National Exhibition Centre – Architectural Cladding


National Exhibition Centre

The National Exhibition Centre has changed over the past forty years from what was once a simple exhibition venue to now a worldwide leading leisure and venue facility.

Appointed in 2017, Acivico collaborated closely with the client in the creation of a more engaging and dynamic environment for the venue’s visitors. Acivico provided the NEC with an innovative solution for the upgrade and refresh of the external façade of exhibition halls 1, 2, 3, 3a, 4 and 5. The result of which satisfied the client’s budget and objectives:

  • Encapsulate the existing cladding (comprised of asbestos containing material).
  • Improve the visual appearance of the Front of House faces of the building, including the railway station.
  • Make safe of the glazing.

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To support the above, Acivico have also provided structural design services, inclusive of initial structural survey and assessment of existing structural information, wind analysis of existing buildings and load assessments and design checks.

Acivico have provided development of design options and recommended industry leading cladding materials, along with the creation of 3D visualisations and an animated flythrough of the proposed design. The new design consists of 37 pyramid translucent and backlit structures, which are complimented by a series of vibrant colour panels designed by global agency McCann.

The lightweight design has not affected the existing envelope and structure, providing a dramatic and colourful visual solution which has vastly improved the overall aesthetics of the building façade. The sheer magnitude of the cladding structures have provided a stunning visual impact, with some facades extending to 210 metres in length.

The use of 3D visualisation provided the client with a life like representation of the design, utilising both static and mobile images.

The design provided a visually stimulating solution suitable for both day and night and conformed to the use of the building as an events venue.

Close working relationships were built with the supply chain, material manufacturer and contractor to ensure the design was bought to fruition and the tight timescales for completion were adhered to.

The use of pioneering building material and construction techniques is unparalleled within the industry for the tight budget provided,. The overall design solution was further value engineered resulting in a substantial cost saving for the client, much to their delight.