Norwich College gets creative twist

The £4.6m Norwich City College creative arts building features stainless steel faced panels from Panel Systems

Over 100sqm of stainless steel faced panels were supplied by architectural panel manufacturer Panel Systems to create a striking Western façade to this BREEAM Excellent rated building. The panels were specified by architects BDP, working in partnership with main contractor Graham Construction. 

Each panel was insulated with Styrofoam extruded polystyrene to achieve a U- Value of 0.87 W/m2K in order to enhance the thermal performance of the new building. Panel Systems hot-wire cut the Styrofoam to a fine tolerance to ensure a good standard of flatness within the panel. The panels were then fitted into the contractor’s glazing system to ensure speedy installation on site.

Wayne Head, architect director at BDP in London, said: “The mirror-polished stainless steel faced panels were specified for their aesthetics on the west face of the building. Not only do they look great, but they work collaboratively with Brise Soleil and the aluminium window frames to help to reduce heat gain in the building in summer and reduce reliance on mechanical heating and cooling.”

The design of the building is a black timber-clad pavilion in the form of a double barn, which takes its inspiration from the countryside and location in rural Norfolk. The structure has a fully glazed north façade to ensure activities taking place within the building are visible to the campus. The design of the building meets the BREEAM Excellent standard and includes natural ventilation, ground source heat pumps, brown water recycling and solar panels.

Danny Phelan, sales manager for Panel Systems, said: “Polished mirror steel-faced panels were an innovative choice on this prestigious project, where aesthetics were all important. It was essential too that we were able to manufacture to tight tolerances in order that the desired aesthetics of the building were achieved.”


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