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Sketch a facade: Kingspan Benchmark

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Sponsor’s statement

Kingspan Benchmark is proud to have worked closely with the AJ on the Sketch a facade competition. Alan Dunlop’s talk on drawing at Kohn Pedersen Fox in London was insightful and inspiring and taught us that every sketch is technically and creatively unique. The high quality of entries and different approaches that had been taken showed how relevant this skill remains in today’s computer driven society. It was exciting to see which facades, elevations or buildings would inspire the participants and impress the judges across a range of sectors. The entrants had used their sketching skills to create both traditional and contemporary facades in domestic and commercial settings.

Kingspan Benchmark

At Kingspan Benchmark we see our wall systems as a blank canvas. We pride ourselves on providing a high- performance, insulated panel system that creates a weatherproof building, preparing it for the artist to begin. You can then choose from a vast array of facades, materials, colours, textures and sizes, to bring the building to life.

Connect Wall System

At Benchmark, we are always looking to raise the bar and provide new products that can match the imagination and expectations of today’s architects. We have just launched a ‘next generation’ unitised wall system called Connect, which is set to invigorate facade design for ‘quick- assembly’ buildings while guaranteeing exceptional technical performance.

Our Connect wall product is a multi-spanning, modular building system. The units are assembled off- site and, once on-site, can be bolted internally, requiring no envelope scaffolding. Weathertightness is assured once the modules have been fixed into position allowing the internal fit-out to begin and removing the facade from the critical path, which can considerably reduce programme time.

The modules can be up to seven metres high, and incorporate an integral cavity for ventilation and to carry services. Once installed, they are ready for fit-out of internal plasterboard and external panels alike, with pre-glazing as an option and an achievable air permeability of less than 3m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa.

Once the system is in place, your imagination can take over using the Benchmark facade range. It is suitable for any size and shape of building in any setting.


Evolution was our innovation for 2011. The Evolution range provides a stylish, sleek, laser flat panel with a unique series of design features that allow maximum creative flexibility. A stunning new section has been created within the Benchmark website to showcase the true potential of this exclusive panel.

On the website you can see the simple, contemporary design brought to life through flowing animations and case studies. An interactive diagram highlights the variousways in which Evolution can benefit a project, from tailor-made custom design to lifetime insulation continuity, thermal performance and air tightness. There is also a video animation showing how the folded edge of Evolution Q2 panels can be used to create a 3D view of the vertical joint. An ever increasing range of case studies is also available on the site, showing how the products provide designers with greater freedom and flexibility than ever before to create spectacular structures. You can also see how the panels give you the ability to create the illusion of varying panel widths and new vertical joint detail options.

We understand the importance of technical detail and specifications, so on the website you can find a wide range of information for each Evolution product, including a product overview, detailed product specifications, downloadable CAD details and colour options.

Suitable for either horizontal or vertical installation, the panels can also be mechanically curved to a minimum radius of 2,500mm horizontally or 191mm vertically, for those more unusual projects.

Evolution panels are available in a range of stunning solid colour and Euramax coating options including the dual tone EuraMica and zinc or copper EuraDesign finishes. To simplify the construction process the Evolution range also easily accommodates openings and complex facade designs and accelerates build speed thanks to its single component installation.

To access the Benchmark Evolution website section, along with information on all other Benchmark products, please visit: kingspanbenchmark.com/products/ design-wall-series/evolution

Completing the range

Our roofing products complete the Benchmark range. From Standing Seams to Green Roofs we offer a complete selection of systems for creating imaginative and effective rooflines.

Attention to detail is always important, so we provide a wide range of ancillaries that perfectly complement our panels.

Of course, you also have the full support of our experts in the Benchmark technical team, which is always on hand to help at any stage of the project.

The AJ ‘Sketch a facade’ competition promoted the exact same principles of creativity, freedom and technical skill that we aim to embody in our Benchmark range. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank all of those who took part. We thoroughly enjoyed viewing all 588 sketches submitted and hope that all those who took part continue to promote the important art of sketching.

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