Verta column casings go public
Creating practical and attractive interiors is never an easy task, but for public buildings, the challenges can be even more acute, as the design often must be resilient enough to cope with high levels of footfall and the associated risk of accidental damage.
This is particularly true in the leisure, health and education sectors, as well as local authority buildings and service centres, where the combined demands for durability, practicality and aesthetics all need to be met.
Encasement’s Verta column casing range provides architects and contractors with an unrivalled scope of materials and finishes and is already widely used in a range of public sector projects.
Sports & leisure
At Gateshead International Stadium, Encasement supplied and installed 16 ‘Circa’ pre-formed plywood column casings, finished in a brushed aluminium Formica DecoMetal® laminate, to conceal structural columns in the reception and main entrance foyer.
Six of the 350mm diameter column casings are 7 metres tall and are located adjacent to the building’s main curved glass facade, while the remaining 3 metre high casings are installed in the ground floor café bar area and upper gallery level.
Local authority buildings
Metal column casings from Encasement’s ‘Forma’ range were chosen by Brighton & Hove Council to conceal structural columns, whilst also forming part of an integrated circular seating arrangement at a five storey customer services centre in the city.
Bright colours have been used throughout the centre’s interior design and the column casings are finished in a RAL 5015 blue polyester powder coated (PPC) finish, which contrasts with the bright green seating and interior décor to help guide visitors to the correct area.
The healthcare sector is a major user of Encasement products, including hospitals, health centres and special care facilities. For Blackpool’s Moor Park Health Centre, 26 column casings were supplied to the facility including a unique, 7 metre high elliptical casing, from the ‘Polyma’ range.
Manufactured from glass reinforced polymer (GRP) the bespoke manufactured casing provides a striking aesthetic feature to Moor Park’s spacious reception area, yet is also extremely durable and resistant to damage.
Elliptical ‘Polyma’ GRP casings are also being used at a 40 bedroom Extra Care facility, which is operated by Boston Mayflower housing association in Lincolnshire for people with specialist care needs. Measuring 800mm x 500mm and standing 2.7 metres high, the casings conceal internal structural column and rainwater harvesting pipe work.
Encasement casing solutions are installed in numerous schools, sixth form centres and higher education projects across the UK. Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Heathhall Primary School was one of the first to use Forma metal column casings to conceal exterior structural supports, while at Maidstone’s New Line Learning Academy, Forma casings also help create a feature entrance to the front of the building.
Square and rectangular ‘Quadra’ pre-formed plywood column casings are used extensively in public areas at both Howley Grange Primary School, in Halesowen, and Farnborough Sixth Form College to conceal structural elements and provide improved aesthetics.
At Liverpool University, 8 circular plywood casings are used in the café area to conceal existing features located around the perimeter, while a further nine 250mm diameter casings are used as part of a high-level table design built around existing structural columns.