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Project Award: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Galliford Try has awarded Speedclad the contract for the design, supply and installation of the full cladding and glazing façade on the impressive new foyer at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

The rebuilding of the International Convention Centre (ICC) and Symphony Hall in Birmingham is a high-profile scheme with the tagline "Making an Entrance" and a major transformation project for one of the city's most renowned artistic venues. The £13.2million development will extend the existing foyers and replace the dated and weathered frontage with a staggering new façade that will provide, for the first time, a dedicated entrance to Symphony Hall from Centenary Square.

More than 8,000 sqft of new space will be created with more than 6,000 sqft of unused space brought into productive use, with improved and new hospitality suites, relocation of the box office and a state-of-the-art front of house space to support daily programmes of free and affordable artistic performances. The scheme will ensure that there can be a busy and accessible learning and participation programme at Symphony Hall, as well as a vibrant social and corporate events schedule, in addition to the prestigious artistic performances it has always been known for.

Page/Park Architects have developed a design for the transformation that intelligently meets all usage objectives as well as beautifully complementing and contrasting the exterior with the surrounding architecture. The new façade will curve to mirror the curves of other buildings around Centenary Square, whilst also contrasting with the angles of the original ICC.

Speedclad's contract for this sweeping façade includes Kawneer curtain walling, Rieder Fibre-C cladding with associated bracketry and insulation, automated entrance doors, SFS and an aluminium cassette system.

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