EQUITONE adds sense of innovation to design centre

EQUITONE [natura] has created a striking and visionary aesthetic on the new £9.9m Northern Design Centre at Gateshead Quayside.

Red Box Design Group specified EQUITONE [natura] because its tactile, smooth, semi-translucent surface, which allows the natural variegation of the fibre cement to show through, helped deliver their vision of creating a building that ‘exudes a sense of innovation’.

Charcoal and Sage EQUITONE [natura] was used to create the architectural facade because it created a striking backdrop to the ‘gold Tecu’ clad tubular windows that project out of the front of the building.

Fixing the EQUITONE [natura] panels to an aluminium support frame using a structurally bonded adhesive as part of a secret fix system helped maintain the sheer smooth aesthetic of the facade.

“We specified EQUITONE because it met the client’s requirement for a visually engaging building that portrayed a sense of innovation,” said Mike Dixon of Red Box Design Group. “We specifically chose a fibre cement facade because we liked its technical performance and range of colours as well as its subtly engaging aesthetic.”

The four storey BREEAM Very Good rated building was constructed using a structural steel frame system and blockwork walls. The aluminium rainscreen cladding support system and 85mm of high performance insulation were then fixed to the exterior of the block walls. The rear ventilated cavity was created by structurally bonding the EQUITONE [natura] panels to the aluminium frame to provide the building with enhanced performance benefits.

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