Double success for panel manufacturer

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Mirror-polished stainless steel-faced panels from Sheffield are gracing a new, £4.6 million creative arts building at Norwich City College.

Parkwood Industrial Estate-based Panel Systems supplied 100 sq metres of stainless steel faced panels to create a striking Western façade for the building which has a battery of energy-saving features which have earned it a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Each panel was insulated with Styrofoam extruded polystyrene to enhance the thermal performance of the new building.

The Styrofoam had to be cut to fine tolerance to ensure a good standard of flatness within the panel, which was then fitted into the contractor’s glazing system to allow rapid installation on site.

Architects BDP specified the panels.

BDP architect director Wayne Head said: “The mirror-polished stainless steel faced panels were specified for their aesthetics on the west face of the building.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Panel Systems has been called on to supply cut fibre cement cladding panels to give refurbished Ladybeck House in Leeds an aesthetically pleasing new look.

The panels were installed as part of a refurbishment by Riverside Housing to create 19 one-bedroom supported living apartments for people at risk of homelessness.

Panel Systems used its bespoke cutting and fabrication service to provide intricate raked cutting to fit around the sloping roof and soffits detail as part of its contract to supply 400 square metres of 8millimetre thick, low maintenance, durable cladding.