The new entrance known as the Rotunda Building, for Coventry’s £334 million University Hospital, Walsgrave, has won the Andy Swan 2006 Award for the best use of external wall insulation for a medical building. The Awards are sponsored by the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA).
The 12m high building takes its name from its striking appearance with a curved façade around the circular building of lightweight steel frame construction.
The specifier, Skanska, used 1400 square metres of Roxulation, a polymer-based barrier external wall insulation system, incorporating 70 mm of mineral wool lamella insulation to satisfy Building Regulations for energy efficiency. A Lymestone finish was used primarily, with highlighting features finished in TerraNeo. Ashlar grooves were incorporated into the design to give an authentic appearance. The system designer was Dryvit UK; the installer, ECL Contracts – both INCA members.