Media City car park

James & Taylor promises New York style for Media City

Cladding specialist James & Taylor will use the same finish as the recently opened New York Museum of Contemporary Art to dress a multi-storey car park in Peel's Media City UK, Salford Quays.

James & Taylor, whose Northern headquarters are in Manchester, will engineer and supply 40,000 sq ft of Eyetech mesh cladding and 28,000 sq ft of Senses Aluminium Cladding in different shades of bronze for the 11-deck eco-friendly car park, which will be built to BREEAM 'excellent' standard.

Designed by architects Chapman Taylor LLP, the car park will be part of the first phase of Media City UK, scheduled for completion in 2011.

James & Taylor also engineered the Eyetech façade for the new New York Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened to critical acclaim last December.

Paul Graham, associate director at Chapman Taylor LLP, said: "The design achieves the required ventilation rates through the parking decks using a 70% open mesh while presenting an animated and innovative façade to the principal elevations. The high quality in design and detailing enables the mesh to act as pedestrian guarding on each level of the car park. The mesh will achieve visual order, but allow movement and structure to be subtly expressed beyond, instigating a sense of curiosity.

"We commissioned the Senses Aluminium after lengthy research – it provides the aesthetic and high quality finish that's needed to complement other buildings on the site. We have selected a combination of three bronze coloured panels, which will be configured in a random pattern to provide a striking elevation to each end of the building."

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