Beetham Tower, Liverpool

Architect: Aedas Architects
Fabricator: Airedale Architectural
Products: Faceted curtain walling, FXi46 casement windows

The Beetham Tower is the tallest project in the UK to feature Technal’s glazing systems – and is the highest new residential building in the North West.

This 30-storey flagship building is located 360ft above Liverpool’s famous waterfront, providing outstanding views towards the Welsh mountains. It provides 126 contemporary, one and two-bed city centre apartments and 9 exclusive duplex penthouses.

The tower features 1,800 sqm of Technal’s facetted curtain walling to the full height of this striking building, and 130 FXi46 aluminium casement windows. The windows were inserted into pre-cast concrete panels off-site and craned into position to significantly reduce the programme time and improve the accuracy and quality of installation. This highly innovative method of construction, which was also used for the adjacent hotel, removed the requirement for external scaffolding.

The FXi46 windows use a specially adapted heavy duty section to meet the wind loadings for the tower. The system was tested at Technal’s UK product development centre in Leeds and achieved in excess of 2000 Pa for wind resistance and 600 Pa for water tightness.

The glazing systems for the Beetham Tower were finished in a grey powder coated finish for a marine environment and glazed in clear low E glass.



The Architect’s Perspective

Helen Donleavy, Project Architect, Aedas:

“Technal’s systems met our requirements for acoustics and thermal efficiency and are performing well. As with the rest of the building, the glazing systems were completed on time and on budget.”