Aliva shortlisted for prestigious INCA award duo

Aliva UK has been named as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards 2017.

Both shortlistings, in the Architectural Design Award and Excellence in System Design categories, are for the Moneypenny headquarters in Wrexham, Wales. Aliva are co-nominated with AEW Architects for the Architectural Design Award and nominated solely for Excellence in System Design.

All INCA award winners will be revealed at a black-tie dinner on Thursday 5 October at the Titanic Hotel on Liverpool’s Stanley Dock.

The £15 million Moneypenny headquarters project was characterised by a design that reflected the telephone switchboard company’s desire to set the industry standard for excellence in everything it does.

To deliver this, Aliva worked with AEW Architects to create a visually stunning and environmentally sustainable façade comprised of clean, crisp render that wraps in unbroken lines around the building. The headquarters’ window detailing was accentuated by Aliva’s anodised bronze Alucovering aluminium cladding, which draws attention to the large picture windows and gives an extra dimension to the building’s external appearance.

Aliva installed 5,000sqm of their Termok8 insulated render on a specially designed fixing system. The thermal efficiency offered by Termok8 was a key consideration in the architects’ selection process. Its use enhances the building’s environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient design, which also incorporates rainwater recycling, solar energy, ground source heating and natural ventilation for climate control.

Tremok8’s use will help the headquarters withstand the worst of the British weather – imperative given its semi-rural location. The render’s self-cleaning and anti-algae staining properties will also ensure the building maintains its pristine finish for years to come.

AEW Architects selected Aliva to deliver every aspect of the façade design from panel layouts and window details, to the design of a bespoke façade fixing system for the building.

James Ormerod, Managing Director at Aliva UK, said:

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for two INCA award categories for this stand-out project. Our inclusion in this list recognises the care Moneypenny, AEW and ourselves took to create a high-quality, eye-catching design that did not deter from the building’s sustainability ambitions.

The crisp, unbroken lines of the render create sweeping curves that attract the eye, while its thermal qualities ensure it boosts the building’s environmentally-friendly credentials.”

Moneypenny’s flagship office can accommodate 1,000 staff over three floors, allowing for the business’ planned growth. The 10-acre plot includes nature trails, orchards and gardens, with the interior of the building featuring a treehouse meeting room and a ‘village pub’ for employees.

The building was officially opened by HRH Price Charles in July of this year and has already been named as the Best Corporate Workplace in the North by the British Council for Offices (BCO).

Now in its fifth year, the INCA Awards showcase the varied range of innovative EWI solutions that can be used to enhance the performance and design of a building.