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Building Envelope Case Study: Hawarden Business Park, Flintshire

26 July 2011 No Comment

Two commercial units at the Hawarden Business Park in Flintshire are a veritable showcase of building envelope products from Panels and Profiles.

Buildings 2 and 3 both feature a mixture of Trisobuild System built-up construction, using four different profile types, and Trimapanel® System, the architectural wall panel system.

Situated six miles west of Chester city centre and within two miles of the A55, Hawarden Business Park is being developed through a partnership between Welsh Assembly Government and UK Land & Property and Pochins.

It is one of the Welsh Assembly Government’s most important strategic employment sites in North Wales. Located on the edge of Hawarden Airport and close to the Airbus UK factory at Broughton, the business park extends to 40.5 acres, with planning consent for considerable further expansion.

This masterplanned development can accommodate individual buildings up to 23,225m2 on fully serviced plots set within a landscaped environment and linked by all-new site infrastructure.

The Park’s buildings enjoy a BREEAM Very Good environmental assessment rating and are all equipped with a cutting-edge fibre-optic network. Another key element is the pristine appearance of the external envelopes of each unit, reflecting the high-tech nature of the surrounding area.

Lester Fabrications & Cladding were tasked with constructing the building envelopes for Plots 2 and 3, which needed to precisely match the aesthetics of existing surrounding units.

Lester Fabrications & Cladding responded to the challenge by selecting a wide range of Panels and Profiles products, deploying a combination of the Trisobuild System built-up system and the Trimapanel® System insulated panel system.

On the roofs, an insulated Trisobuild System built-up solution featured 3700m2 of R32 external weathering profile in Colorcoat Verso® 0.7mm in Goosewing Grey and 3700m2 of RL32 internal liner profile, in a white polyester finish, in tough 0.7mm gauge to safely accommodate roof traffic during the installation phase.

Colorcoat Verso® offers a superior alternative to leathergrain plastisol finishes. It uses a unique coating formulation and is supported by a guarantee for up to 30 years, providing improved performance at a competitive price. It is manufactured with a unique and subtle “C” emboss, providing instant visual reassurance that the product has been manufactured in the UK by Panels and Profiles.

The walls feature 2,300m2 of C32 profile in Colorcoat Prisma® 0.7mm in Oyster, plus 550m2 of 13.5/3 profile in Colorcoat Prisma® 0.7mm in Metallic Silver, for an attractive colour and profile contrast.

Further visual interest is added by the incorporation of 1000m2 of 70mm thick Trimapanel® System insulated architectural wall panel system in Colorcoat Prisma® in Alaska Grey.

The Trimapanel® System specification at Hawarden Business Park included mitred corner panels for exceptionally crisp corner detailing.

Trimapanel® System achieves the very highest levels of flatness, thermal and environmental performance, airtightness and structural capabilities.

Entirely manufactured in the UK utilising Colorcoat® materials for a minimised carbon footprint, Trimapanel® System provides the ultimate package of durability, fire performance, superior aesthetics, design
flexibility and outstanding environmental credentials.

Carrying full LPCB and FM fire performance approval, the system’s secret-fix joint design facilitates a quick, easy to install option for both horizontal and vertical cladding, with weather tightness far surpassing the requirements of BS EN 12865.

Trimapanel® System comprises a pre-finished steel liner profile, a Zero-ODP polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation core and a micro-rib Colorcoat® pre-finished steel external weathering profile.

Colorcoat Prisma® was used exclusively on the walls of Buildings 2 and 3. Versatile, lightweight and strong, it is an ideal choice for contemporary, long lasting colour.

Offering outstanding UV resistance, Colorcoat Prisma® gives first-class colour and gloss retention, following comprehensive natural weathering testing in a variety of contrasting climates.

The complete colour range of Colorcoat Prisma® has been classed as Ruv4 in accordance with EN 10169:2010, the highest classification available, providing reassurance that buildings will retain their true colour for longer.

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