Westfield Student Accommodation

The £20.4m Westfield Road project in the heart of Edinburgh’s western district comprises of seven storeys, with Proteus HR crowning off the upper level. The project in Golgie, which was built on the site of an unused office and car showroom, offers a variety of enriching experiences onsite, including an open-air private courtyard to the rear, rain gardens, onsite gym, 24-hour reception, games room and an ‘activated’ façade at street level. This is achieved via the strategic placement of communal amenity areas along Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue together with large format glazed screens, which ultimately will have a progressive influence on the wider area. Its location provides the occupants with a space close to all the primary university campuses, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, and for those sports fans, Murrayfield Stadium is across the road. The structure represents a seamless fusion of contemporary design and a tribute to the neoclassical elegance found in Edinburgh’s New Town architecture. Embracing the uniformity and classical elements emblematic of Georgian architecture, this project pays homage to the city’s heritage while forging ahead in urban development.

Westfield student accommodation is a singular block designed to deliver an inspiring vision. The overall design was developed with the surrounding context in mind and was achieved by creating several datum lines which sympathetically respond to the neighbouring buildings. A pivotal element in achieving this synthesis of tradition and innovation was the application of Proteus HR 1.0mm pre-coated aluminium with Arconic Bronze Metallic and Arconic Silver Grey. The use of aluminium cladding allowed Fletcher Joseph Associates to get a naturally beautiful facade which resembled Scots slate and created a living surface that dances with the interplay of natural and artificial light. This deliberate design philosophy creates a warm and inviting ambience, which is crucial for evoking a sense of comfort and belonging, especially for students seeking a home away from home.

Pre-Finished Aluminium

The installation of Proteus HR aluminium cladding, orchestrated by DNF Roofing & Cladding in partnership with Graham Construction, emerged as a defining aspect of the building’s current appeal and has become a key feature of the building’s design as it gives a sleek and modern look, while also providing excellent protection from the elements.

Proteus HR is a market leading rainscreen cladding system that comprises an aluminium honeycomb core that has been structurally bonded between two thin gauges of lightweight metal skin. Proteus HR rainscreen cladding system is available in a wide range of materials and finishes, including aluminium, bronze, copper, brass, zinc, stainless steel, and various other options; which gives complete design freedom and can significantly enhance the visual aesthetic of a project. Fletcher Joseph Associates specified aluminium on this project for its adaptability and showcased its prowess by accommodating various designs while demanding minimal upkeep.

Not only does pre-coated aluminium enhance the visual appeal, but it also provides robust protection against diverse weather conditions. Its PvdF painted finish is highly corrosion resistant and highly resistant to fading, ensuring longevity and low maintenance—a crucial consideration in student accommodation settings. The exterior of the building adheres to the high standards of quality materials expected in the current trend for student living. That’s why our Proteus HR system with a pre-coated aluminium veneer has been tested in accordance with EN13501, achieving a fire rating of A2-s1, d0.

Approaching Difficulties

Overcoming challenges inherent in construction, particularly the constraints of tight site access and close proximity to the railway, speaks volumes about the project’s commitment to meticulous planning and execution, culminating in a product that epitomizes precision and excellence.

Project Manager Ben Howard stated that “an issue from a client perspective, was that the main elevation was on a main road and was therefore on the critical path for completion. We had to expedite this elevation to ensure that Graham construction were able to strike the scaffold in this area in time to avoid any delay costs. Due to the coordinated communication between Proteus and DNF, we were able to complete this project on time with minimal disruption to the surrounding areas”.

Beacon of Innovation

Westfield Road was completed in the Summer of 2022 and is now set to appeal widely to students who choose Edinburgh for their university studies. The impressive Westfield Road project redevelopment signifies a new and exciting future for a part of Edinburgh.  Beyond its functional brilliance, it is poised to captivate students seeking an immersive academic journey amidst the vibrant tapestry of Edinburgh’s cultural and architectural legacy. As a beacon of innovative design, this development stands tall, reflecting the city’s commitment to progressive, forward-thinking architectural endeavours.

