Façade panels from Askin Performance Panels were specified for the exterior of the new multipurpose sports centre at Our Lady of Mercy College in Melbourne to address both compliance and aesthetic objectives.

Designed by award-winning education architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke, the new sports hall at Our Lady of Mercy College included multipurpose indoor and outdoor courts, classrooms, staff offices, change facilities and an overall seating capacity of 1300.

The sports hall shared a common wall with a supermarket next door. According to the Australian Building Code, a boundary wall is required to have a two-hour fire rating if within three metres of a neighbouring property. The façade additionally needed to reflect the college branding.

To meet these design objectives, Askin Performance Panels manufactured and installed a combination of XFLAM and Volcore external façade panels. ASKIN panels not only met the two-hour fire rating requirement but also eliminated the need to use heavy, pre-cast concrete, therefore making it easier, more time efficient and more cost efficient to install.

Askin pre-finished exterior façade panels were manufactured in both custom and standard Colorbond colours to match the school’s brand.

Following the installation of the exterior panels, Our Lady of Mercy College not only has a functional space but also an aesthetically pleasing building that complements the city landscape and the school colours.