Although one of our oldest building materials, traditionally covering the domes and spires of our city skylines, copper also offers limitless possibilities for contemporary architectural design. The numerous natural surfaces and alloys available today, deployed in various forms and systems, give copper timeless qualities, particularly suited to juxtaposition with historic buildings. Here, copper specialist Aurubis explores how innovative architects optimise the potential of this intriguing material.
The Cineworld New Mersey Retail Park is a multi-million pound complex, comprising 11 cinemas, including one with Super-screen, as well as six restaurants. Located on a major access road into Liverpool, this building looks set to become a landmark.
Richard Besant, Director, Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, describes how powder coating on metal makes a significant contribution to the quest for sustainability in architectural construction. This it achieves in various ways, through powder properties, method of application and surface designs.
Two important public buildings, defined by Nordic Copper cladding, have recently received accolades following previous awards.
A Dutch manufacturer of fireproof flat roof coatings is recommending IPP Limited’s Magply boards as the ideal substrate on which to install its liquid applied treatments: based not only on their fire rating and stability, but also because of the material’s flatness.
In response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government brought into force new Building Regulations on 21 December 2018 banning all combustible materials in external walls of new high-rise buildings over 18 metres for certain residential applications. Furthermore there are still many high-risk residential buildings with some form of dangerous cladding which needs to be replaced.
Roofing and cladding fastening systems specialist EJOT UK has developed a new mechanical fastener solution to help installers save time and money when installing flat roofing with tapered insulation.
This you can now do, for the first time, with Freeform™, Powdertech’s latest innovative powder coating, launched at London Build Expo in November 2021.
A striking rooftop extension, clad in Nordic Copper from Aurubis, announces the new teaching and learning centre for Birkbeck, University of London, housed in a prominent, refurbished corner building. Architectural practice Penoyre & Prasad, a studio of Perkins&Will, discusses its design.