280 Bishopsgate, London

280 Bishopsgate has become the epitome of how existing buildings can be brought back to life. The result is a solid and confident, yet respectful development that is a world away from the bank’s original head office.

The award-winning British interior design and architecture practice MoreySmith took advantage of a unique opportunity to modernise the early 2000s building and connect the diverse neighbourhoods of Spitalfields, Shoreditch, and the City.

MoreySmith specified Proteus Facades for 280 Bishopsgate because the company was able to supply a fully integrated façade that met their specific aesthetic, performance and budgetary requirements.

Achieving this bold update and meeting the client’s desired outcome involved specifying three different Proteus façade products, which were installed by Structura (UK) Ltd, who were working for Galliford Try.

The first of these was Proteus HR in 0.8mm Rimex Colourtec Black 316L Stainless Steel with a pinstripe finish. This was used throughout the façade, including the ground floor facade, bespoke planters and curved column casings, as well as the primary entrance areas.

Alongside the Rimex Colourtec black pinstripe are Proteus HR aluminium panels with a Natural clear anodised finish for the mezzanine level and soffits.

Completing the trio of façade solutions is stainless steel Proteus SC Mesh panels, manufactured for the scheme using a Banker Stainless steel wire mesh supplied through Amron Architectural. This material was PVF coated in a Gunn Metal finish to match the Rimex finish at John Desmond in London.  Each mesh panel was inserted into a Rimex pinstripe picture frame with mitred flashings, which had to be meticulously assembled to allow the pinstripe pattern to flow   A number of these panels were also developed into opening access doors so required the added complexity of hinge mechanisms and locks. Working with MoreySmith and Structura (UK) Ltd, the Proteus team designed the facade with a rear supporting aluminium framing system. This was both a discrete solution – essential for the Proteus SC perforated panels – and one that optimised material usage.

The refurbishment process was carried out with sustainability and well-being in mind, resulting in the redevelopment becoming the largest WELL Platinum office space in the UK. While becoming on 1 of 2 BREEAM Outstanding projects completed in London in 2022.

Significantly for this refurbishment is the fact that both Proteus HR and Proteus SC are a lightweight cladding system, which helped minimise loadings on the existing 12-storey building (a thirteenth story was added). Proteus cladding was used on all storeys. This contributed to the redevelopment meeting all necessary structural survey requirements and, critically, without major interventions.

Proteus worked closely with the architects, main contractor and installers throughout the project, providing input and expertise to ensure that the façade met the clients brief. This involved providing input at early design stage to ensure that the cladding met the strict budgeting requirement on this project as part of its ‘designed to budget’ approach – making sure that the customer receives a façade that aligns with their budget expectations.

The outcome was one that exceeded expectations. 280 Bishopsgate delivers a visually exciting design that achieves optimisation of material whilst working within the challenging city centre location.

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Alder Hey Hospital Sunflower House

The £15m development includes construction of two internal courtyarded facilities. In combination they provide space for the treatment of mental health of children and young adults (5 – 20 years old). The site bring together, for the first time, CAMHS, Psychology, Paediatric Neuro-Assessment and Orthotic departments along with a Dewi Jones residential car building..

The original design, chosen through an RIBA competition, was develop by Cullinan Studio, which was chosen for its successful combination of addressing the clinical needs while providing privacy of patients in a non-institutional environment. 10 Architect carried the design forward into the construction phase with Galliford Try, who had been appointed under the Procure Partnership Framework.

Cullinan Studio’s concept design was based on a large body of evidence that’s show that a connection to nature measurably improves wellbeing and concentration, reduces stress levels, aggression and heart rate. It is why health and wellbeing aspirations formed a key part of the building’s design and choice of materials at Alder Hey. Internally the building is a timber frame, with the external elevations clad in a weathering steel. Both materials chosen for their warmth and connection to the natural environment creating a calming environment for both patients and staff alike.

