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Products: Wakefield One

A selection of the products used in Cartwright Pickard’s Wakefield One

Architect’s choices

The choice of materials for the building followed the underlying principles of the building design. The design is simple and balances good quality and value for money. The intention is that materials will weather well and continue to look good as they age. Natural materials were used where appropriate, with timber used to provide warmth and variation to the interiors. Energy performance was also a key factor, with exposed visual concrete providing thermal mass to assist the low-energy environmental strategy for the building.

  • Andrew May, project director, Cartwright Pickard Architects

Terracotta rainscreen cladding

Bespoke units, 200 x 1,500mm (approx) in natural and glazed finishes

Glazed terracotta tiles in rich colours clad the deep window reveals, providing an impact that varies according to the angle at which the elevation
is viewed. The colours complement the stained glass windows of the neighbouring County Hall

Visual concrete

This robust, low-maintenance material allows exposed thermal mass to absorb heat inside in the day, to reduce mechanical cooling demand

Chilled beam rafts

Passive chilled beam integrated service modules, mesh samples: 8063 PERF, 1820 PERF. Passive chilled beam Integrated Services Modules (ISMs) in ceilings provide lighting, cooling, acoustic absorption and fire, smoke and light-level detection. The service rafts consist bespoke components to increase energy efficiency

Washroom finishes (vanity units)

Hanex Solid Surface T-009, N-Silverstone

Green finishes to the washrooms continue the strong use of colour, while a low-maintenance, durable, acrylic, solid surface finish was chosen

Atrium flooring

This Duracryl terrazo floor features bespoke colour with mirrored and clear recycled glass crystals. It was chosen for its durability and aesthetic finish


Timber/aluminium curtain walling system, 160mm timber mullion with clear coat lacquer finish and special T-bar shaped capping, anodised finish Timber warms the interiors while aluminium gives an external finish that will weather well

European white oak atrium balustrades

White oak boarding controls the noise levels in the atrium and brings natural warmth and variation to the interior’s simple palette of materials


Milliken Essentials Laylines, colour ref 5161 Nstd

Complementing the circulation areas’ calm palette, this was chosen for its robustness and contribution to the required BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating

External paving

La Linia textured paving, light and Indian granite paving and textured concrete was used.

These materials weather well, can be maintained effectively and aid the building’s performance


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