High Performance Colours

Client:            Chapter London

Location:       Frying Pan Alley, Spitalfields, East London

Finish:            Four architectural polyester powder shades - See below

Project Overview

Frying Pan Alley may sound as though it belongs in a Dicken’s novel and was certainly home to ironmongers and braziers in the past but Chapter Spitalfields student accommodation block, rising majestically above the busy streets below, is far from quaint. This is a stunning state-of-the building, the third tallest student accommodation building in the world, standing 34 floors high, with a fabulous view over the City from the top floor bar.

Colour first and foremost

Gleaming in metallic silvers and pearlescent blues, this is truly a tour de force in using colour and form to reflect light and create an uplifting visual experience. Rising upwards the tower seems to become part of the sky. We pre-treated and powder coated 1800sq metres of rainscreen cladding using four shades of high-performance architectural powder. Two metallic silvers were used – Classic Ice, a Powdertech Anomatch™ shade, and Tiger Coatings 29/90700. Pearlescent grey was RAL 9022 from Adapta, and the metallic blue was Adapta DX5103XW. The finish thickness across the cladding was 60 microns minimum and all powders conform to European fire prevention classification A2,Si,d0.

Panels were supplied to storage off-site direct from Powdertech in “site ready” batches to meet the build schedule of panel sizes and colours.

This is the second project Powdertech has undertaken for Chapter London – we powder coated Chapter Lewisham also.

Benefits of using Powdertech

  • Our unique plant layout gives Powdertech the ability to deliver a range of different elements in different colours with very quick lead-times.
  • Powdertech's immersion chrome-free pre-treatment system ensures that even unseen and un-coated areas are protected against corrosion whilst the coated faces have a life expectancy in excess of 25 years.
  • The colours applied with a polyester system are consistent and repeatable.
  • The cladding system features a remarkably flat surface enhanced by the smooth polyester finish. This is a low maintenance and sustainable system.

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