Sotech, a UK manufacturer of rainscreen and bespoke architectural fabrications, recently supplied a unique façade solution for an ASDA multi-storey car park in Weymouth.

Working on the new-build multi-storey, Sotech was required to provi

Sotech’s Optima IPC extruded aluminium plank system proved to be the answer for the £50,000 project. Over 450m2 of the extruded IPC system, known as ‘Xplank’, was provided in a textured PPC finish to match the roof tile’s surface and colour.

Xplank is only a tenth of the weight of traditional terracotta tiling and is recommended for areas where the cladding comes into pedestrian areas, due to its strength and impact resistance.

The Xplank was comprehensively impact tested at both Sotech’s state-of-the-art testing facility and by independent authorities. These results were compared directly with  the durability of traditional terracotta tiling.

John Egginton, Managing Director of Sotech said: “The unique terracotta-style finish that we provided on this project has shown that Sotech is capable of developing innovative solutions for any design requirement. The improvement in durability and weight highlights the Xplank system as a very attractive alternative to less durable clay based ceramic options currently available.

“We continue to carry out the most rigorous of tests on all of our products and constantly look forward to the next challenge that we’re presented with.”

Xplank has been used extensively on schools, and is available in a variety of finishes including anodised, smooth and textured PPC.


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