Purely Academic with Bradite Cladit
Bradite Cladit exterior finish is now gracing the exterior of three buildings on the Derby Road Campus of West Nottinghamshire College and Vision West Notts further education college. The college was originally formed in the 1970s and currently caters for approximately 19,000 students in full and part-time education. The campus was badly in need of a revamp, with a revitalised visual appearance designed to reflect the 21st century status and high academic achievements of the college.
The decision was taken to rejuvenate the exterior cladding on two of the buildings and to redecorate the windows on the third. This was part of a £24 million scheme to completely transform the site, with both refurbishment and new build including a new restaurant, health spa and beauty salon.
Water based Cladit from Bradite was specified by contractors DSW Holding Limited for all of the recoating work. The product is a water thinned polyurethane acrylic finish that according to Dave Woods of DSW offered the best solution in terms of long lasting protection and easy maintenance. “Having used the product for many projects, we know the ability of the Cladit product as far as the quality of application and performance is concerned” he explains. Also the range of colours was an important aspect as the colours, grey for the windows and red for the cladding itself, were selected to fulfil one of the aims for the redevelopment of the campus to rejuvenate the visual appearance of the campus. Bradite’s facility to provide the desired colour scheme was instrumental in the specification process.
Cladit has been specifically formulated to revitalise metal cladding – the single water -pack polyurethane acrylic is easy to apply and can offer a 10- year maintenance cycle. Dave Woods agrees with the ease of use, adding that the preparation of the existing metal cladding and metal windows was far more time consuming than the actual application of the product.
Now complete after six weeks on site, the modernised and updated existing buildings stand proudly next to the new structures, resplendent and regenerated thanks to the Cladit finish.