Sandy Park Hotel up for top award

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By Mark Stevens

The multi-million pound Courtyard Exeter Sandy Park Hotel has been recognised for its innovative use of rainscreen facade cladding.

The 2022 RCI Awards has shortlisted the luxury, 250-bed hotel, which opened in April of this year, as one of a handful in the UK that demonstrate outstanding use of fibre cement cladding.

Supplied by Vivalda Group and installed by TAC Projects, the lower levels of the development use Ceramapanel A1 rated panels in two colours from the natural textures touch range (1031 Charcoal and 1021 Light Slate).

These façade panels provide a ribboned effect, giving the external walls a subtle, grooved finish, which offers an ideal non-combustible alternative to timber facades.

Andy Thomas, regional director at Vivalda Group, said: “This really is a stand-out project that will bring new visitors to the Sandy Park stadium via a unique fixed bridge link to the rugby ground. Every element of the new hotel oozes quality and this is reflected in the very high specification of the Ceramapanel cladding which was face-fixed using a riveted system.”

The hotel - which is situated next to Sandy Park Stadium - forms a landmark as you approach the city, sitting alongside the M5 beside from the stadium.

The RCI Awards will take place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on November 4.

Other Nominees

  • NTU Clinical Skills, Nottingham - Advanced Roofing with Proteus Facades
  • Courtyard by Marriott Sandy Park Hotel - TAC Projects with Kingspan Facades
  • Didsbury Centre – Imperial Facades with BTS Facades and Fabrications
  • Forstal House – Birkby Construction with ICB (Fabrications)
  • Hounslow Street Quarter – M H Massey Roofing and Cladding with AKV Architectural Facades
  • Luxurio - McAleer & Rushe with Genius Facades
  • Northfield Swimming Pool – KR Steel with Kingspan (entered 'Composite Panel')
  • Perry Barr Station - Precision Projects with Ash & Lacy
  • Plot C1, English Cities Fund (ECF) Metclad Contracts with Sotech
  • Taberner House - Henry Construction with Genius Facades
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