Project: Sheffield Hallam University, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC)

Contractors: BAM, Roofdec

Architects: HLM Architects

Project Completion: 2019 summer.

Following a £14m investment from the UK’s Department of Health, the AWRC will be the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world, providing state-of-the-art, fully instrumented indoor and outdoor laboratories and a team of over 70 researchers delivering collaborative projects.As a centrepiece of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, the AWRC will encourage and enable people to be more active and adopt healthier lifestyles, delivering innovations that help people move by bringing together Product: NORclad European Redwood with Koppers MicroShades “Brunnea” treatment and fire treatment to Euroclass B

Products specified, Treatment Services applied under ISO 9001 factory controlled conditions and installed

Working closely with the Architects initially, a specification was created utilising a PEFC-certified NORclad® European Redwood. Koppers MicroShades “Brunnea” treatment was requested to offer a formal warranty on the product for 30 years against rot and fungal decay (out of ground contact), along with a good level of colour stability VS traditional untreated species. Approx 4000m2 was supplied in a square edge 34 x40mm and 34 x95mm profile with all of the product being fire treated.

As the specification developed the requirement for all of the timbers at ground level to be Fire treated to Euroclass B-s1-d0 (s1 Smoke Production – d0 Flaming Droplets), a system fully compatible with the Koppers MicroShades “Brunnea” treated cladding.