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Ice rink glazing panels sculptured to shine a light on Cardiff hockey team

Brett Martin helps create new home for Cardiff Devils

Polycarbonate glazing panels from Brett Martin, in range of geometric shapes, has played a significant role in the design of the Ice Arena Wales, bringing light and aesthetics to the facility near Cardiff bay.

Forming part of the £250 million Cardiff International Sports Village (ISV) and now home to the Cardiff Devils, Ice Arena Wales is a 3000 seat, dual-pad arena featuring an Olympic standard primary rink for hockey and figure skating, and a smaller second rink for club, training and leisure events. Designed by Scott Brownrigg for developers Greenbank Partnerships, the walls and the roof of the 6000m2 arena were installed by Massey Cladding Solutions. Wrapping the monolithic shaped building, the cladding features Marlon Clickfix polycarbonate in a number of different geometric shapes on the South West elevation.

More than 450m2 of Marlon Clickfix RL was cut-to-fit in various irregular shapes and installed in the walls to bring transparency to the façade, allowing naturally diffused daylight inside during the day, as well as artificial light to the outside at night.

A lightweight polycarbonate panel, Marlon Clickfix1040 system has interlocking connections that click into place forming glazed areas of unlimited size and shape. The 40mm structured polycarbonate glazing panel has 10 insulating walls to achieve a U-value of 0.99 W/m²K.

Marlon Clickfix1040 provides natural light, thermal insulation and UV protection, and is designed for use in low pitch rooflights and canopies.