From a Glasgow velodrome and arena to a Norwegian hotel, via livestock buildings for Perthshire cattle, it’s what’s outside that counts


Specifier products

Wicona has supplied its aluminium Wictec 50 curtain walling solution for the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, venue for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Wictec system was specified to accommodate large unsupported spans of glass of up to 4m long.

The curtain walling was faceted for the velodrome to follow the curve of the building and was used with curved bull nose caps to add interest to the facade by accentuating the horizontal profiles.




Ancon has introduced its new Staifix RT2 275mm wall tie, which the company says is designed to meet the growing demand for wider insulated wall cavities in multi-storey housing and commercial buildings. The firm claims that it is currently the only Type 2 wire wall tie available for cavity widths between 126mm and 150mm, suitable for buildings up to 15m high as standard, and taller structures subject to calculation.

Ancon adds the RT2 275mm wall tie offers thermal and cost benefits over Type 1 flat ties and Type 3 double-triangle style ties of the same length. The Staifix RT2 275mm wall tie is supplied packaged in boxes of 250 ties.



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Steadmans has supplied a range of materials for five new livestock buildings at a Scottish cattle breeder in Auchterarder, Perthshire. Some 3,880m of Steadmans’ AS30 single skin roof panels, lined with Drain Dripstop Èanti-condensation fleece, and 1,001m of its AS24 Ventair wall cladding were chosen for the project. Also supplied were 560m of AS30 single sheet side-wall cladding and 3,948 linear metres of cold rolled purlins, as well as beams, galvanised gutters, flashings and fixings.




RigiSystems has introduced CladFrame, a new cladding/facade support system, which features a cladding rail support bracket that has been engineered to provide a universal solution to facades. The company says that the design of the bracket makes it stronger than other similar solutions, enabling fewer brackets to be used, making the system faster and more economical to install.

Two clips at the extremities of the bracket allow for simple positioning of the carrier rails prior to levelling and fixing. CladFrame brackets are made from 3mm thick structural grade aluminium and, if required, come complete with an integral bonded isolation pad in order to provide a thermal break between the building substructure and the facade system.



Edenhall has launched the Contemporary Collection, a range of modern facing concrete bricks, which the company says creates clean, minimalist elevations and brickwork details that can either blend in with the vernacular or offer a unique aesthetic.

The bricks are available in shades from white and cream to grey, blue and green, and in a range of smooth, sand textured and weathered finishes. The firm claims that the bricks offer excellent colour and weathering characteristics, as well as the technical benefits of concrete. The company also says that the manufacturing process ensures dimensional accuracy and sharp arrises.




Aurubis Architectural has supplied Nordic Royal, an alloy of copper and aluminium, to clad the atrium roof of the Clarion Hotel, Trondheim, Norway - both inside and out.

The company says the atrium roof is conceived as a shattering star and provides a dramatic sight, particularly when viewed from above when arriving by air. The firm says the Nordic Royal material, with its long-lasting golden colour, has created a vibrant surface while also meeting the technical challenges of the demanding climate of the west coast of Norway.

Aurubis Architectural



Architectural aluminium glazing systems specialist Technal has opened a new purpose-designed headquarters in Bangalore, India, featuring its Géode-MX curtain walling and brise soleil sun shading systems.

The company says the 4,000m2 building was designed in accordance with the international sustainability standard, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and is targeted to achieve LEED Platinum status.

It has a projected annual energy consumption of less than 60KWh/m2. The firm also says commitment to sustainability in construction is critical and aluminium, with its recyclability properties, is important in meeting the environmental agenda.




Kingspan’s KS1000 LS LongspanTM insulated panel system was specified to help create the look of a curved feature for a new Waitrose store at Kings Hill, near Maidstone.

The store was built on the site of a former airfield next to the original control tower, which is listed, so the architects incorporated a mock tower to the front elevation of the store to reflect this structure.

The clean lines required for the design were achieved using Micro-Ribbed Kingspan KS1000 LS LongspanTM. 860m2 of the Kingspan LongspanTM insulated wall panels in a 120mm thickness were installed.

The firm says the curved panels were chosen so that the cladding on the mock tower matched the main building cladding.

Kingspan Insulated Panels


A round-up of news from cladding manufacturers

  • EPSE, European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders, is currently working with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) to create European Norms for Polycarbonate (PC) sheet and establish a CE-Mark for these products. The work is on CEN TC 128: “Roof covering products for discontinuous laying and products for wall cladding” to realise two of the EN’s to cover solid PC sheet (prEN16240) and multiwall PC sheet (prEN16153). These standards are expected to be published during 2013.
  • Jewson has launched a new website, which the company says is designed with its customers’ ease of use and access to in-depth information in mind. The website is integrated with Jewson’s product catalogue, featuring a broad range of products including general building materials such as thermal insulation, cladding rolls and plasterboard. The firm says the website also contains specifically designed sections for house builders, self builders and those working on public sector projects.
  • Hanson has launched a new support service which provides specifiers with access to a team of technical building products experts; by telephone, email or instant messaging. The company’s Walling Solutions Technical Centre offers knowledge across aspects of structural design advice, construction practice, sustainability and product specification. Among the services offered are U-value calculations, masonry solutions and material scheduling. The centre is supported by a dedicated website,
  • Knauf Insulation has re-launched its UK website, which the company says offers a clean look with quicker and easier navigation. A “mobile-first” approach has been taken to ensure information is easily accessible on all devices, and the site automatically scales and adapts its content based on the visitor’s device. Knauf Insulation’s latest edition of Insulation Solutions for Buildings, a guide to sustainable, thermal, acoustic and fire protection systems, is also available in an interactive format, which can be accessed via the new website. The site can be seen here: