UK’s Most Innovative Supplier of Perforated Image Panels

January 2019

E E Ingleton have been recognised with another innovation award for their perforated panel products, this time as the ‘Most Innovative Supplier of Perforated Panels’ at the Build 2018 Construction and Engineering Awards.

The new award comes as the company have recently completed further projects using their PicPerf© image perforation system.

Using the new software, more than 3,500 sq metres of decorative aluminium panels were manufactured for Laing O’Rourke’s major upgrade of Meadowhall for owners British Land in Ingleton’s hometown of Sheffield.

Laing O’Rourke’s Project Leader, Mark Lazenby said of Ingleton’s role in this prestigious project, “EE Ingleton have proved to be an invaluable part of the LOR team, delivering high quality bespoke perforated cladding here at Meadowhall. As a local SME, their extensive engineering knowledge and manufacturing skills proved crucial in turning complex architectural conceptual designs in to engineered reality. Their collaborative and early inputs into the product significantly improved and optimised both the pattern design and the manufacturing process delivering a final product which met the architects demanding concept.”

Further colour anodised PicPerf ©panels have also recently been supplied to Prism Architectural for their latest project at Tonbridge Science School.

Previously, anodised aluminium panels were manufactured for Thames Architectural, and installed in Berkeley Homes Victory Pier luxury apartment development in Gillingham, as well as for ambulance bay screen panels at University College Hospital in London.

Both projects called for very high open area panels to meet ventilation requirements, whilst retaining striking images and patterns.

The Victory Pier panels feature seven different waterbirds along the car park frontage, whilst the UCL installation was based on the architect’s ‘funky trees’ concept.

The PicPerf© system is proving highly effective where designers require a visually striking and unique installation, and has been used for a number of prestigious projects including Debenham’s flagship Oxford Street store for Dane Architectural and Kingston’s Riverside development in Kingston upon Thames for Cadisch MDA.

The Kingston Riverside panels were based on a scenic photograph and also a classic motion study by the Victorian photographer Eadweard Mybridge.

The Project Lions perforated panels & embossed soffit panels were based on a classic French Lace pattern.

In both these projects, the panels have been LED back-lit to stunning effect, whilst the panels for the Victory Pier & UCL projects were designed for effect in natural light.

With the increasing success of the PicPerf© system and a number of ongoing new projects, Ingletons are adding to major investment in plant made over the past 5 years, now installing further capacity with the addition of a new generation state of the art Trumpf perforating machine, which will be the first of its type in the UK.

Managing Director Tony Hodges said “our investment in new equipment over the last few years has really opened up the market for us, and the latest additions to our plant represent a very exciting development, significantly increasing the size and complexity of panels that we can produce. This is key to our further development in the architectural panel market, particularly cladding type applications.”

Ingleton’s are currently working on a number of new projects using the PicPerf© system, ranging from small artwork installations to large public buildings.