The striking iCentrum building incorporating Wetherby’s Epsicoat system is the first in a phase of new developments located in Birmingham. The 41,700sq ft. building is situated next to the Faraday Wharf and Aston University is due to deliver 400 high-value skilled tech jobs; generating £25m of GVA to the local economy per annum.
The £8 million project was designed in partnership by Acivico and successfully delivered by Midlands based company Thomas Vale Construction Ltd, a Bouygues UK company. Over the 60 week build programme the development site transformed into a state of the art facility for growing technology companies.
Wetherby’s Epsicoat system was incorporated onto a steel framework with an external skin of cement particle board. The EWI system was installed by Complete Rendering Solutions using a range of EPS insulation thicknesses; 90mm, 120mm and 180mm increasing thermal efficiency as well as making it acoustically sound. Three shades of silicone render including; a fresh white and striking green and purple produced a focal point within Birmingham’s tech community. As an additional design feature, mesh louvered grills were installed off extended brackets to create a prominent ‘3D’ effect to the building. The iCentrum has been designed with by using this method of construction; large structures can be erected, made watertight and finished externally with unbelievable speed.
Craig Tatton, Managing Director at Thomas Vale said: “This project has been a great success for everyone. Not only have we delivered a fantastic facility that will drive the future of Birmingham’s digital economy, we have also delivered some great community initiatives.
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO at Innovation Birmingham, said: “Delivering iCentrum to the Innovation Birmingham Campus marks another exciting milestone in the development plans for Innovation Birmingham and we are thrilled that the project has been completed both on-time and on-budget.
The building will perfectly complement our thriving Faraday Wharf building adding to our offering to Birmingham’s more digitally-orientated entrepreneurs and SMEs from across all key business sectors in the regional economy.”