Sotech uses expert techniques to produce secret solution

OptimaSotech has provided a range of bespoke Optima FC Secret Fix rainscreen systems to the recently opened commercial development, The Core, Science Central in Newcastle.

The rainscreen manufacturer says it worked closely with Faulkner Brown Architects and installers Charles Henshaw and Sons to produce bespoke secret fix panels for the project, which were anodised in Regency Gold 2.

The rainscreen included horizontal and vertical fins spanning out from each floor on the development, which were specifically designed to create a picture frame effect. The horizontal fins were fitted onto the FC Rainscreen at Sotech’s manufacturing facility, helping to save time during installation.

Sotech says the corners of the building presented a challenge in that the panels for these had to be manufactured in two parts with bespoke bolted corners. This was done to ensure they could still be anodised and secretly fixed without compromising on panel module size.

Graham Todd, technical sales manager at Sotech, said: “There’s a wide range of techniques used on Science Central that show the level of expertise we employ at Sotech to ensure design requirements are met. The end result is fantastic, and we’re all extremely proud of it.”

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

The training facility and showroom are open to specifiers and contractors, where all Sotech’s Optima Rainscreen Systems are on display alongside the widest selection of materials and finishes, including pre and post coat aluminium, ACM, copper, zinc, stainless steel, digital print and anodised.

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