CharacteristicsDurable, tough, easy-clean, non-porous, reparable, seamless
CertificationRIBA East Midlands Building of the Year 2018
When the NHS Chesterfield Royal Hospital commissioned a separate and dedicated cancer outpatient facility, the brief to architects The Manser Practice was to create a comfortable, modern and welcoming clinical environment in which the design would contribute to the therapeutic ambiance of the space. The new £10 million NGS MacMillan Unit offers an optimum range of treatment, testing and care facilities over two stories, and features an impressive ventilated façade made from Corian® Exteriors, an innovative solution based on Corian® Solid Surface that is increasingly specified for the exterior skin of buildings.
RIBA East Midlands Award
The project beat competition from architectural schemes from across the East Midlands to take the prestigious accolade of RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year 2018. The judges commented on the use of white Corian® cladding which gives the building elegance and reinforces the sense of quality, and the contrast of the white Corian® panels with the carefully selected planting scheme making it a truly uplifting place to be, for patients, visitors and staff alike.
Use of Corian®
The use of Corian® for interiors is well known in various forms, from work surfaces to joinery cladding and even lighting. On this project, Corian® is one of a very small palette of materials used and it makes an elegant link to both internal and external spaces. Corian® Exteriors is a highly valued solution for façade applications due to both its aesthetic versatility and long-term performance.
The façade was created by Unique Fabrications, an Industrial Partner of the Corian® Quality Network, using approx. 1,000 square meters of Corian® Solid Surface 12mm thick in a Glacier White color. This featured perforated panels to the windows and large radius panels thermoformed to the precise shapes required, plus external fins, also clad in Corian®. The fabrication and installation using Kiel fixings took three months.
Features & Benefits
Completely homogenous and non-porous, it is a hygienic material, easy to clean and maintain. It is also resistant to graffiti, UV and climatic conditions – and, should any damage occur – the material is repairable. It can be thermoformed and jointed, allowing curves to be introduced and corners mitered. A further advantage is an ability to laser cut artwork for areas such as the vent panels and the detailing of the louvers, while its subtle translucency lends a softness, particularly at night when light falls across it.