28 Feb 2017

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A contract to supply ceramic cladding for a major development at Newbury racecourse has landed Aliva UK the top prize in an international competition.

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Aliva beat off strong competition to win the award from Japanese firm Toto and Italian-based Casalgrande Padana. It was for the best use of Toto’s Hydrotect technology in architecture in 2016.

Aliva submitted its project to supply and install 10,000sqm of eco-friendly ceramic cladding on a 10 five-storey residential blocks at Newbury. The new buildings are part of a huge £42m 10-year project from David Wilson Homes to build 1500 homes overlooking the racecourse. Main contractors are Midgard Limited. The white ceramic from Casalgrande Padana, coated in Hydrotect, will ensure a long lasting, self-cleaning finish for years to come.

When exposed to ultraviolet light (natural or artificial) Toto’s Hydrotect generates a reaction that cleans the surface by decomposing organics and by oxidising nitric dioxide into a less harmful substance. In effect, it purifies the surrounding air.

The judges chose Aliva because of the scale and complex design of the residential project.

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Aliva Managing Director James Ormerod said: “We are delighted to win this award for Newbury, which is a perfect example of how Hydrotect-protected ceramic can add green credentials and a high-quality, lasting luxury finish for major projects.”

Casalgrande Padana founder and chairman Franco Manfredini presented the award to the Aliva MD on 25 February at the Classic Hotel in Reggio Emilia.

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