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Posted on 19 June, 2014

Elval Colour’s Sparkling Black on the Circle Partnership’s Hospital, in Reading

Elval Colour’s etalbond® aluminium composite material (ACM) was used to create a 3D basket weave facade, on Circle Partnership’s award-winning Hospital in Reading.

The £50 million development, aimed at creating a unique environment for its patients with the best clinical services, was recently awarded ‘Best Internal Environment’ at the 2013 Better Healthcare Awards. The hospital includes the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and has been praised for its comfortable and hotel-like environment.
Completed at the end of 2013, the façade was installed by Astec Projects and manages to blend harmoniously with glass and wood elements around the building. 2,000 m2 of etalbond® panels coated in a sparkling black finish were formed into cassettes and subsequently mounted on a custom-made support frame to create a three dimensional basket weave pattern. The alternating panel geometry allows light to be reflected in multiple directions creating a stunning visual outcome.

The sparkling black coating for the etalbond panels was developed in the Coating Mixing Lab of Elval Colour, and coated according to European (ECCA) and British Standards (BBA) on one of the four coating lines that the company operates. Following the coating process, a BBA approved composite panel was laminated in one of its specialized ACM lines. etalbond® composite material is ideally suited for easy cutting, curving and routing and can be worked to create shapes and finishes not possible with traditional building materials.

Superior sheet flatness and high-end coatings allow designers to achieve unparalleled fit and finish in their final designs.


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