Low-energy cladding panels used for new Forum Health Centre, Coventry
For the ambitious £2.4m rebuilding of Forum Health Centre in Coventry, the old building was demolished to make way for one of the most-technically-advanced GP surgeries in the UK.
In the process of delivering a GP practice to redefine primary care for the 21st Century; IDP Architects, which led the design of the new facility, specified VIVIX by Formica Group for the exterior.
The new centre boasts 22 consulting rooms in a state-of-the-art building which incorporates the latest technologies.
Designed to consume a fraction of the energy of the old build, the practice has adopted the use of LED lighting technology, innovative climate control, and energy-efficient exterior cladding.
Decorative on both sides, the 6mm-thick VIVIX panels in Diamond Black were applied to the building exterior to provide a visual contrast against the white render.
From a functional perspective, VIVIX panels can contribute to a building’s thermal efficiency when used as part of a rainscreen ventilated system.
In addition to the excellent weather and UV resistant properties that help enhance the durability of VIVIX panels; the surface also offers an ease of maintenance. Not only does this mean the build will stay looking good for longer, but also that maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.
The lightweight nature of VIVIX panels means it is quick to install, resulting in time-efficiency benefits and minimal site disruption.
The manufacturing of VIVIX by Formica Group at its UK manufacturing plant also helps to reduce material transportation which, in turn, contributes to the lowering of the project’s overall carbon footprint.