Award-Winning Admiral’s Quay Development Chooses Trespa

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Admirals Quay_4Admirals Quay in Southampton is a residential and mixed-use development that has combined Trespa® Meteon® cladding panels with copper and glass to create a stunning external facade.

The contract worth £48.5 million comprises three towers in a prime position on the south coast of England. The landmark residential tower is 26 storeys high and is supported by two residential buildings, at 50m and 30m high respectively. The development which offers 299 private apartments and 2,800m² of retail and leisure space is situated on the redundant site of the former Canute’s Pavilion Shopping Centre at Ocean Village in Southampton overlooking the marina.

Admirals Quay_2Main contractor, Bouygues UK worked jointly with its client Allied Developments and HGP Architects on the design, build and management of the project. The location of the development played a major part in the specification for the external façade, as the coastal environment required a material that could withstand the elements of sea, salt and wind.

The orientation of the panels was important to give the appearance of a different shade on the development to show the versatility of a single coloured panel when simply installed at 180 degrees so that the light catches the material and provides a different variation of the colour.  This versatility is one of the key benefits of the Trespa® Meteon®.

The architects wanted a material that not only offered excellent performance but also superb aesthetic value.  Available in a wide choice of colours and effects and tested extensively for weather and UV-resistance, Trespa® Meteon® was the ideal solution.  The product is a high-pressure compact laminate (HPL) with an integral surface manufactured using Trespa’s unique in-house technologies, Electron Beam Curing (EBC) and Dry Forming (DF). The blend of up to 70% wood-based fibres and thermosetting resins, manufactured under high pressures and temperatures produces a highly stable, dense panel with good compressive and tensile strength that performs exceptionally well.  2,000m2 of the material in metallic aluminium grey was specified for the main tower.

Admirals QuayTrespa® Meteon® met the requirements for the design and build of Admirals Quay, with the panels performing outdoors exceptionally well. Being practically impervious to acid rain, the seafront conditions at Southampton would not prove a problem.

The final result is a stunning development at Admiral’s Quay, replacing the derelict buildings with new architecture and modern design.

Peter Morton of Allied Developments said: ‘It will now realise its full potential as an exciting mixed-use development situated on the marina, giving the city a waterfront destination to be proud of.”

Admirals Quay scooped the Best High Volume New Housing Development prize at the prestigious LABC South East Awards this year.

For further information and samples of Trespa® Meteon® products, contact the Sales Office UK, Petra Van Pol.

Trespa UK Ltd. 35 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1TS.

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