In May 2016, The Royal Mint opened The Royal Mint Experience – its £9m visitor attraction at its headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.
The Royal Mint has a 1,000 year old history and is the UK’s oldest manufacturing organisation as well as being the world’s leading export mint. The Royal Mint Experience enables the public to experience The Royal Mint’s processes of manufacturing coinage – an educational experience expected to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world.
The Royal Mint Experience is a single-storey building designed by Rio Architects of Cardiff who selected Rimex’s coloured stainless steel finishes kown as ColourTex® for the external cladding system. The striking result has been designed in a hexagonal configuration and in multiple shades of coloured stainless steel finishes from Rimex to create a colour change effect that varies with light conditions and evokes the iconic design of the 50 pence piece.
From Rimex Metals (UK) DesignScape™ Collection of metal finishes the products used are ColourTex™ rosy gold Pearl, rosy gold Pagoda, gold Pagoda and bronze Pearl coloured stainless steel. All material is 0.6mm thick in 316 grade stainless steel.
The coloured Pagoda and Pearl ColourTex™ finishes used are patterned stainless steel that has been coloured and then highlight polished on the top area of the pattern to provide a sparkling effect to stainless steel.
ColourTex® coloured stainless steel is manufactured in black, blue, bronze, cannon bronze, ampagne, charcoal, gold and rosy gold colours and in mirror and satin polishes, patterned and bead blast finishes.
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