Construction work on the Guinness Brewery at Waterford has involved the use of metal cladding panels finished in Celestia in a stunning Sirius colour. The conversion of the brewery into a special ingredient plant for the production of Guinness extract, involved both new build and the integration of existing buildings.
The design brief from the clients to architects, RKD Architects, was to project a modern, forward looking identity consistent with the Guinness brand and to create a landmark at the easternmost end of Waterford City Quays.
The shape of the building lent itself to a selection of profiled metal cladding, which had to be selected and agreed with all parties involved in the construction process prior to the planning application being lodged. The Celestia coated Tegral Arcline twin skin profiled metal cladding system was approved by all concerned.
The visual impression of the cladding was a key specification issue, as Rodney Rice, Product Development Manager at Corus, explains. “The metallic effect of Celestia is a popular choice of metal cladding coating for high profile developments, as it suggests the appearance of natural metals whilst providing a durable and high performance steel coating. Additionally, Celestia comes with the Corus Confidex® guarantee offered directly to the building owner, which enables future disputes in the contractual chain to be minimised should any problem arise.”
The plant utilised the existing masonry walls with the curved cladding structure springing from the existing walls at a height of three metres from the surrounding ground level. The new structure comprises a series of steel portal frames that vary in height to give the desired curved effect in elevation.
Source: Communique PR