The Technology and Innovation Centre


Project: The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde
Colors: Custom Color Beige 1120b, Smooth Shot Blast
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

The University of Strathclyde invested 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 center 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 TIC houses top-notch research facilities and accommodates up to 1,200 researchers in a comfortable, accessible and stimulating environment.

Omis was asked to deliver a “stand-out” rainscreen cladding solution which would deliver a high performing result along with a striking finish.  Our Petrarch reconstituted stone panels were an obvious choice due to their stunning resemblance to natural stone, design flexibility, high performing qualities and resilient nature.

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

As the modern alternative to stone, cement and slate, Petrarch panels give the impact needed to make designs stand out from the crowd. They bring individuality and style to a building while being extremely durable, low maintenance and highly resistant to impact.  In the US, Petrarch panels passed the rigid requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 Fire Test Standard.

Manufactured by Omnis, Petrarch’s strength and lightweight features in both 5/16” (7mm) and 7/16” (10mm) thicknesses make it the ideal choice for unique façades. Choose from a variety of colors and finishes to customize your project.


Image credit:  Building Design Partnership