Imperial College Sports Centre
When Imperial College London added a new sports centre to its campus, the façade system specified on the project had diverse specification requirements to fulfil. Silkolitt Pro, the award-winning insulated render system from K Systems, met all the aesthetic, performance and technical demands of the project. The new five-storey sports centre was built on the foundations of the original 1960’s centre and was designed to blend in with the surrounding architecture.
The top floors of the building house new residential accommodation for the College. The Sports Centre and residential building is a new building adjacent to a listed 19th Century terrace set within a conservation area. The brief demanded an insulated render system that would echo the period character of the College. The Silkolitt Pro system specified on the project therefore incorporated extra strips of insulation to create feature bands on the walls. The main purpose of the building is for sports activities, so for this reason 140mm mineral wool insulation system was chosen as it offered excellent acoustic properties, a key requirement of the Architect. Mineral wool is one of a range of sustainable insulation options available from K Systems and is suitable for where a non-combustible facade is required. It offers excellent thermal efficiency and helps to stabilise the building’s structural fabric.
High performance Silkolitt silicone render was used as the external facing on the scheme, offering enhanced water shedding capability and resistance to surface dirt, making it ideal for the city location. Like all K System renders, Silkolitt also has very low maintenance demands. The system is available in 16 basic colours, which, when combined with lighter or darker options, offer 400 co-coordinated shades to suit any building style. The Architects were Arup Associates, the installation of the render was completed by Purkiss Brothers Ltd and the main contractor was ISG Interior/Exterior.