Preformed aluminium ‘forma’ column casings from Encasement are helping provide a welcoming entrance for customers at Kwik-Fit’s recently refurbished Gateshead service centre on Durham Road.
Part of the major refurbishment and upgrade of the two-storey building included the creation of a new customer entrance in the original frontage, involving the replacement of a large existing window, which was flanked by concrete structural columns.
Once the new entrance was complete, two 400mm diameter Forma column casings were used to conceal the ageing 3100mm high concrete columns and give a more contemporary look to the service centre. Encasement’s pre-formed aluminium casings also finished in white PPC to help integrate with the upgraded exterior.
Encasement’s Managing Director, Martin Taylor explained: “This is an ideal example of where and existing exterior feature on a building can be adapted and improved, purely by concealing the existing columns in a cost effective and attractive column casing. Forma casings are ideal for this type of project as they can be supplied in aluminium and stainless steel, both of which provide an excellent finish as well as being corrosion and weather resistant.”