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Hertfordshire University Law & Court building

Project: Law and Court building at the University of Hertfordshire
Main Contractor: ISG Plc
Architects: RMJM

Leader in cladding systems, Carea, has been chosen to provide a striking contemporary façade to the £7 million Law and Court Building at the University of Hertfordshire.  By providing its durable and highly attractive Ardal cladding panels, a surface solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and offering a high degree of thermal insulation, Carea is helping to make the law school the most sustainable building in the University portfolio.

Designed by RMJM Architects and built by main contractor ISG PLC on the former BAE site in Hatfield, once completed the stunning new building will form part of the £120 million De Havilland campus, also designed by RMJM in 2003. Students from the current school of law building in the city centre will soon benefit from these new modern facilities which will comprise a fully functioning modern court room with public gallery, a mediation centre, a bespoke law clinic and a cafe. 

In keeping with the contemporary design approach, architects RMJM specified CAREA curved panels which when combined with other renders and textures will help create a unique exterior which will complement the more traditional buildings that exist on campus.

The building, which is aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellence, will not only exemplify the best in design, but will also be low maintenance and highly sustainable.  Carea cladding offers high insulation performance, helping the building to reach the standard of thermal efficiency expected of it. Also, as the cladding panels – made from cutting edge composite developed over thirty years by Carea’s expert technicians – consist of around 95% minerals, they are a highly sustainable material and can be recycled at the end of their useful life.

Ranked first for law amongst new universities in London and the South East of England, The School of Law will join the Business School, Humanities and Education faculties that are already based at the University of Hertfordshire’s De Havilland campus.  With an outstanding façade courtesy of Carea, it will be a central feature of the campus for years to come.