Cladding experts given global bank HQ job

Artist's impression of the new building
Artist's impression of the new building
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A Yorkshire firm that specialises in the production of glass reinforced concrete (GRC) cladding products has won a major contract to design and create panels for the prestigious new UK headquarters of a worldwide bank.

GB Architectural Cladding Products, based in Liversedge, West Yorkshire, has been awarded the contract, worth £2.4m, for the design and delivering of cladding for use on the new HSBC head office in Birmingham.

The head office will be the base for the bank’s business and personal customer operations.

GB Architectural will design and manufacture GRC cladding for the £90m building with delivery on-site of the panels beginning next June until Easter 2017.

A spokesman for the firm said: “This is a highly prestigious contract award and we are absolutely delighted to have been selected to undertake this work by main contractor Galliford Try Building Ltd.

“The design of the GRC panels and restraints is now under way.”

GB Architectural has a turnover of £7m and employs 50 people.

Other major contract wins include providing GRC panels for the new Dakota Hotel in Greek Street, Leeds.

The firm also recently secured prestigious work including providing panels for the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, the Southbank Tower in London and student accommodation
blocks at the University of Liverpool.

GRC cladding is becoming increasingly popular with building firms and architects as the manufactured panels are lighter, faster and easier to install than traditional concrete panels while providing the same durable qualities meaning there are significant construction cost savings to be made.