Metz Architects’ design is a thoroughly modern building, civic in character and acknowledging its prominent position. It aims to provide an exciting, stimulating learning environment and act as a landmark – not just to inspire students but also as a demonstrable statement of confidence in Dudley, its regeneration and future. The focal point of the scheme is a cantilevered theatre auditorium, clad in bands of randomly arranged horizontal copper panels with three different surfaces.
In addition to Nordic Standard mill finish copper, Aurubis Architectural, supplied panels in Nordic Brown and Nordic Brown Light, both pre-oxidised at its factory to give straightaway the same oxidised surface that otherwise develops over time in the environment. The thickness of the oxide layer determines its colour: either Nordic Brown Light or the darker Nordic Brown. Other Aurubis Architectural surfaces are available including Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas – developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Copper alloys include the new Nordic Bronze, Nordic Brass and the innovative Nordic Royal – an alloy with a long-lasting golden colour.