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Project Award: Platform 21, Birmingham

Wates Construction has awarded Speedclad the contract for the curtain walling, windows and rainscreen cladding facade, on Platform 21 in Birmingham city centre.

The new scheme, at 102 New Street, is a major overhaul of the 10-storey building previously known as The Charters, adjacent to New Street station and originally designed for Woolworths in 1960. This extensive facelift will be a Category A refurbishment to turn the building into one of the first major office complexes people see when they exit the train station. A key element of the scheme will be to switch the primary elevation and entrance around to Stephenson Street, with this elevation stripped back and re-clad and storey-height windows installed, as well as extending the top 3 floors to provide views across New Street and the city.

On the New Street elevation, the building's most recognisable feature, a wall-mounted glass elevator, will be removed and remodelled into a meeting space, and new glazing and signage installed.

Speedclad's works include a terracotta cladding system, 2nd fired glazed to a grey finish with spots, plus Marquina Honed Limestone cladding to the ground floor and polyester powder coated aluminium flashings, trims and coatings, as well as curtain walling, windows and all associated items.

The design, by Associated Architects, will vastly enhance the building's sustainability credentials, part of which will be the improved thermal performance provided by the main facade and glazing. Platform 21 is part of an extensive redevelopment in the city centre, and the scheme is surrounded by the other key redevelopments of New Street station, Grand Central and the 1.8million sq.ft Paradise site.

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