Proteus supplied a secret fix hook on Proteus SR system with a 2mm corten weathering steel material. Originally provided in its natural state, the corten material will oxidse over time developing a self protecting layer that requires no regular attention or maintenance with a rich earthy red brown tone providing a complimentary back drop for the lush green planting in the surrounding landscaped areas.  The entire external façade of the two courtyard developments, including angular bay windows, are clad in the Proteus SR Corten. The well-thought-through design for the bay windows balances connection and privacy by orienteering them towards the park area. While the engineering of the corten, accounting for material loss do to the weathering process, removed the need for additional mid span support rails, reducing the environmental impact of the project.

The design of the bay windows, radiused curved building ends and the intricate feature trim profiles between wall and roof where developing in conjunction with the installation partner on the scheme, Longworth Building Services Ltd. Due to the radius of the building ends and profile of the feature trims, these elements involved developing the elements in multi parts and then welding together in pre formed jigs to allow the manufacturing accuracy required for the geometry involved.

Proteus SR is a secret fix hook rainscreen system that is available in a multitude of materials and finishes, including aluminium and stainless steel. It is tested to EN13501, achieving A1 or A2 fire rating subject to metal finish, and fully recyclable at the end of building life.

The versatility of the Proteus SR rainscreen system allows the material thickness to be specified from 1.5 mm up to 5.0 mm. At Alder Hey, a 2 mm Corten material was specified. The Proteus SR panels can be arranged vertically, horizontally or a combination of both orientations. A vertical orientation was chosen for the new Catkin Centre and Sunflower House because it accentuated the skyward nature of the natural landscape.

Fortress Works

Designed to appeal to progressive small-medium enterprises, the building is arranged over three levels, with a contemporary two storey extension that features Proteus HR 1.5mm Corten steel cladding.

Proteus HR Corten panels were specified because it enabled the architects, Buckley Grey Yeoman, to achieve the maximum panel size to closely follow the glazing module of 1500mm.  Proteus Facades precision fabrication abilities and the unique panel configurations allow for relatively small return folds to the panel edges. This allowed panels with a  1475mm face panel and 1490mm module, maximising the Corten sheet width of 1500mm.

This inspiring building with its large Corten cladding panels now creates a striking backdrop to the muted tones of the London Buff bricks on the main structure. In doing so it demonstrates how old and new architectural styles can sit together in a historic setting. The results have been outstanding, creating a modern interpretation of a traditional workspace that has successfully preserved the original building while bringing something fresh, new, and inspiring.

Characterised by their reddish-brown finish, the Proteus HR Corten material is continued around the glazed areas creating a homogenous aesthetic across the new extension. The cladding is offset slightly to the glazing line around these areas, which varies across different elevations. 120mm deep Corten fins span in front of the curtain walling and interface with the off-set capping to provide a clean, considered aesthetic.

Proteus manufactured these fins so that they are independent of the glazing by cantilevering them from base to head. They consist of 2 C shaped Corten profiles that are fixed together to form the 120mm x 50mm RHS box profile. Critical to the success of this support structure was integration and close working throughout the project between Proteus Facades and the glazing contractor.

The weathering steel Corten façade now offers superior resistance to atmospheric corrosion because of its protective layer, which develops and regenerates continuously as the material weathers over time, providing Fortress Works with a long term low maintenance façade.

Bringing this design to life was main contractor West 1 Contracts Ltd, which specialises in fit-out and refurbishments in a range of sectors. The Proteus HR Corten panels and fins were installed by Portsmouth-based Premier Seal.

Proteus HR is an integrated modular rainscreen panel system that has an aluminium honeycomb core, structurally bonded between two thin gauges of lightweight metal skin. This creates a lightweight, strong and optically flat panel that satisfy demanding architectural sightlines.

All Proteus cladding and façade systems are manufactured to internationally recognised quality standards, using the highest quality materials, in accordance with its BSI ISO accredited Business Management System for Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety.

Proteus HR is tested to EN13501, achieving A2-s1,d0 or A2-s2-d0 subject to the metal finish.

