Council for Aluminium in Building

Forbury Place

ProjectForbury Place
LocationReading, Berkshire
SectorCommercial Office Space
ArchitectAukett Swanke
SubcontractorMTW Architectural
CAB memberPowdertech (Corby)
Powder coating systemPolyester powder coating. Tiger Coatings, RAL9002 satin white and “California” gloss bronze
Aluminium SystemVertical 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.