A double skin cladding system from Danpal addressed the design brief for the impressive facade at the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) in Liverpool UK.

Designed by architect David Millington, BDP (UK) with Weatherwise (UK) serving as the contractor on the project, ESLA is an educational centre that welcomes 1,100 students. The brief for Danpal was to use materials expressing the values of this place of learning.

The facade on the triangular ESLA building consists of a brick base representing the soundness and durability of education, upon which rests a strip of reflective aluminium, like a protective shell that surrounds the building. The strip stretches from the north entrance to the south side, where it rises to form an impressive signage before plunging and winding around the learning spaces.

By contrast, right next to the school, the sports hall plays on transparency. This rectangular building, connected to the school by the aluminium strip, is covered with a double skin cladding system from Danpal, chosen specifically for its thermal efficiency, and the ice colour for its ability to transmit light that creates a clear, white, luminous atmosphere inside the sports room. The ice cladding also provides evenness to the wall with its finish and neutral colour working very well with the aluminium, while contrasting with the solid base created by black bricks.

Danpal supplied 1,513 square metres of its double skin cladding system for the ESLA project.