The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) is a crucial project in the country’s Industrial Strategy, placing it at the forefront of battery technology development in the electrical vehicle industry. Delivered in conjunction with the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, the new £129 million state-of-the-art site will provide world leading R&D and testing facilities for new technologies, as well as educational provision to support engineer training and collaboration with academics. Due to the innovative nature of the building, it was important that it was built to meet the highest performance standards possible, particularly in terms of fire, without compromising on aesthetics or thermal efficiency. This led to the specification of a Kingspan QuadCore® MicroRib Wall Panel System, including Micro Rib Fire Wall panels, for the external elevations in addition to other products across the envelope
Fire safety was a key consideration throughout the design and construction stages of this project, due to the potential manufacturing risks of battery development and the number of personnel and high-value equipment that will be working within. On one particular elevation, it was also necessary for the developers to achieve four hours integrity to prevent fire spread. The Kingspan MicroRib Architectural Wall Panels selected for these key external elevations were specified with an 80mm thick QuadCore® insulation core and fire sealed internal liner, achieving Euroclass B-s1,d0 in accordance with BS EN 13501–1:2007+A1:2009. This provided the ideal wall treatment for the facility, allowing a high level of fire performance to be achieved without compromising construction depth, thermal efficiency or aesthetic possibility.
Main Contractor, Buckingham Group, worked closely with Hathaway and Kingspan to develop the envelope specification to meet the performance requirements required by UKBIC and the building height Planning restrictions. This specification document was then used for the Contract with Developer, Segro.