When Lancashire Constabulary relocated its police station in Blackpool to a new headquarters close to the M55, it was the biggest investment in the force’s history. The need for a long-lasting, durable cladding material that would add character to the building was paramount, and Corian® Solid Surface fitted the bill perfectly.
McBains Architects created a vision for the headquarters which was commanding but not intimidating in a way that reflects its civic identity. As well as being aesthetically appealing, the brief also prioritised functionality, longevity and sustainability.
Mark Baseby the project director says, “It was important that the building reflected its relationship with Blackpool as a seaside location. And while the design needed to incorporate protection against security threats, there also needed to be a degree of ‘transparency’ especially in terms of the community-facing aspects of the building. The idea was to avoid a completely uniform appearance for the building but to create something characterful and unique.”
1,600m2 of Corian® in Glacier White, expertly fabricated into cladding panels reminiscent of seashells, creates a visually impactful and hard-wearing exterior. On the northern face, the cladding functions as a ventilated façade, which also gives the building an appealing openness. The western façade has a cantilevered canopy for greater solar shading, while the southern edge has fewer apertures and a more solid appearance. These features help the structure to achieve its all-important sustainability targets, and the building is rated ‘BREEAM very good’.
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