Aluminium Rainscreen Mimics Rusted Steel
August 2020

Over 500m² of Dales Aluminium Rainscreen panels with the visual appearance of rusted steel have been installed on new student accommodation for the University of Exeter. Longworth Building Services Ltd fitted the DF-System panels with Peat Fire finish on the University’s new Spreytonway & Moberly House blocks.

Both blocks were constructed by Vinci Construction UK Ltd. The blocks are located on the St German’s Road Campus and are part of the Univeristy’s creation of over 1,500 new student bedrooms on the Steatham Campus.

Peat Fire is one of a number of special finishes including rusted steel, terracotta, verdi gris, timber and stone that Dales offer, which are supplied by Powdertech Corby. Peat Fire is a specialist architectural polyester powder coating that has been independently assessed as A2-s1, d0 (EN BS 13501-1) non-combustible in accordance with Building Regs Part B: Fire Safety.

The special technique used in applying the Peat Fire powder coating means every panel is unique, giving the same visual effect as corten steel without the unfortunate run-off stains that happen with corten.