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Stunning cedar panels chosen for new dairy

Stunning cedar panels chosen for new dairy

A new dairy being built in the South East for the UK’s largest diary company, Arla Foods, is benefiting from stunning aesthetics and excellent thermal performance, as a result of specifying Western Red Cedar faced panels from Panel Systems.

The striking external cladding system was specified by DLA Architecture, based in Wakefield and installed by HW Architectural, based in Brighouse and the main contractor was Caddick Construction.

Over 300m2 of Western Red Cedar faced panels and 210m2 of aluminium faced panels were supplied by Panel Systems to HW Architectural to be used to create the facade of the Administration Building for the dairy.  The panels supplied achieved U-Values as low as 0.15 w/m2K, providing excellent thermal performance.  The panels were bonded to a  Polyisocyanurate core (PIR), which was specified for its high thermal resistance and green credentials.

The planning requirements for this building, which is located in open countryside, required the use of natural materials to complement its surroundings.

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, said: “These panels offer the best of both worlds – being both stunning in appearance, whilst offering a high level of thermal performance.  The façade of the building perfectly blends in with its countryside location, yet has a contemporary appearance, as a result of the combination of cedar and aluminium panels, which is fitting for a modern, thriving business.”

He adds: “This was a large scale project and we worked closely with HW Architectural to meet the specific requirements of the architect and ensure the panels could be supplied on call off to meet the build schedule.”


The extensive 1,750m2 administration building also includes cafeteria, office and meeting space for staff at the dairy and is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Panel Systems provides design and technical support services for the production of architectural infill panels.  Other materials available for fabrication by Panel Systems include anodised aluminium, high pressure laminates and pre-coated steels.

Panel Systems manufactures a full range of bespoke composite panels that are used to create aesthetically striking and thermally efficient buildings.    The company supplies architectural panels for a wide variety of commercial, educational and healthcare environments and is renowned for its aesthetics and performance.

For more information, visit the website www.composite-panel.co.uk or call direct on: 0114 249 5635.  For details of DLA, visit the website www.dla-architecture.co.uk.  Contact HW Architecture via the website www.hwa.co.uk.