Weatherproof solution for Arndale Centre digital screen

  • 10 Jun 2015

Project Summary

Four rows of glass panels were removed before placing a bespoke bracket to recess the screen into the building.

  • The 6m x 20m digital screen was being installed to the West Elevation of the Arndale Centre, Manchester.
  • The digital screen needed to be recessed into the building and fully weatherproofed.
  • Newton 201 Acriflex Winter waterproof coating and Newton Floorgum Paint protective coating were used as the waterproofing solution.


The Structural Engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan spoke to Ian Simpson Architects, who recommended that the client MediaCo contact the designers of the Apple Store in New York for a solution.

They designed a screen which could be attached onto the glazing behind. This involved removing four rows of glass panels and designing a bespoke bracket to recess the screen into the building. The design meant that the area behind the screen would become an external area and the thermal line of the structure would be broken.

Eckersley O’Callaghan produced a performance specification document which recommended constructing a C-section comprised of floor, walls and ceiling to enclose the area and asked Newton Specialist Basement Contractor Trace Basements to design and install it.

Trace installed a timber wall insulated with mineral wool insulation. The wet face of the wall was constructed in ply to the soffits and the floor was designed using plastic coated timber board and ply.

Newton 201 Acriflex Winter and Newton Floorgum Paint were the ideal solutions for the complex project.

Trace Basements applied two coats of Newton Acriflex Winter waterproof liquid membrane and Newton Floorgum Paint waterproof protective coating, with AngleJoint tape throughout, to weatherproof the entire structure.

The result

Newton 201 Acriflex Winter and Newton Floorgum Paint were the ideal solutions for the project.

Joe Arshed, MediaCo: “We could not have successfully completed this project without a flexible and proactive contractor, able to continuously deliver results under pressure in what were often difficult working conditions.

When issues arose Trace assisted wherever they could, including where those issues did not fall directly within their remit”

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