral wool insulation system was chosen as it offered excellent acoustic
properties, a key requirement of the Architect. Mineral wool is one of a range of sustainable
insulation options available from Alumasc and is suitable for where a non-combustible facade
is required. It offers excellent thermal efficiency and helps to stabilise the building’s
High performance M.R. ST Silkolitt silicone render was used as the external facing on the
scheme, offering enhanced water shedding capability and resistance to surface dirt, making
it ideal for the city location. Like all Alumasc renders, Silkolit also has very low
maintenance demands. The system is available in 16 basic colours, which, when combined
with lighter or darker options, offer 400 co-coordinated shades to suit any building style.
The Architects were Arup Associates, the installation of the render was completed by Purkiss
Brothers Ltd and the main contractor was ISG Interior/Exterior.
For further information on M.R. Façade Systems or to request literature, contact Alumasc on
0808 100 2008 or visit the website at www.alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.