Sky Plaza, Leeds

Architect: Carey Jones Architects
Design & build contractor: Shepherd Construction
Fabricator: Baris Facades and Linings
Client: UNITE
Products: MX curtain walling, FXi65 windows

Sky Plaza in Leeds is the world’s tallest student accommodation building. This £80m scheme features a range of glazing solutions from Technal, which were delivered in partnership with fabricator Baris Facades.

The high-rise development provides contemporary accommodation for more than 500 students, from single studio rooms to spacious flats with panoramic views, in an eye-catching tower which spans 37 storeys.



A Striking Addition to the Leeds Skyline

The 104m high structure makes a dramatic impact on the city skyline. It features dark zinc cladding with deeply recessed FXi65 casement windows to the north façade. Vertical strips of MX grid curtain walling support aluminium composite panels and large picture windows on the south elevation.

The MX system was also used to form the horizontal link and the vertical strips of glazing where phase two of the development joins the first phase.

The windows were provided in a tilt/turn configuration for each level up to level 19, with internal beading for fast replacement glazing, and the ‘turn’ mechanism locked off for safety. Fixed lights were installed to the upper floors where the apartments are comfort cooled.

The Architect’s Perspective

hris Robson, Technical Co-ordinator, Carey Jones Architects:

“Our design brief was to create an iconic building and a landmark development for student accommodation in the heart of Leeds.”

“Our specification for the window and curtain walling systems was for enhanced thermal performance and insulation qualities, a slim and crisp finish to the profiles, and good colour consistency for the powder coatings. We also required systems with variable depths to accommodate different glass thicknesses for additional acoustic protection to the lower levels of the building as it is located close to the inner ring road.”

“We are pleased with the choice of façade systems used. Technal’s products are good, are performing well and have contributed to an excellent building.”



Windows Designed for Superior Thermal Performance

The FXi65 casement window features attractive curved profiles and provides superior thermal efficiency, using a 19mm flush polyamide thermal break and innovative gasket detailing to meet or exceed the latest Building Regulations.

The 65mm module allows more economical glass specifications to be used, whilst still delivering the targeted U-value. The FXi65 system will also accommodate 17mm up to 48mm glazing units for wider choice to deliver additional thermal or acoustic performance. Configuration options include fixed lights, top, side and bottom hung, pivot, tilt/turn and tilt/slide.



Fully Compatible Curtain Walling

MX curtain walling is fully compatible with the FXi window range, and can be used to create a wide variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing. MX Acoustic for additional noise protection and MX62 for larger glass sizes are the latest additions to the extensive range of MX curtain walling options.