Glasgow’s brand new University Hospital has been fitted with over 17,000m² of Booth Muirie’s innovative rain screen cladding system. The flexible BML Systems were used to create a number of colourful pods, which frame private patient rooms within the new children’s atrium, as well as being used across the entire campus for other feature cladding, reflecting the vibrant, contemporary design scheme of the new hospital. 

The new £842m South Glasgow University Hospital is Scotland’s largest hospital, located in the south west of the city. Built to replace the previous Southern General Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids and Western and Victoria Infirmaries, the new campus will host a 1,109-bed adult unit and 256- bed hospital for sick children as well as other wards and teaching facilities. The new hospital campus has been designed to reflect a modern environment, moving away from the traditional ward-based hospital.

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Booth Muirie’s BML200 system was specified in lemon, orange, yellow-green, red, signal and anthracite grey coloured finishes offering a flash of colour to the interior of the new children’s atrium. The rainscreen system was used to surround large windows of the private, en-suite patient rooms, offering a light-filled room with an open view of the atrium. Built to extend from the wall, these rooms are a key design feature of the building and Booth Muirie’s variety of vibrant colours allow them to stand out within the building.

The rectangular aluminium composite material (ACM) panels were vertically applied to the coloured pods in the children’s atrium, displaying a consistent and sleek surface of the frames. The BML200 system is a mechanically-fixed rainscreen with a joint width of 20mm, giving a desired ‘block’ appearance to application.

The flexibility of the BML200 system makes it a suitable material for this particular application as it can be pre-shaped to the main body of the pod as well as fitting around corners without the need for any additional joints. Booth Muirie’s BML200 system can be made using a variety ACM materials and on The Children’s Atrium Alucobond® ACM was used. The flexibility of this material offers architects and designers unlimited opportunities for creative and innovative applications. The material is comprised of two 0.5mm thick aluminium skins holding together a 3mm plastic core for a lightweight and rigid flat panel. The BBA certified material is available in a range of widths, lengths and colours with solid, metallic or special effect finish.


Location Glasgow
Architect Nightingales
Installer CladUK
System Rainscreen
Material Alucobond®
Colours Lemon, Orange, Yellow, Green, Signal Red


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