Warwick University

Architect: RH Partnership
Fabricator: St Gobain Solaglas
Products: MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling, FXi46 casement windows

The second phase in the creation of a new academic square at the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s top five performing universities, features a range of advanced glazing systems from Technal.

The new three-storey scheme has allowed two university departments to relocate to purpose-designed facilities on the main campus and to increase capacity. The accommodation includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, administrative offices, undergraduate work rooms, individual academic offices, common rooms and a central ‘street’ with a large circulation area.

Technal’s acclaimed MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling was selected for the front elevation to express the stair tower. This highly innovative system highlights the horizontal profiles across the façade using a ‘C’ cap to add interest and a more contemporary finish for the building envelope.

MC grid curtain walling was specified for other areas of the building, with concealed windows set into the curtain wall to allow natural ventilation. These systems are complemented by FXi46 casement windows used as punched openings for the rendered wall and ribbon glazing for the areas of terracotta panelling and cedar cladding.



The Architect’s Perspective

Peter Haley, Project Architect, RH Partnership:

“Technal was able to provide us with a complete solution from one source, which suited the project budget and the essence of our design – simple, modern windows, conventional grid curtain walling and the Trame Horizontale feature curtain walling.”

“The Trame system was considered a good and cost-effective alternative to planar glazing and has given the projecting staircase a crisp appearance, with its fine horizontal lines and glass to glass joints at the corners. The result reads well on the elevation and complements the palette of materials used on the adjoining computer science building.”