Creative facade for student flats

Powdertech Corby has used high quality powder coatings by Tiger Drylac to produce a striking colour contrast for the facade elements of Chapter Lewisham, award-winning modular-construct student accommodation in Lewisham.

The building is an integral part of Lewisham Council’s town centre regeneration plan.  Architects were asked to design accommodation using 636 modular prefabricated units and to enhance the uninspiring existing ‘streetscape’ of high rise developments. An entrance canopy and large windows were introduced to open up the accommodation block by giving a colonnade effect. Panels in shades of yellow were added either side of the windows, achieving a bright facade, distinguishing the accommodation from the dull frontage of some of the surrounding buildings.

In order to retain a fresh new appearance for many years, these architectural design elements needed to be coated in a finish with excellent durability and requiring minimal maintenance. Powdertech Corby coated soffits, sills, jambs and head sections for the modular build using pearlescent grey (RAL 7048) for the main sections. and a combination of three yellow shades (RAL 1016,1018&1023) for the window panels. The high quality architectural powders from Tiger Drylac have excellent weathering properties and colour retention. E-architect, the global architecture website, has described Chapter Lewisham as one of the largest and creative modern student a buildings to date.

Alu D&T winners announced! Posted: 8th March 2017

Winners announced in aluminium industry’s national schools design competition – the Alu D&T Challenge


Seventeen students from schools around the UK have been named as winners in the Alu D&T Challenge, a national competition for 11 to 14 year olds organised by the aluminium industry to inspire young designers to create sustainable products using aluminium.

Students and their teachers received their prizes at a celebratory event at Thinktank Science Museum.

The national schools competition, linked to the Design and Technology curriculum, helps teach pupils about the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium by challenging them to design a sustainable product for the future using aluminium.The design challenges are based on real-life briefs faced by designers, engineers and manufacturers in three categories – transport, building and packaging.  They form part of a wider package of cross-curricular teaching resources which have been developed by the aluminium industry to support teachers of pupils aged 7 to 14.

Judging took place in two stages, reducing over 200 entries to a final shortlist of 30; with the final winners chosen by a panel made up of senior figures from the aluminium industry, and specialists in engineering and architecture.

The winning individual and team in each of the three design challenges won a 3D printer for their school, plus £100 in vouchers for the pupils. Prizes were also awarded to runners up and finalists in each category.

The panel of judges agreed the 2016/17 winners were:


Vehicle of the future category:

·        Winner – individual: Alex Brown (Year 8) Oakham School, Leics.

·        Winner – team: Urmston Grammar School

·        Runner Up: Thomas Lemon, St. John’s School, Northwood.


Garden building for a creative homeworker category:

·        Winner – individual: Amy Riddlesdell, Oakham School

·        Winner –team: Urmston Grammar School

·        Runner up: Tobias Raphael, Crosfields School


Innovative new packaging solution category:

·        Winner – individual: Ethan Thorne, St. Ives School

·        Winner – team: Ysgol Glan-y-Mor

·        Runner up: Nick Wood, St Ives School

Material of the Month

Aluminium is March’s ‘Material of the Month’ in Materials World, the journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Featuring comment by Prof. Geoff Scamans of Innoval Technology/Brunel University.

“From aircraft and skyscrapers to smartphones and packaging, aluminium is one of the most versatile materials used today. Natalie Daniels discovers why.”


Aluminium Alpine targets 1,000kg

Renault’s new Alpine sports coupe, a modern tribute to the 1960s original, features an all-aluminium body weighing around 1,000kg, a figure that promises to deliver performance advantages over its main rival, the Porsche Cayman.