Dyson Steam Building Gresham School

The Proteus HR solid and perforated copper cladding panels, specified by WilkinsonEyre in Aurubis Nordic Brown Light, embellish both the building and its natural surroundings. The warm, mellow hues of the copper patina on the Proteus panels were chosen to complement the decorative flint details on the adjacent school chapel elevation, blending and integrating the new and the old

Former pupil Sir James Dyson enabled the project with an £18.75m donation, which now carries his name, The Dyson STEAM Building. The multi-disciplinary hub takes a fresh approach by allowing art and science to be taught side-by-side.

WilkinsonEyre’s design integrates a modern architectural aesthetic with simple beauty and low energy systems. The main contractor on The Dyson STEAM Building was Kier Construction, with Norwich-based Drayton Windows installing the façade elements, including the Proteus HR panels.

Overall, the subtle use of pre-oxidised Aurubis Nordic Brown Light Proteus HR solid and perforated pre-oxidised copper panels and full-height glass portrays a sense of openness, both within the building and when standing in the surrounding landscape. Clever detailing allows the seamless transition between the copper, glass and steel primary elements, while achieving a highly thermally efficient façade.

A fluid approach to the design sees some of the Proteus HR cladding panels set back into the footprint of the building to accommodate landscaped open areas. These are used for outside teaching, where research shows that being close to nature improves academic outcomes for pupils. Integrated planting in these spaces further blurs the boundaries between the outside and in.

Proteus HR is an integrated modular rainscreen cladding system that offers a flat façade with recessed joints. It is available in a wide range of materials and finishes, including aluminium, zinc, stainless steel, copper alloys and various other options, such as pre-oxidised, like that used for The Dyson STEAM Building.

The beautiful pre-oxidised appearance at the Dyson building is one that would naturally develop over time as the copper is exposed to the natural elements. Specifying Proteus HR in Aurubis Nordic Brown Light Copper means that a base oxidation is present from the start,

Completed in the summer of 2022, ready for the new September term, the centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) facility provides a state-of-the-art structure at the heart of the school campus. The Dyson STEAM Building is a centre of excellence at this public school in Holt, which is one of the top thirty International Baccalaureate schools in England.

An inviting internal courtyard doubles up as circulation space, featuring an arts hub, seating area, IT point and facilities, further reinforcing the integration of art, design, and science.

Delivered with architectural clarity at its core, this exemplar educational building, which makes full use of pre-oxidised Proteus HR panels, looks set to achieve its goal of inspiring future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians.

Bishopsgate Gardens Preston

Located in the heart of Preston City Centre, Bishopsgate Gardens is set to be the first amenity-focused residence within the city. The 130 accommodation building features a rooftop garden, residents lounges, co-working spaces, and independent retail.

Bishopgate Gardens, which was developed by The Heaton Group, with Studio KMA providing architectural design services. The facade features a combination of our Proteus HR rainscreen system with an Alesta SD fine Cast Iron and a RAL 9006 Bariton finish and our Proteus SP spandrel panels with an aluminium Alesta SD fine Cast Iron and Azko Nobel D2525 Gold Pearl Matt finish. The combination of these panels complements each other perfectly to create a striking and eye-catching building.

Proteus HR was specified because it is an integrated modular rainscreen panel system that was able to provide large format optically flat panels with structural supports capable of spanning floor to floor to reduce the loading implications on the existing structure, The projects requirements for changes in visual colour creating distinctive banding was able to be seamlessly developed while also allowing for the reveal depth changes and horizontal banding within the architects design.

Our Proteus SP panels were specified because of the fire rating (A2-s1, do) and the high thermal performance that can achieved with our spandrel panels. With the large format requirements a steel substrate was utilised with the Azko Nobel and Alesta paint finishes to give the distinctive visuals.

The semi-random arrangement of the inset gold Proteus SP panels adds further to the visual interest to the building, creating an engaging and lively façade, that has helped generate an exceptional response from the local community and council.

