UK First for Mineral-filled ACM Cladding System

WHAT IS THOUGHT to be the UK’s first façade system of its kind to be fitted in the UK has been installed on a landmark development in London.

250 City Road, situated between the financial district and Tech City, has been fitted with 4mm-thick anodised Alpolic A2 panels, made from aluminium composite material (ACM) with a non-combustible mineral-filled core.

Over 3000 m² of panels have been fixed to the mixed-use, high density, low energy development on the former site of a 1980s business park.

Non-combustible

The 4mm thick Alpolic panels are non-combustible thanks to their mineral-filled core and meet the strict requirements of the fire regulations.  Furthermore, they provide an impact-resistant, modern weatherproof façade solution.

The panels were manufactured at supplier Husk Architectural’s 200,000 sq ft facility in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Building design

According to architects Foster + Partners, the buildings are designed to naturally conserve energy.

The scheme has a combined heat and power plant, which could potentially be connected to the local grid. In addition, photovoltaic panels will provide renewable energy, green roofs will encourage wildlife, and rainwater will be harvested and used for irrigation.

The 5.5 acre scheme consists of 7 blocks, including two residential towers of 42 and 36 storeys with ground level shops and cafes

Husk Architectural can fabricate solid aluminium with anodised, pre-painted and PPC surfaces in addition to ACM’s, fibre cement boards and high-pressure laminates, with or without an accredited framing system.

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