Horbury Facades, part of the Horbury Group, has secured a contract to design and install the innovative rainscreen cladding system for the new Digital Media Hub that forms part of the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies on behalf of Nottingham Trent University.

The new building will feature the increasingly popular ‘Corten’ panel, which naturally weathers over time, producing a striking, oxide finish that protects the building.  The natural patina, which mellows over time, creates a protective coating that provides a highly durable, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing façade.

Horbury Facades will work on behalf of main contractors Stepnells Ltd, with the building due for completion in Summer 2018.

Adrian Storey, General Manager at Horbury Facades, said: “This is an exciting contract win for our team.  We have extensive experience of designing and installing facades created using Corten, which is a popular choice for use in urban and former industrial areas.  We’re looking forward to working with Stepnells to achieve the architect’s vision for this building.”

The development will see two sites at Convent and Parliament Street linked by a stunning seven storey education centre, enabling Confetti to deliver more courses to students studying for both college-level courses and degrees.

The use of Corten will complement the traditional red brick build of the adjacent buildings on Parliament street, close to the city centre.  Here, part of the former Confetti building was demolished earlier in 2017 to make way for the Digital Media Hub, which is expected will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status.

Horbury Facades is a specialist rainscreen cladding contractor offering full design and installation services.  As a division of Horbury Group, the company has experience of working with a range of materials including composite panels, high pressure laminates, terracotta tiles, steel and aluminium cassette systems.