RHEINZINK Project wins Architectural Prize in Great Britain

Yarm School Auditorium with RHEINZINK roof covering and facade cladding

Light brings architecture to bear

Custom-made diamond tiles to fit geometry

The Yarm School Auditorium wins Architectural Prize of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA

In 2008, Associated Architects of Birmingham were appointed by Yarm School an independent private school, to create a master plan for their Senior and Prep school sites situated within the historic town of Yarm on the south bank of the River Tees.

The centre piece of the redevelopment is The Princess Alexandra Auditorium, an 800 seat performance venue with a studio theatre and music performance suite. In May 2012 the auditorium was officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra.

RHEINZINK was contracted to supply titanium zinc for both the roof and the façade of the auditorium. Over 400 m² of the diamond-shaped tiles in the surface quality prePATINA blue-grey were used for the façade cladding of the auditorium. These custom-made tiles were each of a different size to allow the cladding to follow the complex shape of the building and help to break down the scale of the big façade areas with their small scale pattern.

For the roof, RHEINZINK supplied 400 m² of standing seam roof cladding with the same surface quality as per the façade cladding. Moreover RHEINZINK tiles were used partly inside as a wall cladding.

The Auditorium has won the RIBA NE Award 2013 and Client of the Year at the RIBA North East Awards, which celebrate the best in architecture and the design of the built environment. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.


Associated Architects
Birmingham, Great Britain

Sheet Metal Contractor
NJM Roofing Ltd.
Gateshead, Great Britain

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