Sotech pushes industry boundaries

The newest addition to BSkyB’s head office campus has been clad in Sotech’s Optima FC Secret Fix rainscreen system.

Sotech utilised new manufacturing techniques to provide ACM panels of up to 5.2 metres long – which is above the industry standard length – for BSkyB’s Believe in Better Building in London.

A total of 2,500mý of Optima FC secret fix rainscreen panels was provided in sunrise silver metallic Alucobond along with 700mý of fascias, soffits and window pods anodised in Sky Blue UA160-0.

Working with Arup Associates, Mace Contracts and Glass Solutions, Sotech says it called on its 30 years of experience to develop a specialised carrier rail for their FC system in order for it to work effectively with the SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) used on the Believe in Better Building, and within an extremely limited cladzone.

Graham Todd, technical sales manager at Sotech, said: “This was a fantastic project to work on; it was great to be involved in the panel design for the building, and to be able to provide such a range of bespoke systems. We’re extremely proud of the finished project.”

Sotech has invested heavily in design and manufacturing technology and says it remains the only rainscreen manufacturer to offer a system that is both independently tested to CWCT standards and achieves LPCB Red Book accreditation.

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