Barras Bridge, Newcastle University

Barras Bridge, Newcastle University

Client: Newcastle University
Architect: Bond Bryan Architects
Type of works: installation of KST-QST 16 Isokorb® thermal break units to provide an effective thermal break solution to the brise soleil.

Part of the current Newcastle University transformation is the new 8,000m2 Student and Administration Services Building, situated on Barras Bridge, opposite the Civic Centre. The flagship five-storey, glass-fronted building will create a welcoming front door to the University and consist of a visitor centre on the ground floor; complete with other extensive facilities such as careers, accomodation and student wellbeing services; along with the marketing and communications directorate and development and alumni relations office.

Designed by Bond Bryan Architects, the new structure is an elegant simplicity of form in the use of glass and natural sandstone and there is a full eight brise soleil to the buildings frontage to prevent solar gain. An effective thermal break solution is a critical component in preventing thermal bridging at the structural connection points of the brise soleil, and type KST-QST 16 Isokorb® thermal break units, from market leaders Schöck, are installed where the studs connect the solar shading post with the internal structure.

The KST modules are unique in being able to withstand extremely demanding loads and are made from stainless-steel components to ensure corrosion protection and minimise thermal conductivity. Due to their thermal insulation properties, the Isokorb® modules dramatically reduce energy loss in connective areas by guaranteeing that there is uniformity between cantilever structures and the internal structure at rthe thermal envelope. They also transfer load and maintain full structural integrity.

Project Architect Caroline Masters comments: “We will achieve a very good BREEAM rating and at the same time provide a high-quality internal environment. The building is a reinforced concrete structural frame and incorporates two full height atria. The sophisticated displacement system using raised access floors will bring cool air to the users in summer and recycled warm air in winter, while the control of natural light is achieved through brise soleil to the Barras Bridge facade.“

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In the UK Schöck provides both thermal insulation and acoustic insulation solutions. Its market-leading range of load-bearing thermal break elements, known as the Isokorb, allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel...
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