SOLAR SHADING,POLYESTER, A Coating to Put Others in the Shade

Project Overview:

Northampton's Waterside Enterprise Zone is part of the Northampton Alive regeneration scheme which incorporates a £330m campus for the city's University alongside global brands and thriving small businesses. The first new building to open in the Enterprise Zone was the £8.5m University of Northampton Innovation Centre, a hub for organisations that deliver social impact. The building has forty-two flexible office accommodation units and a cafe.

The six floor building is exposed to the elements on all four elevations and the architectural design incorporates an extensive solar shading system across them all. 

The Solution:

Vertical solar shading fins on the north, east and west side of the building shade the windows from summer sun and moderate solar gain. They improve the insulation value of glass in the winter by acting as a windbreak. On the south side of the building, horizontal solar shading fins, across the windows, will reduce glare and solar heat gain in the summer but also allow low winter sunlight to shine through in the colder darker months. 

Powdertech Corby Ltd coated over 1800 individual sections comprising fins, end plates and brackets, in a premium quality Valspar architectural powder, RAL 9010 white matt. 


  • Powdertech is an approved applicator of Valspar architectural powder coatings with excellent gloss retention, resistance to corrosion and  UV light.
  • The powders have colour stability of up to 40-years.
  • Colour is consistent between batches.
  • Coatings have good edge coverage.
  • Powdertech can process different parts and metals to complete the project  under one roof.
  • Collecting and delivering finished sections and expertise in packaging is included.

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