Council for Aluminium in Building

Forbury Place

Project Forbury Place
Location Reading, Berkshire
Sector Commercial Office Space
Architect Aukett Swanke
Subcontractor MTW Architectural
CAB member Powdertech (Corby)
Powder coating system Polyester powder coating. Tiger Coatings, RAL9002 satin white and “California” gloss bronze
Aluminium System Vertical curved and solar shading fins

Vertical fins provide a distinctive visual effect on the east and west facades, together with highly efficient solar shading. The twisted and curved fins presented a logistical challenge as one side of each fin had to be coated in RAL 9002 white satin and the other in California bronze gloss. Ingenuity was required to control the powder film thickness onto a 3-dimensional panel that required a high visual integrity. Consistency of colour across every fin had to be of the highest quality to achieve the design effect. In total, 2,500 m2 of aluminium fins & façade panels were powder coated.