Andy Titterton, Studio KMA, commented: “Together with The Heaton Group, we have created a very efficient, attractive new landmark mixed-use development for the city centre. This is one refurbishment project, we believe, that will surpass the aesthetic and functional specifications of any new-build project in the area.”

With this development, The Heaton Group has shown how renovating a dilapidated building can enhance town centres, bring neighbours together and restore local pride.

 

NTU Clinical Skills

The new £15m ‘mock hospital’ at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus will help train healthcare professionals in a realistic hospital setting, including hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, and even lifelike patient manikins to give students the experience of working with a variety of injuries.

Pick Everard architects specified Proteus HR 1.0m Coil Pre Anodised Aluminium for the entire external element of the new Heath and Allied Professions Centre. The cladding panels were supplied in a mix of Bronze B40 Satin and Bronze B40 Brushed finishes.

The shade variation across the façade is created by the Satin and Brush effects on the base metal being applied before the anodising, creating a sublime effect that adds interest and visual appeal.  The subtle bronze hues also embellish the natural surroundings of the building, whilst the semi reflective Satin finish adds further intrigue – when used for the soffits it has the effect of visually elongating the large vertically framed glazing elements upwards and outwards at night, accentuating the futuristic feel of the space.

Architects at Pick Everard had originally envisaged coloured stainless steel, however following presentation of a range of budgetary options by Proteus, it was decided that an anodised finish would offer a similar type of textural change across the elevation. At the same time, the coil pre anodised aluminium still achieves the life expectancy required and with minimal facility management requirements.

As part of the complete façade solution from Proteus, the cladding wraps into the soffits on the front of the main building using the same panel system, with the addition of a flashing cill in identical bronze finish. This integrated approach extends to the other elevations, including Proteus manufactured jamb, head and cills flashings for pocket windows in matching coil pre anodised aluminium bronze.

This attention to detail from the architectural team, delivered by Proteus through an integrated facade, creates a homogenous palette of materiality, and was one of the reasons why the project was shortlisted in the 2022 Façade Awards for Best use of a Rainscreen System using Aluminium.

Proteus HR is an integrated, lightweight, high strength modular rainscreen cladding system with a honeycomb core that offers an optically flat panel. It is available in a wide range of materials and finishes, including aluminium, zinc, stainless steel, copper alloys and various other options. The Proteus HR system meets the requirements of BS476: Parts 6 and 7, therefore achieving a Class 0 rating as classified by building regulations.

Ilkeston-based Advanced Roofing detailed and installed the façade at Nottingham Trent University and worked closely with Proteus throughout the project.

Pick Everard National Design Director, David Shaw, said: “The architecture of the new development has been designed for maximum visual impact on arrival to the campus. We wanted to ensure this new addition to an evolving campus would be complimentary but also distinctive both externally and internally.”

Nottingham Trent University’s new Heath and Allied Professions Centre was procured by main contractor Henry Brothers Midlands through the Major Works Framework and designed by Pick Everard Architects.

Along with creating a world class teaching space it provides a welcoming gateway building to the campus, and in the words of the architects ‘the external façade treatment and quality materials provide aesthetic interest’.

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Lords Cricket Ground Compton and Edrich Stand

The existing stands on the ground’s Nursery (eastern) End had become inadequate due to the needs of modern spectators, with restricted sightlines in the lower tiers and upper tiers entirely exposed to the elements.  A decision was therefore taken to replace them with two new build stands, named after the famous cricketers Dennis Compton and John Edrich.

WilkinsonEyre architects were commissioned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the £53m redevelopment of the new stands, which flanks either side of the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre.

The curved, elliptical form of WilkinsonEyre’s design makes the stands appear like ‘objects landed from outer space’, while providing a range of additional seating and hospitality areas (increasing the previous capacity from 9000 to 11,600 seats), new concourses and circulation areas which overlooking the Nursery Ground, public realm and landscaping allow the spectators to enjoy the facilities and hopefully a good game of Cricket.

