VELFAC installed across the whole development (described as a ‘new front door’ for the University’s Penryn Campus) large glazed facades, helping to create a highly distinctive local landmark while also increasing daylighting throughout the open plan interior.
BDP architect Matthew Mayes had previously specified VELFAC for many other projects (including the AIR) and was very happy to use the system again. "It’s a quality product," he comments, "and comes with guarantees and test certification already in place. The VELFAC team also provides detailed interface drawings which are a real advantage for us, and not something supplied by every manufacturer."
As the Launchpad was built to BREEAM Excellent standards, the VELFAC system had to meet stricter thermal performance targets than when the AIR was built, but still achievable with standard double glazed units featuring more thermally efficient glass. Externally, VELFAC aluminium frames have been finished in silver PPC to echo the large silver struts which support the curved green roof.
The frames also complement the silver-clad Creative Bridge, and bring additional texture to a façade featuring timber and local stone. Internally, timber window frames are finished in a clear lacquer "to deliver a softer feel," says Matthew, "and the frames also tie in with the timber veneered doors and architraves which are a feature of the workspaces."
The Launchpad building was formally opened by the Mayor of Penryn in March 2019, and will help increase the impact of the University’s research and enterprise activities across the Cornish economy.