The project vision and the team
Northgate Yard is a 40,000ft2 scheme centred around a seven-screen cinema, eight-lane bowling alley and sports bar. The development also features 12,000ft2 of flexible restaurant space in four units with outdoor dining areas. It is part of a larger scheme which includes Brewery Field, a rejuvenated town-centre green space including parkland, an urban wetland, car parking and electric vehicle charging points.
National Architects Corstorphine & Wright were responsible for the project design. The practice had previously worked with Rockpanel on successful projects including the Cineworld Cinema, Whiteley and Drake Circus in Plymouth. Willmott Dixon were the principle contractor with Progressive Systems responsible for the installation of around 450m2 Rockpanel facades.
Rockpanel means creative freedom
The external cladding take the form of horizontal triangles and diamond shapes arranged in a mix of surface designs. Interspersed with similarly slanted windows, the angles of these panel shapes match those of the undulating roofline to the front elevation, providing a eye-catching pattern which plays with the perception of depth to visually break up the building’s mass. They create a contemporary, eye-catching architectural dimension to the structure above the full-height glazed floor level which is punctuated with mixed grey brick pillars.
Multiple finishes make up the facades, Two RAL-matched grey options from the Rockpanel Colours range. The other element is taken from the company’s Chameleon offering which owes its unique appearance to an innovative crystal effect layer that creates a changing spectrum of colours depending on the angle light hits its surface and the point of view – constantly transforming, impactful and inspiring.