Proteus HR Solid and Perforated cladding panels in PPC aluminium with a RAL 7040 finish were specified for the corporate facilities at the rear of Compton and Edrich. A number of these panels had to be curved to accommodate the radius of the hospitality spaces.

The wall build-up on these elements comprises an SFS frame with cement board and insulation. A Proteus railing system comprising of bespoke helping hand brackets and the company’s 50x50mm mullion grid allow the panels to be installed in a landscape pattern, giving the hospitality boxes on level one some horizontal definition in contrast to the portrait feel of the primary roof cladding.

Around the first floor soffit, Proteus SC Perforated panels were introduced in a 3mm aluminium with a RAL 9003 finish. These were installed at an angle to generate a zone for the various M&E routes that were required between the two stands. They extend at an angle from the service access up to the projecting first tier level. These angled soffits are again on a curve that follows the overall stand design. This required a number of elliptical and shaped panels manufactured to specific locations on the detailed plan.

The positioning of the panels and structural connection points meant that there was a relatively large drop down from the concrete slab to accommodate M&E services. A combination of L and U aluminium extrusion sections and brackets developed a standard framework to which  Proteus’s 125mm x 50mm mullions could connect to. The spanning capacity of the 125mm x 50mm section allowed a reduced framing structure which improved the access zones for the M&E installation trades.

This considered approach to the structure and panels allowed for a simplistic installation through an agreed installation sequence, allowing the manufacturing process to keep the sites teams busy during a condensed installation periods created by the Covid pandemic.

As cladding projects go, Compton and Edrich stands have generated more than their fair share of interest. And deservedly so. Blending harmoniously with the previously constructed Media Centre,  the aluminium clad, elliptically shaped, 24 metre high designs soften the bold media box and blend the new with the historical aspect of this great amphitheatre for the home of cricket.

Whitechapel Station

The new and improved Whitechapel Station, designed by BDP Architects, forms a key part of a seven-year construction programme for the new Elizabeth Line Crossrail route – a high-speed train and tube link that will connect the outer western edges of London to the outer east.

Hailed as the biggest transformation of the London transport system in recent years, the route passes through 41 stations and stretches over 60 miles, from Reading and Heathrow airport, through central London then on to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.

Works on Whitechapel Station, which is based within the Whitechapel Market Conservation area of London, include upgrades to the existing transport services and entrances, as well as development of a new elevated concourse that acts as a bridge improving community links.

Taking place in an area of special historical interest, it was essential that the upgrades made to the station, which includes extending a Victorian entrance from 1876, and the building products specified, remained respectful and in keeping with the character and heritage of the surrounding location.

In addition, as the interior of a railway is often exposed to extremely harsh environments, which can include excessive noise and air pollution, vibration, higher levels of wear and tear and a greater risk of vandalism and theft; the materials chosen for the facades had to be both robust and easily maintainable.

It was therefore extremely important to the client and architects that the chosen system was both light in weight, to reduce weight-loadings on the structure, but could also offer high levels of strength and durability, aesthetics and the ability to be easily maintained.

With this in mind, BDP specified Proteus Facades’ Proteus HR Stainless Steel panels with a Rimex bead-blasted Granex finish in grey and black for use throughout the Station, alongside TECU brass copper panels for a new entrance on Durward Street.

Proteus HR is a modular rainscreen system that offers a smooth façade with recessed joints and can be easily maintained. The panels are robust and strong but have a lightweight aluminium honeycomb core, which is structurally bonded between two thin gauges of metal.

The Granex grey Proteus HR panels at Whitechapel feature across main entrances, ticket halls, columns, stairs walls and lift elevations, as well to the corridors and alongside fire doors. To ensure a quality finish was carried all the way through, Proteus also fabricated matching stainless steel capping’s that create an uninterrupted façade and hide any open steelworks.

The Granex Black panels feature throughout the interior of the Circle & District Line platform, including on the entrance, ticket walls and stairs. A darker finish was chosen for this section of the Station as lighter colours against the signals and natural daylight shining onto the open-air platform created glare for the trains coming in. To create a consistent finish throughout, Proteus Facades also fabricated matching bespoke circular and square panels and way-finder bands for use vertically on columns within the platform.

