Siemens Academy NTAR Northampton

Translucent polycarbonate cladding panels from Rodeca were specified for a national training academy to maximise natural daylight for an optimum learning environment and to show the processes within the building.

A total of 575m2 of Rodeca’s PC 2540-7 Deco-colour lightweight wall panels feature on all elevations of the £3.5million National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) developed in conjunction with Siemens’ Rail Division. The 40mm-thick, 500mm-wide Rodeca panels have been used partly as rainscreen and double-wall glazing applications.

“We sold the product to the client to increase daylighting into the spaces and to create a building that not only was translucent to show the processes but also unique in promoting the NTAR branding. The part the Rodeca systems play in the project is an important one as the whole building is clad in them. The clients wanted a building that created lots of natural daylight to promote better learning, and to provide a backdrop for students which influences their understanding of engineering education, as the building structure can be seen through the cladding.”

Ajay Chauhan, Senior Architect, CMPG

Architect: CPMG Nottingham

Main Contractor: Clegg Construction Ltd

Cladding Installer: Select Facades