Council for Aluminium in Building

Coventry University

Project Coventry University – Engineering & Computing Block
Location Coventry
Sector Education
Project value £6.5 m
Architect ARUP Associates
Main contractor VINCI Construction UK
Subcontractor MERO-Schmidlin (UK) plc
CAB member RAICO UK
System RAICO THERM+56H-I (Aluminium on Timber)

The facades of the Science block, which face the inner courtyard, are the most striking element of the new development. The facades are formed from a lightweight timber grid, onto which insulated panels with an aluminium louvre profiled surface are glazed. These panels form an interlocking hexagonal pattern with opening windows shaded by aluminium hoods.

The remaining facades to both buildings are formed from similar aluminium panels running around the building, with a line of brise soleil running horizontally above and below the windows. At ground floor level a band of rendered façade forms a skirting to the building.