Weston Supermare’s Grand Pier has been destroyed twice by fire and
so, when it was being refurbished for a third time, the choice of
panels for the Pavillion building was vitally important.
Trespa panels were specified for the £39m transformation of the Grand Pier, which were fabricated and supplied by Sheffield-based architectural panel manufacturer Panel Systems. Not only were the panels, which were fitted into the aluminum window frames and formed the exterior walls to the pavilion, required to offer fire retardant properties, they also needed to withstand the harsh effects of salt, wind, sun and sea.
Panel Systems supplied 350m2 of 6mm thick white Trespa cladding with fire retardant properties.
Trespa was chosen for the exterior face of the panels, as it is extremely weather resistant and is not adversely affected by sun, rain or weathering on its surface or core.
Both the UV resistance and colour stability of the vertically applied decorative surface are guaranteed not to change significantly for at least ten years, even under the most severe climatic conditions, making them well suited to the exposed pier.
Trespa is also renowned for its high impact resistant surface and the material is not affected by moisture, or susceptible to weathering, mould or rot. The Trespa panels manufactured by Panel Systems were of a fire retardant specification, which will not melt, drip or explode, retaining its stability for the long term and therefore enhancing the safety of the building.
Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, explains: “It was very important that the panels met the very stringent criteria required on this project. It is unlikely you could find a project that requires a more robust type of product and we worked closely with the contractor to supply a panel that achieved the demanding requirements.”
Weston Supermare Grand Pier was officially reopened in October 2010 and is home to Britain’s smallest rollercoaster, although the pier itself can hold almost 7,000 people at any one time. The pavillion features a modern glass frontage, providing an attractive and welcoming building on one of the Weston Supermare’s most popular attractions.
Panel Systems Ltd has over 35 years’ experience in the production of high quality panels for the construction industry. The company has extensive resources, including two manufacturing facilities, with the very latest CNC technology for the fabrication, machining and engraving of boards. This includes offering a design service, as well as taking in customers’ own CAD files and producing bespoke panels to meet their requirements.
Panel Systems has the expertise to work with a wide range of facing materials and core materials and can advise on achieving U values and structural load calculations to meet specific performance requirements.
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