Façade and Glazing Solutions have applied their curtain wall designing expertise to the new Student Centre at University College London (UCL).
Appointed by main contractor Mace for their vast experience in technically challenging projects, FGS designed, supplied and installed Schuco curtain walling, windows and doors in a glazing contract worth £2.7m.
Nicholas Hare Architects designed the £67.4m building to provide a progressive and flexible environment in the heart of the Bloomsbury campus.
Designed to achieve exemplary sustainability targets (BREEAM Outstanding) the building adds to UCL’s heritage of distinguished architecture.
Key components of the student-focused building are 1,000 study spaces, a Student Enquiries Centre, a café, space for exhibitors, landscaped central courtyard and a striking atrium.
David Tompson, Associate at Nicholas Hare Architects said: "From the outset FGS brought a positive can-do attitude to the project. Developing the design with them was a pleasure from start to finish. Their knowledge and expertise were instrumental in achieving a number of bespoke and innovative design solutions, and an overall outcome of which we can all be proud."
Shane Johannessen, Head of Design at FGS, who previously designed the glazing elements of the RIBA Stirling award winning Everyman Theatre in Liverpool said: “This was by no means a standard curtain walling project; the technical challenges the FGS design team overcame far surpassed a standard curtain wall project. The New Student Centre features generous expanses of glazing to maximise daylight without excessive solar gain and almost every glazing element required bespoke design to meet the architect’s vision. We pushed the boundaries of curtain walling design to a whole new level and we are immensely proud of the outcome.”
The glass specification was driven by the sustainability targets and U-Values required (1.4 on average), which enabled FGS to determine the best performing coating required to meet the energy model calculations.
Other challenges, particularly relating to the Gordon Street elevation, included projecting facades consisting of bronze anodised panels with concealed fixings, and bespoke mesh infill, as well as ensuring the structural integrity of projecting bay windows with integrated bespoke internal reveals.
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