Booth Muirie has supplied its innovative rainscreen cladding to a state-of-the-art sports centre in Ebbw Vale. The BML System, manufactured from white and lemon Alucobond® aluminium composite material (ACM) provides a bright and aesthetically pleasing façade to the exterior of the £15m development. Situated on The Works, the former site of a huge steel making plant, the new sports centre took 18 months to complete and boasts a 25m pool, dance studio, eight badminton court sports hall, gym and both grass and artificial turf pitches.

As part of the £350m regeneration scheme in South Wales, the sports centre provides a focal point for community activities and the Blaenau Gwent Council, along with the architects felt Booth Muirie's modern and vibrantly finished rainscreen would allow it to stand out as such.

The complex is built to serve the wider community with the hope of drawing more people into the Ebbw Vale area to take advantage of the high tech facilities. Completed both on time and on budget, it was essential that the sports centre looked as attractive and fresh on the outside to reflect the quality of the interior design and equipment.

Booth Muirie has a long-standing history of supplying rainscreen cladding to a wide range of international projects. Using modern CAD software and a highly experienced design team, Booth Muirie designs and manufactures fully ventilated rainscreen systems for even the most individual of designs.

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Booth Muirie was chosen to supply the BML200 rainscreen system for the majority of cladding on the new sports centre, with BML120 to straight areas and BML120A for the curves of the building. All of the rainscreen panels were applied using recessed discreet fixings which help to maximise the visual impact of the façade. A total of over 1100m² of BML Systems were used in the scheme with the white and lemon finish created using ALUCOBOND® material, a globally popular ACM that allows high levels of design freedom and individuality by offering a range of solid, metallic and special-effect colours.

Design Architect at Blaenau Gwent Council, Simon Jennings, commented, "From my perspective as Design Architect the aesthetics was a key priority. I required a sleek, high quality, modern, almost mechanical finish. ALUCOBOND® was a product that could meet those requirements. It was also flexible in terms of detailing. I am extremely happy with the result, it has achieved everything I expected.”

The BML200 rainscreen system is comprised of a series of panels that are fixed to the pre-engineered vertical rails making it suitable for: portrait and landscape vertical wall cladding; soffit; fascia; and column applications. Wind load calculation can be provided with the BML200 system to ensure it meets all building standards, such as Standard BS specification and CWCT standards.

The BML120 System is Booth Muirie's most utilised rainscreen system that features a mechanically-fixed open joint rainscreen system, most suited for landscape style façades. It consist of a series of panels that use a tongue-and-groove jointing method that are fixed through the top horizontal edge extrusion into the pre-engineered vertical rails. As the panels can be removed and replaced independently it entails minimal disruption as well as allowing for a quick and easy installation process.

ALUCOBOND® carries BBA certification and consists of two 0.5mm thick aluminium skins that sandwich a 3mm core, making ALUCOBOND® very lightweight, rigid and flat compared to solid aluminium and other materials. Proving the most popular ACM in the world since 1969, ALUCOBOND® is available in lengths of up to 6200mm and widths of 1000mm, 1250mm and 1500mm while the standard material thickness is 4mm.

Kate Prater, Marketing Director at installer Praters, commented, "Having worked with Booth Muirie on various construction projects we have first-hand experience of installing their rainscreen products. Their technical expertise ensures all projects are individually considered to create innovative designs that achieve all environmental requirements and a high quality and durable finish to any building envelope. Praters would confidently specify Booth Muirie on future projects."

Specifications

Location Ebbw Vale
Architect Blaenau Gwent Council
Installer Prater
System Rainscreen
Material Alucobond®
Colours White & Lemon

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