International Convention Centre

ICC Wales is set to redefine not only what a conference centre should be, but how it should be built.

The Project

Opening in September 2019, the £84 million International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) at Celtic Manor Resort is already set to become one of the UK’s most high-profile conference venues. The largest of its kind in Wales and South West England, the development comprises a vast range of facilities, including a 1,500-seat auditorium, a 4,000m2 pillar-free main hall, and additional meeting rooms and networking spaces.


Whilst it draws inspiration from the best conference centres around the world, the ICC Wales is firmly rooted in the spirit of its homeland. Surrounded by the Welsh countryside and woodland, yet conveniently located for the M4 motorway, the building’s design embraces the contrast between the strong local heritage and the modern requirements of the project with a sensitive and adventurous design, featuring Kingspan Facades’ versatile Dri-Design cassettes.

Event Venue
Location :
Building Owner:
Celtic Manor Resort
Boyes Rees Architects
Rainscreen Substructure:
QuadCore™ Karrier Panel
Rainscreen Facades:
Dri-Design Flat Cassettes | Evolution Axis
The Dri-Design cassettes helped us to preserve the look-and-feel of the original design intent of having slate cladding, with a much simpler and lighter construction that is much quicker to install. It was very important to our clients that they were involved at every stage of the process and Kingspan’s technical team were excellent, providing samples of the product and answering any technical queries.

Robbie Hyde-Associate
Boyes Rees Architects

The Grey and The Green

ICC Wales

The concept of embracing the natural beauty of the area whilst building a state-of-the-art, contemporary facility is exemplified by the use of Dri-Design to clad the majority of the upper elevations. With the freedom to design each individual cassette, the system allowed for the dark grey flat cassettes to be specified in a variety of widths to emulate the organic irregularity of Welsh slate cladding that adorns many of Wales’ key civic buildings, without the weight and installation complexity of the natural material.

Evolution Axis was used to complete the lower elevations. The unprofiled, secret-fix insulated panel provided a smooth, minimalist finish that blends in with the large glazing elements. 

A Warm Welcome

ICC Wales

To help ensure that the building is energy efficient and thermally comfortable for users, the architectural façade system was specified with the Kingspan QuadCore Karrier system. The factory-engineered insulated panels feature a unique hybrid insulation core with a closed microcell structure that can achieve U-values as low as 0.08 W/m2∙K.  Meanwhile, their unique castellated and symmetrical tongue and groove jointing achieves excellent air-tightness.


These attributes enabled the building designers to far exceed the requirements of the building regulations, achieving final U-Values of 0.2 W/m2∙K for the walls.  

The Dri-Design cassettes from Kingspan Facades with their distinctive slate grey colouring lend the finished exterior of ICC Wales a classic and elegant look, and we’re really pleased with the end result. ICC Wales is a game-changing venue for Wales and will bring enormous benefits to the economy of the whole country so we were keen to embrace Welsh heritage where possible in the design of the building. These cladding cassettes were a perfect and cost-effective finishing touch to the exterior walls

Russell Phillips- Vice-President
Facilities and Development, ICC Wales

Setting the Pace

ICC Wales Install

The innovative simplicity of the Dri-Design SuperFast Install system allowed Massey Cladding’s installation team to quickly and easily install the interchangeable cassettes without the need for a complicated rail and bracket system. The first cassette hooks onto the J-Rail fixed to QuadCore Karrier Panel. Subsequent cassettes can then be hooked into the neighbouring cassettes, and the next layer into the lower layers.

The fast track pace was maintained with the single component installation of the Evolution Axis panels.


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