Chiltern Railways has launched the first new rail link between a major British city and London in over 100 years and built two new stations – Bicester Village and Oxford Parkway. alsecco’s external wall insulation system with a ceramic slip and render finish was specified by CJCT Architects for the iconic station facades.

CJCT Architects had experience of working with alsecco and had specified the same system with a ceramic slip on a recent project. Basic 4 was chosen due to the system’s ability to realise the curve of the feature glazed brick slip wall whilst also achieving a watertight building early in the construction process, through the use of a Fermacell cement particle board.

alsecco was asked to colour match the slips to the corporate blue of Chiltern Railways and sample panels were produced for the client for approval. Having worked with alsecco for more than 15 years, Façade Systems (UK) Ltd installed the alsecco system. Lee Williams, General Manager comments, “We are fully versed in the application of alsecco systems including the ceramic tile finish, having worked with them for many years. We are specialists in this area and we are delighted with the result.”

Anthony Hall, Studio Director, CJCT Architects, comments, “We had used glazed brick products on previous projects but found the long construction time prohibitive to use on these two stations. alsecco’s Basic 4 system incorporating a ceramic tile finish was ideal to realise the design of the two stations. Throughout the project, alsecco maintained high levels of customer service and were extremely helpful and forthcoming with design advice and technical support. Another requirement of the design was to achieve a tile colour that matched Chiltern Railway’s corporate colour. alsecco was able to source tiles of the specific blue and produced sample panels to demonstrate the quality of the system for client presentations.”

The ceramic tile finish of alsecco’s Basic 4 external wall insulation system ensures an extremely durable and mechanically very strong façade. The system is also easy to keep clean - all vital benefits in such high traffic areas as required for railway station projects.

Both stations are of a similar design and look modern and clean and the blue ceramic finish is extremely striking and effective. The slips were used both on the exterior of the buildings and on the interior for the ticket halls and waiting areas and also for column details.

Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways added, “We wanted the stations to have a contemporary feel and the iconic blue ceramic finish has achieved this; alsecco was able to ensure that the blue matched our corporate colour.”

Ben Parry, Director, alsecco concludes, “The Basic 4 system with a ceramic tile finish is increasing in popularity since it offers designers and architects a colourful and striking facade which is also technically sound and robust. We have been delighted to work with Chiltern Railways on this prestigious project along with CJCT Architects and Façade Systems (UK) Ltd.”

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