Construction is nearing completion on Birmingham’s £100m Cube development, with the installation of the panels that will form the building's dramatic façade.
The bespoke façade has been constructed using 20,000 Wicona unitised curtain walling panels, to provide a geometric blend of projecting gold, silver and bronze anodised aluminium panels and glass.
The unitised façade was engineered to allow a higher degree of movement, and removed the need for scaffolding and material storage on a cramped city centre site. Off-site fabrication allowed each floor to be clad ready for earlier fitting out as the building rose upwards.
Designed by Ken Shuttleworth's architect practice Make, the 23-storey Cube is the final phase of the Birmingham Development Company's Mailbox project.
The developer fell into administration in March, with contractors on the Cube subsequently reaching an agreement with administrators PwC to finish the project. http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/the-construction-index-news/Cube-construction-back-on-schedule-say-administrators
The Cube, which will accommodate a boutique hotel, waterside retail and restaurants, 244 luxury apartments, Grade A offices, rooftop restaurant, and sky bar, is due for completion this summer.