Kingspan’s integrated systems and building technology have been used to create this vibrant 390,000ft² landmark retail development at the heart of Newport, Wales, meeting stringent demands for façade design, rapid build and superior energy performance.
The architect’s design philosophy was to create a series of buildings each with their own individual character, using a colour palette that referenced the locality. The aluminium cassettes in shades of green reflect the surrounding hills, and the terracotta hues are reminiscent of some of the older buildings in Newport city centre.
We worked closey with Kingspan and the subcontractor to arrive at a technical solution that delivered on our design philosophy.
Brian Tracey - Director
Leslie Jones Architecture
Some challenges on this project included the creation of a number of bespoke ancillaries, including vertical rails for the hook-on cassettes, factory-cranked corner cassettes to give a smoother look, flashings made to match the thickness of the cassettes at strategic reveal points, and a penetrating steel fixing solution for store signage
Minimal Energy Required
With minimal junctions and reduced air leakage, it was easier to achieve the desired BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, all while allowing for maximum design flexibility.
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