The Technology and Innovation Centre


The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) Glasgow

Client: University of Strathclyde

Completion date: July 2015

Architect: Building Design Partnership

Main contractor: Land Lease

Sub contractor: Lakesemere

Product: Petrarch and Downer rainscreen framing system

Product detail: Petrarch re-constituted stone cladding panel in Smooth Matt, Beige (exact shade 1120b), Downer rainscreen framing system

About the project:

The University of Strathclyde invested £89m in a new state-of-the-art building in the heart of Glasgow; the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC).

The vision was to create a new centre which would bring together academics and businesses to deliver solutions against challenges, which are central to economic regeneration and to address key technological challenges faced by society.

The 25,000 sqm University TIC houses top of the range research facilities and accommodates up to 1200 researchers in a comfortable, accessible and stimulating environment.

One key aim of the TIC building was to achieve BREEAM, which they did successfully to an excellent standard.  Thus, building on the legacy of Glasgow’s engineering and scientific innovation of technologies.

This is part of the University’s £350m 10 year programme to develop, invest and rejuvenate its campus.

The solution:

Omnis were tasked with delivering a ‘stand out’ rainscreen cladding solution which would deliver a high performing result along with a striking finish.

We put forward Petrarch, our UK manufactured re-constituted stone cladding panel and a supporting rainscreen framing system. Petrarch was the obvious choice due to its stunning resemblance to natural stone, design flexibility, high performing qualities and resilient nature.

We manufactured 3000m2 of Petrarch in a unique Beige colour (exact shade 1120b) with a smooth matt finish, matching the Architects specific design requirements exactly.

Working with Lakesmere we ensured site delivery was on time and that all sub-contractors were fully trained on how to install both Petrarch and our supporting Rainscreen Framing System.

The BBA accredited re-constituted stone panel is also an advanced man-made alternative to real stone cladding, which contains 80% of natural stone material.  This was another reason why Petrarch was chosen as it epitomises the buildings goal of utilising new technologies.

Created in their chosen shade of Beige, Petrarch delivered a striking finish to the triangular shaped building which stands out proudly in downtown Glasgow.

The Queen opened the Technology and Innovation Centre in July 2015 and gave the building its Royal Stamp of approval.

Images credit: Building Design Partnership,