Aquarian Cladding has recently been awarded the contract to supply specialist cladding contractor CRL Facades with approx. 600m2 of Gebrik in VS70-10 for use on a new facility to be built by H W Pollard at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The new building is part of the Bath Royal United Hospital Trust’s overall masterplan and its initial purpose will be to house the Information Management and Medical Records departments. However the trust knows from experience that the building will probably be put to many uses over its long life therefore it has been designed by Bath-based architects Stubbs Rich to be readily adaptable, in addition to being economical, both in capital cost and the cost in use- and to be low energy, well insulated and include passive cooling.

The cleverest part of the Stubbs Rich design is their combination of Gebrik with their own building system, known as Öppen, which they define as ‘a real building minus the waste’ and is based on a patented combination of 5 key principles:

  1.       Putting users’ needs first

  2.       Lean thinking

  3.       Disentangled construction

  4.       Mass-customisation

  5.       Durability and adaptability

The construction consists of a hot-rolled steel frame, precast concrete floors and cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels.  Our Gebrik cladding system will be fixed to the CLT through an additional 70mm layer of insulation to achieve the target U value of 0.22W/m2K.

The good news so far is that in open tender this method of construction was 15% lower cost than a traditional building, and it is expected that it will be 40% quicker to build.  Gebrik will be delivered in August 2014 and you can follow the construction progress at, which will be updated as the project proceeds.

Finally, the reductions in cost and time are projected to be close to the targets set out in the Government’s strategy paper Construction 2025, so the project has been accepted by Constructing Excellence as a National Demonstration Project and its construction will be monitored and published. We will be publishing the findings on our website and in our regular newsletters so ensure you subscribe via our Home page to be kept informed of the project’s success.


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