Each panel at Whitechapel Station, installed by engineering and construction contractors Kilnbridge, is fixed in place using a unique system of aluminium carriers and ancillary components; designed and manufactured by Proteus Facades. This alongside the simple but eye-catching design, allows for individual panels to be removed and if required replaced easily, efficiently and in as little time as possible to reduce disruption to commuters and workers.

By applying a Rimex finish into the Proteus HR panel system, Proteus Facades was able to provide an even more robust rainscreen panel for the high-footfall Station. A Canvas pattern was chosen as this design helps to reduce any visual imperfections in the façade should denting or other wear and tear occur. An important factor to consider when the station is expected to welcome a train every five minutes during peak times and approximately 250 million passengers a year.

East Park Student Accommodation

Students are also recognising the importance of living sustainably and choosing a building that offers lower living costs and more environmentally friendly solutions, as well as having great curb appeal.

So, in order to attract this new generation of students to the University of Exeter’s new East Park building, architects Stride Treglown designed the high quality student accommodation using bespoke rainscreen cladding panels from Proteus Facades as the central visual element.

Developed by Vinci Construction, East Park is situated close to Exeter City Centre within the University’s breathtaking Streatham Campus which has been described as one of the greenest campuses in the UK. The building comprises of several blocks that sit comfortably within a sloping landscape and the natural surroundings of the campus’ woodland, open spaces, lakes, gardens and botanical collections.

The brief given to Stride Treglown was to ensure that East Park includes ample levels of protection for the greenery and screening for nearby communities, whilst also retaining a unique character and providing a sustainable living to enhance student wellbeing. To achieve this a biophilic concept was integrated into the design of the development.

In addition, it was also required that the external aesthetics of the structure were to stay in keeping with the character and materiality of the existing buildings that make up the Streatham Campus. As such, the architects specified solid and perforated rainscreen panels from Proteus Facades to help deliver this key detail.

Each panel is manufactured from a 3mm SC tray and features a striking RAL 8000 Pearl Gold Matt finish, chosen to provide a natural colour palette that resonates with the neighbouring buildings and landscape. The solid and perforated panels, installed by Longworth, feature in rectangular block like sections on the exterior of the building providing a natural contrast against the lighter, linen coloured façade.

Solid panels also border larger glazed areas on the lower communal levels of the structure, while additional perforated panels with a bespoke, climbing vine like pattern sit alongside the smaller windows on the upper sections of the building.

As well as the striking aesthetics they add to the external facade, solid Proteus SC panels were chosen as they protect the building from the elements while adding to its energy efficiency. A factor which helped contribute to Stride Treglown and Vinci Construction achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating for the development.

The project also targeted the rating by incorporating green materials with high environmental ratings; recycling 90% of the waste generated on site; specifying A or A+ rated appliances and low energy fittings; providing high levels of insulation and including a combined heat and power system.

Proteus SC is an engineered panel system that is offered in either solid, perforated or mesh panel formats. By utilising an extensive range of metals, colours, textures and forms it can add another dimension to any façade cladding project. The system can be manufactured between 1mm and 5mm in thickness and an acoustic insulation layer encapsulated within the panel. The cladding panels featured at East Park are secured in place using a bespoke aluminium support system, also manufactured by Proteus Facades.

The largest build of on-campus accommodation at Exeter University since 2012, the new East Park development incorporates 1,182 student bedrooms comprising of standard, en-suite and enhanced accessible bedrooms. The building features on-site study rooms, games room, private break-out and multi-purpose spaces and bike storage facilities.

Proteus Facades’ innovative rainscreen cladding panels utilise an extensive range of materials such as Aluminium, Copper, Stainless Steel, Zinc and Porcelain Ceramic. Each system is manufactured to internationally recognised quality standards, using the highest quality materials, in accordance with its BSI ISO accredited Business Management System for Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety.