South East based BBS Facades and Brandclad have recently worked together to successfully complete a complex rainscreen cladding project that showcased the technical capabilities of both teams. The Ashford building in Southampton has been shortlisted for Best New Build Project at the annual RCI Façade Awards.
A new build mental health unit in Southampton, known as Ashford, is run by Southern Health Trust. Designed as a supportive and safe residential 10-bed facility for men with a learning disability who have been detained under the Mental Health Act, the building posed specific challenges for the for architects and contractors involved in delivering the eye-catching building. Certainly, the building needed to be welcoming and attractive, but it also had the meet the specific needs of the patients and the 40+ healthcare professionals working at the site.
Using 10mm Trespa Meteon cladding (in four shades of green) to create a distinctive central upper floor façade, most of the building envelope was clad in a much warmer wood effect Meteon board.
All of the ‘green splash’ cladding and lower level wood effect Trespa board was fixed using colour matched rivets. This created an attractive aesthetic look but also met with the budget and the strict safety requirements specified on the original designs.