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Trafford College, Manchester



Trafford College, Manchester

Trafford College in Manchester (which features the Silkolitt lite system from K Systems) was the proud winner of a RIBA Award for the North West Region and winner of the Non-Residential category at the INCA Conference in 2011.

The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards celebrate leading EWI projects in the UK, covering new-build, refurb, non-residential and domestic sectors.

The INCA judges commented: “This project reflects the aesthetic creativity offered by EWI for new build projects and the end result is a striking building which the local community can be rightly proud of”.

The £25million scheme, designed by Stephenson Bell Architects to a BREEAM standard of ‘Very Good’. K Systems worked closely with the architects throughout the project to achieve a suitable solution for the innovative angular facade. The incorporation of modern building materials and systems into the design of Trafford College required K Systems to develop new and unique interface details.

The project schedule required the Silkolitt lite system to be installed prior to the windows, so K Systems detailed weatherproof window reveals to prevent the system being damaged prior to the installation of the glazing. In addition, there was a requirement for us to create interface details with the GRP Precast Feature Fins and the Sun Louvers that are installed to all south facing 1st floor windows.

A total of 3500m2 of the Silkolitt lite system was installed comprising 80mm EPS insulation boards and K Systems 1.5mm Silkolitt+ silicone render, the latter contributing to the building’s striking contemporary exterior.

Additional information

Building Type

New Build, Refurbishment

Insulation Type




Render / Finish

Silicone render

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