No – it’s not wood!

Powdertech Wood Finish (PWF) has recently been used to coat aluminium brise soleil at Cardinal Park, Ipswich, to such good effect that a local newspaper mistook it for wood and reported: “New wood panelling has also been added to the main building and a Cardinal Park sign added to its frontage”.

Cardinal Park is the premier leisure destination for Ipswich, with restaurant chains, nightclubs and a cinema. In 2018 the site was revamped with outdoor seating areas and featured attractive solar shading along the length of the main parade of outlets. A brise soleil system with angled blades was chosen to control the amount of sunlight impacting upon the building.

Brise soleil is often constructed from wood, however on a large multipurpose site, such as Cardinal Park, it becomes rather impractical requiring weather-proofing and regular maintenance.

PWF replicates wood with variation in colour, grain density and grain pattern. Instead of depleting timber resources, highly abundant and 100% recyclable aluminium can be used, which is better for forming the finely angled, lightweight aerofoil blades of the solar shading. Powdertech Corby coated over 2500 linear metres of aluminium solar shading panels in PWF022 Cherry Wood and then delivered them direct to site ready for installation.

PWF is a polyester powder coating developed by Powdertech Corby to enable designers to combine the look of wood with the strength and practicality of metal. The high performance finish complements the durability of the metal and preserves its appearance for many years to come.

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