Victoria Mills, Shipley

Architect: Beckwith Design Associates
Fabricator: Fox Aluminium
Award: Best Apartment Building, Yorkshire’s Finest Property Awards.
Products: Visible grid curtain walling, concealed tilt/turn vents, faceted curtain walling, FXi46 casement windows, FXi52 pivot doors, roof glazing

Victoria Mills is a futuristic, award-winning apartments scheme near Shipley in West Yorkshire, which incorporates a range of façade systems from Technal.

Technal’s systems have since been specified for the £20m second phase – VM2 and Northern Lights.

Developed by Newmason Properties, Victoria Mills comprises a series of Victorian mill conversions and contemporary new architecture. The £10m VM1 complex provides 113 apartments and forms part of a 5.5 acre enclosed village in a picturesque canal and riverside location.

The stylish eight-storey apartments building, which overlooks the River Aire, consists of a striking fully glazed sail-shaped structure linked to a rotunda. Visible grid curtain walling was used to provide full height glazing for the duplex and triplex apartments, with concealed tilt/turn vents providing natural ventilation whilst maintaining a continuous flat façade.

Faceted curtain wall follows the curve of the rotunda with roof glazing enclosing the top of the sail structure and linked to the vertical façade.

FXi46 casement tilt/turn windows in both ribbon and punched hole configurations were inserted into stone cladding from first to fifth floors on the rotunda and the link. FXi52 pivot doors provide access to the private balconies.

The glass specified was clear low E throughout, with look-alike panels to conceal services and the building structure between floors, and self-cleaning glass to the three-storey penthouse apartments.

VM2 will replicate the first phase and will include an identical rotunda linked to a second distinctive sail-shaped structure.



The Architect’s Perspective

Richard Paynter, Beckwith Design Associates:

“All Technal’s systems met our criteria for aesthetics and thermal performance in line with the required Building Regulations, and we are pleased with the end result. We felt aluminium was best suited to a project of this scale and offers an effective low maintenance solution.”