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3D visualisation and close collaboration provide an awe-inspiring fin façade for a new trauma hospital in Greater Manchester.

Maple’s installation of a gold fin façade on Salford Royal Hospital’s Greater Manchester Trauma Hospital is complete. The gold fins follow the curved profile of the facility, with some being fitted directly onto the hospital and others being attached to vertical posts that are fixed to the ground.
Each of the vertical fins masking the building has been anodised in ‘Regency Gold’, including those attached to the new helipad on the roof.
The intriguing nature of the project required some ‘out of the box’ thinking to conceptualise a fixing system for the fins that sit away from the hospital walls. Our solution was repurposing our Pluto rail system, which is typically used as an easy-to-install substructure for rooftop louvres. The Pluto system was used to fix the fins, along with vertical posts anchored to concrete foot pads to uphold the substructure.
This innovative solution was aided by the use of 3D visualisation and design which was implemented from the beginning of the project to the end. This process also enabled close collaboration between DAY Architectural, BAM Construction and Maple throughout the project.
Thomas Leach, Assistant Project Surveyor at BAM Construction, was particularly impressed with our cooperative approach:
‘Maple’s approach to collaboration was second to none and helped get over multiple hurdles throughout the construction stages of the projects. The Maple-finished installations are of high quality and BAM as a whole would not hesitate to recommend and use them again.'
The new Major Trauma Hospital is attached to the existing Salford Royal Hospital via a link bridge and hosts a range of modern medical facilities that cater for those needing urgent attention.