Battle of Britain Memorial Trust


Naxan Cladding




June 2018


$4.5m AUD

The Scope

To adopt a contemporary and innovative design approach promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly building principles in order to minimise the carbon footprint and allow the building to last for many years to come.

The Problem

The site is on an exposed cliff top and the materials used for The Wing needed to prove durable, weather-proof and long-lasting.

Our Solution

After reviewing traditional timber materials, the design team opted to utilise the Naxan product (made with Resysta technology), a fibre-reinforced hybrid material which comes in a wide range of finishes and proved to be a great alternative to traditional timber cladding.

The Naxan (Resysta) material was chosen for the following reasons:

  • Clean, modern appearance and visual similarity to real timber
  • Durability and imperviousness to water and moisture
  • Low lifetime maintenance cost resulting in long-term cost effectiveness
  • Product is sustainable, made from rice husks, common salt and mineral oil

The Results

Since being unveiled by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in March 2015, The Wing has achieved a trio of coveted awards and has been named one of the most outstanding buildings in the UK.

Designed in the shape of a Spitfire wing, it received the Best Small Commercial Building award at the Southern Region Awards and was Highly Commended in the Small Commercial Building category of the 2015 Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards. In addition, it achieved the top award at the 2015 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Wing is a superb example of how an innovative material, Naxan (Resysta), was able to fit a technical specification for sustainability and durability, whilst also providing an aesthetically pleasing look, as well as a modern appearance that complemented natural materials such as timber, stone and slate.

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