The Word

South Shields is benefitting from a £16 million cultural centre featuring an iconic circular façade created with the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel.

The Project

The three-storey structure designed by FaulknerBrowns, includes library and exhibition space, IT suite, 3D printers, and café.

The development, completed in October 2016, is part of a £100 million regeneration masterplan which partners South Tyneside Council with Muse Developments.

Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel
Location :
South Shields
Creating a curved structure can pose a challenge, but the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was successfully engineered to provide a smooth, highly insulated exterior envelope. To achieve this, the structural insulated panels (SIPs) were designed and factory cut into narrow widths. This allowed them to be quickly and easily fixed to the concrete frame.
The form and design approach of this iconic building seeks to establish a new benchmark in terms of quality of design, use of materials, and integration of public realm within the wider urban fabric of South Shields. This circular form encourages pedestrian movement between the town centre and the Riverside as well as having a striking and contemporary presence. The circular construction achieved with the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel helped us to accomplish the concept of the spreading pages of a book.

Steve McIntyre - Partner, FaulknerBrowns
The new building needed to reflects South Tyneside Council Sustainable Development goals, which is why they opted for low environmental impact and sustainable materials with a Green Guide rating of A or A+ whenever possible.

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