Northshore Innovation Centre, Teesside University

06 / 07 / 2015

Construction of the state-of-the-art Northshore Innovation Centre in Stockton on Tees has now reached completion. The 36,000sq ft building, managed by Teesside University, will be a hub for SME’s and new business starts ups in the digital, scientific and creative sectors.

Amber Precast were appointed by Esh Build to supply architectural cladding panels for the exterior of the building. The design, which reflects the centre’s modernity and innovation, required a material that was both durable and visually appealing. Amber Precast achieved a clean, contemporary finish using a pigmented precast concrete to achieve a stunning finish. The cladding, which is acid-etched, was produced with Spanish Dolomite fine aggregate to create sparkle when light catches the surface.

The project required 160 panels consisting of plinth units, spandrels, mullions and large gable end panels ranging from 1.5T to 5T with the largest panels being 6m x 2.5m all manufactured over a 13 week period. The Innovation Centre, part of Teesside’s £100m Development Scheme, hopes to bring regeneration to the area and has so far been very well received: 

“Amber Precast greatly assisted in the design, and delivery process of the Exposed Architectural Precast Concrete Cladding panels at our Innovation Centre. From the outset they assisted in developing the detailing and fixing methods of the panels to achieve the overall design intent, whilst maintaining a buildable solution for the site team.  The programme for the design and manufacturing works were delivered as our agreed programme. The panels arrived to site in the agreed sequence and to the expected level of quality. We would have no hesitations in recommending Amber Precast to undertake similar works.”

-Paul Errignton, Group Design and Bid Manager at Esh Construction.