City panels are a shining example in Norwich

The new �4.6m creative arts building for Norwich City College features mirror-polished stainless steel-faced panels produced by architectural panel manufacturer Panel Systems, based in Sheffield.
The new �4.6m creative arts building for Norwich City College features mirror-polished stainless steel-faced panels produced by architectural panel manufacturer Panel Systems, based in Sheffield.
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The new £4.6m creative arts building at Norwich City College features mirror-polished stainless steel-faced panels produced in - where else? - Sheffield.

Panel Systems helped create a striking western façade to the building.

The panels were specified by architects BDP, working in partnership with main contractor Graham Construction.

Danny Phelan, Panel Systems sales manager, said: “Polished mirror steel-faced panels were an innovative choice on this prestigious project, where aesthetics were all-important. It was essential too that we were able to manufacture to tight tolerances in order that the desired aesthetics of the building were achieved.”

Each panel was insulated with Styrofoam extruded polystyrene to enhance the thermal performance of the new building - which is BREEAM excellent-rated.

Wayne Head, architect director at BDP in London, said: “Not only do they look great, but they work collaboratively with Brise Soleil and the aluminium window frames to help to reduce heat gain in the building in summer and reduce reliance on mechanical heating and cooling.”

The design of the building is a black timber-clad pavilion in the form of a double barn, which takes its inspiration from the countryside and location in rural Norfolk.

The structure has a fully glazed north façade to ensure activities taking place within the building are visible to the campus.