Digitally printed aluminium panels can be used to clad an old building
Printed aluminium panels are a great way to brighten up old building and The William Morris Junior School was undergoing a refurbishment program and the Head wanted to brighten up one of the play areas. The head working with a freelance designer decided to try to put a print around their gym.
Project Print Management was asked to come up with a solution which would last 5 to 7 years and could withstand an element of abuse from the children.
Having looked at a number of options it was decided to use a digitally printed aluminium composite panel with an anti-graffiti laminate. The aluminium composite panel will hold up to a certain amount of abuse but if heavily vandalised could be easily replaced. The anti-graffiti film will not stop vandals from spraying graffiti but can be easily removed with a solvent which will not affect the digital printed image.
As the digitally printed aluminium composite cladding would be difficult to raw plug and screw directly into the brickwork a treated timber batten system was installed. This would enable the panels to line up perfectly and smooth out any inconsistency in the brick wall. The panels were fixed using 8mm stainless steel flange head screws which we do not cover as the plastic screw head caps often come off over time and can look unsightly. The corners were finished off with aluminium right angle length then wrapped with a digitally printed self-adhesive vinyl.
The installation took a total of 8 days and as you can see from the photos the final product looked fantastic.