Lighting up research

The Design Prototyping and Testing Centre (DPTC) is one of the latest buildings in Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. Founded by the University of Sheffield in association with companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, it was built to establish new standards for manufacturing research facilities worldwide.

Designed by Bond Bryan architects, the building’s BREEAM Excellent rating was achieved using a variety of concepts including Kalwall® translucent wall cladding.

The Centre is designed as a people facility contained within a single rectilinear volume. Here researchers working at their desks are able to view the large scale workshops from a high-level office mezzanine thereby giving an intimate relationship between the two types of space.

Widely used for cladding and roofing, the highly insulating Kalwall system is unique in the way in which it transmits Museum-Quality Daylighting™, flooding the interior with natural diffused daylight while reducing the reliance on artificial lighting. It not only eliminates glare and shadows but creates a stunning interior ambience.

Apart from being specified for all types of new build, Kalwall is increasingly used for the refurbishment of cladding or rooflights on aged buildings. Case studies and technical information are available from Structura UK Ltd – tel: 01233 501 504 or visit