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Ebbw Vale gets innovative (the 2nd phase)

12 May 2011 No Comment

Ebbw Vale is being granted a new lease of life following completion of the second phase of a £4.1 million state-of-the-art development – the Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre (EVIC) – which is now playing a key role in driving the economic regeneration of the town.

Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre 1

UK Steel Enterprise

The brainchild of UK Steel Enterprise – a Tata Steel subsidiary providing small and medium enterprises with support through provision of finance and premises – the Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre (EVIC) was designed to provide suitable premises for a wide-range of business activities, with flexible rents intended to appeal to start-up businesses in the region.

It was so successful in meeting the needs of local businesses that P+HS Architects, working with construction company Stradform, were commissioned to double the size of the development.

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Multi-functional building

EVIC II has been enhanced to provide 1,260m2 of workshop space, 2,329m2 of office space and a home for almost 400 jobs. Incorporating a full communications suite, conference rooms and a boardroom, the practical requirements of a multi-functional building were vital in producing a working environment for a number of business needs. As an added incentive, a fitness centre and sauna were included in the design.

Fact File

  • Client: Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre (UK Steel Enterprise)
  • Location: Ebbw Vale
  • Architect: P+HS Architects
  • Main Contractor: Stradform
  • Colorcoat® Product: HPS200 Ultra® – Sirius, Goosewing Grey
  • Project funded by: Welsh Assembly Government, European Regional Development Fund, UK Steel Enterprise

Aesthetically striking building

Due to the demanding design requirements, the products specified in the construction of the building had to offer design flexibility in order to deliver a modern and aesthetically striking building that also met fundamental practical considerations such as structural performance, durability and flexibility. As such, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® was the chosen product for the building’s roof and external elliptical feature column casings.

Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre 2

Strong visual identity

Injecting the building with a strong visual identity meant the colour selection was a key requirement for its success. Delivering twice the colour and gloss retention of standard plastisols, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra’s® colour range provides architects with a wide choice in colour palette. For the EVIC II project, 900m2 of Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® was specified in Sirius with 1,500m2 of the same product in goosewing grey.


The pre-finished steel includes a metallic layer, Galvalloy® – a special mix of 95 per cent zinc and 5 per cent aluminium – which protects the roof from corrosion without leaving the cut edges vulnerable to edge peel – a fault common with purely zinc based metallic coatings. Recognised by the industry for its durability, the additional specification by the architects of the Confidex® Guarantee, which renders Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® inspection and maintenance free for 40 years, provided the building owner with additional peace of mind.


Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® also boasts an impressive sustainability record which further heightened its appeal to the architects for EVIC II. Designed to minimise the environmental impacts over its whole life from raw materials through to manufacture – all traces of fire retardants and heavy metals have been removed, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® is also fully recyclable.

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