Phoenix Natural Gas Headquarters, Belfast

Architect: Cartwright Pickard
Fabricator: CEP Arcal
Award: Best Commercial Workplace in the North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland - British Council for Offices
Products: MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling, top hung concealed windows

The contemporary and energy efficient design for a new operations centre for Phoenix Natural Gas features extensive use of MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling. The result is an eye-catching building, which is flooded with natural light during the day and glows attractively at night.

Environmental considerations played an important part in the specification of the glazing systems, and in the overall design theme, to minimise energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Around half of the building is glazed in MC Trame to optimise the cost of heating and cooling against savings in artificial light. The system was specially adapted to hold 7.5m long silver rainscreen cladding panels, which are flush with the external face of the glass. Top hung concealed windows inserted into the curtain walling naturally ventilate the offices.



The Architect’s Perspective

James Pickard, Project Director, Cartwright Pickard Architects:

“Technal’s system enabled us to incorporate elegant solar shading and use more clear glass to maximise daylight and views out. It was also sufficiently flexible to be adapted to our specific project requirements and helped add an element of individualism to the overall design.”