As part of this major programme, the refurbishment of Slough Ice Arena was undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, which is driving regeneration across the town including leisure, housing, community and school buildings. Morgan Sindall carried out the main construction of the project.
The Ice Arena has undergone substantial remodelling with Morgan Sindall. The brand-new extended ice facility and new climbing centre, designed by GT3 Architects, was revealed in April 2018, and has since welcomed over 42,000 visitors; both residents of, and visitors to the borough alike.
A significant aspect to the project was the renovation of the arena’s facade, transforming it into a stunning timber-clad surface that would stand the test of time. High-performance sustainable wood product, Accoya, was specified by GT3 as the material of choice for the cladding due to its superior performance, reduced maintenance requirements and aesthetic properties.
Mark Gowdridge of GT3 Architects said: “The recurring issue with raw wood cladding has always been its susceptibility to water ingress and rot, requiring frequent maintenance and care. Given the extent of cladding on the ice arena, we wanted a wood product which was natural, durable and sustainable. Most importantly, the end-user wanted a timber with virtually no maintenance, and it couldn’t rot even in the wettest and coldest conditions. Leading wood product, Accoya, was our preferred wood, given its easy maintenance, long lifespan, 50-year warranty and exceptional environmental credentials. We are very pleased with the final result.”
Vincent Timber supplied over 250m² of Accoya for the project, and expert roofing and cladding company, Angus Roofing Contractors, refurbished the existing roof and clad the new elevations.
Different finished widths of Accoya – 42, 92 and 142mm (all PAR Eased edges) – were then used to create cladding modules which Angus Roofing then mounted onto timber battens, which, in turn, were mounted to an insulated composite metal carrier panel. In total, approximately 1100LM of Accoya panels were fixed to the arena’s structure.
The finish on the Accoya cladding was a tri-colour Sikkens tint, applied to the timber lengths in-house. Three different tint shades were used – light oak, medium oak and dark oak – to create a rich, textured aesthetic that would last for years to come. Although coating Accoya doesn’t improve performance, it does help to maintain the desired aesthetic. Plus with Accoya’s super-dimensional stability, coatings last twice as long, reducing maintenance requirements and, therefore, associated costs.
Locted near a prominent heritage site, Slough Ice Arena – built in the 1980s – is a local landmark. The region is enjoying a period of rejuvenation and renewal, and the recent renovation of the Ice Arena has transformed the leisure facility back into a fully functional space for skaters, climbers and spectators alike.