EQUITONE [natura] has helped create a striking futuristic facade on the BREEAM "Excellent" rated Pathology building at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The fibre cement material creates a tactile, smooth surface that allows the natural variegation of the fibre cement finish to be seen through the semi-translucent coating. This contemporary architectural aesthetic was also felt to complement the glass curtain walling used around the stairwell on the South elevation of the new Pathology building. David Holt, Director at Keppie Design, said: "We specified a fibre cement facade for the new Pathology building to create a uniform, matt finish appearance to contrast with the existing surrounding buildings and make a visual statement. The material met with the team's environmental performance standards as well as creating a striking contemporary facade.