Port Talbot railway station showcases FunderMax’s innovative m.look

The first ever UK installation of FunderMax’s unique m.look; A2,d0,S1 fire rated high pressure laminate cladding is currently drawing to a close at the new Port Talbot Railway Station.

The extensive internal and external refurbishment of this ‘liv e’ station, featuring an impressive enclosed footbridge, has proved an ambitious yet highly rewarding project.

The architect’s vision
Adam Parry Bsc (Hons) MCIAT, Stride Treglown:

“Port Talbot station will be the centrepiece of a transport hub that will connect public transport services and improve journeys for the public. The bridge will house a new ticket office, waiting areas, customer facilities, information points and CCTV equipment, as well as steps and lift access to all platforms.”

Everlast Rail steps up to the challenge…
Jason Cross, Managing Director of Everlast Rail talks about the challenges of the refurbishment:

“As the remit of the initial project began to extend, we prepared ourselves for the challenge that lay ahead. To be honest, it’s the complexities of the job that have made it all the more fulfilling. Working within a live station, we’ve had to think of innovative ways to keep disruption to a minimum. The initial contract was for the development of the roof, however the scope soon expanded to include: the installation of external facades to the station buildings, creation and installation of a new enclosed footbridge, and the installation of internal features – including HPL. This placed great pressure on our supply and design team to source products that would fulfill a multitude of requirements: selecting solutions that were fire retardant, quick to install, cost effective and aesthetically impressive. The end result ticked all of those boxes, and we’re extremely pleased with how the project has progressed.”

The need for unique, easy-to-install products
Given all of the objectives above, Everlast Rail turned to a select range of products. Products that not only boasted dependable features, and fire retardant qualities, they could also be prefabricated off site. Crucial for keeping disruption to a minimum. M.look is just one of these products. Carefully pre-cut to size in FunderMax’s Austrian factory, and expertly installed by Everlast Rail, this intelligent HPL is both versatile and cost effective.

Ultimate fire protection. Ultimate style. M.look is the ideal solution
m.look offers a whole new level of expression. Blending exceptional style and superior fire performance, this unique facade offers superb protection – with a fire classification of A2-s1, d0 according to EN 13501-1, giving greater peace of mind and design freedom. Where safety and innovation are key this clever HPL steps up to the mark. What’s more, it can be used in builds in excess of 30 metres and boasts an extensive colour palette, from contemporary urban shades and bold plain colours, to muted hues, metallics, vintage finishes and natural wood decors…

Paul Hughes, Director of Sales UK for FunderMax, comments on m.look and its successful installation.

“As the first ever m.look project in the UK, we’re really excited about Port Talbot Station. However it’s a project that’s not been without its tests. Because the station was ‘live‘ at the time of installation, we had to make sure the panels were precisely cut so that they could be easily and speedily fitted into the recessed framing. m.look is perfect for the rail sector, and in any situation where safety is a priority, with its A2 fire rating, and it’s also an aesthetically pleasing alternative to vitreous enamel cladding. m.look is the epitome of what architecture is all about, the perfect balance between art and science. We’re thrilled with the end result.”

Externally – FunderMax F-panel rainscreen cladding was another key choice
FunderMax Exterior is a high-quality high pressure laminate (as per EN 438-6, type EDF), specifically designed for facades and balconies. Offering extreme durability and resistance, it features a double hardened acrylic polyurethane resin finish for ultimate weather protection.

Paul Hughes, Director of Sales UK, comments on the qualities of Max Exterior, and why it complements the station refurb perfectly:

“With its futuristic design, it seems fitting that Max Exterior was chosen for the facade of Port Talbot Station. This contemporary HPL, I feel, was the ideal choice as it has great qualities. It can stand up to the toughest environmental challenges: harsh climate, graffiti, impact damage… plus it’s really economical and can be prefabricated for easy installation.”

As the overall project accelerates to the finish line, Jason Cross, Managing Director of Everlast Rail, commends everyone involved:

“It’s been a fantastic project and I’d just like to thank the whole team for their hard work.”

Where can m.look be used?

m.look in exterior applications

  1. bracket-mounted, rear-ventilated facades
  2. infills for curtain walls
  3. balcony cladding
  4. undersides
  5. covering for sandwich-panel walls
  6. sliding elements
  7. sun protection
  8. fencing elements
  9. window and door trims
  10. exterior cladding for prefabricated buildings

m.look in interior applications

  1. wall cladding
  2. wall and skirting protection
  3. lower ceiling levels
  4. dividers for classrooms and study areas
  5. staircase and handrail infill panels
  6. stairwell and emergency exit cladding

Find out more about m.look here: www.mlook.at/en

For further information on FunderMax, m.look, or to simply chat through any pending projects,  please contact Paul Hughes on 01501 515015, or visit www.fundermax.at