Harwell Multi Storey Car Park (MSCP) - Expanded and Perforated Metal Panels
Harwell MSCP Project
About the Project
This multi storey car park in Harwell uses two different types of metal mesh panels:
- The Manhattan XL pattern expanded metal panels used for the main facades, enclose the parking areas on all floors above ground level. These are manufactured from Corten Steel, also known as weathering steel, which was designed to eliminate the need for painting and when exposed to the elements, develops a rusted appearance. The images above show how the mesh has weathered during the construction period.
- RMIG ImagePerf perforated and anodised aluminium sheet is used for the ground floor facades. Some panels are embossed with the name of the facility.
There are also decorative V-shaped panels made from both materials.
The perforated metal mesh was preferred for the ground floor as it provides additional security whilst still allowing ventilation and natural light penetration.
This sample of expanded metal mesh in Corten steel shows the finish patina after 3 weeks of exposure to the British weather.