EQUITONE natura fibre cement facade material has created a striking, tri-colour exterior for the headquarters of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The Newport base of the UK Statistics Authority has been given a unique look by the EQUITONE facade, which provides a low maintenance exterior that combines excellent aesthetics with durability. 

With the existing exterior walls needing extensive repairs, the ONS worked alongside VINCI Facilities to design a new rainscreen cladding system, specifying 6,800m2 of EQUITONE natura in a combination of colours and panel sizes. 

Dave Willett, senior project manager at VINCI Facilities, said: “With existing walls needing extensive repairs that would affect the overall aesthetic of the building, we needed to find a solution that was visually striking, but also sympathetic to the original brick colours.  

“We felt that EQUITONE provided the best combination of quality, versatility and value for money. The adjustability of the mounting system accommodated the varying planes of the original walls extremely well, resulting in a really crisp finish.” 

Dave added: “EQUITONE was very supportive at the design stage and maintained their support throughout. There have been no issues with the product to date and it is looking as sharp and rich in colour as the day it was installed.” 

EQUITONE natura gives specifiers full creative scope of modern exterior wall cladding systems with the performance levels contemporary buildings demand, with anti-graffiti coating and a fire classification of A2-s1, d0.