Technal, part of Hydro Building Systems, has supplied a range of architectural aluminium glazing systems for a new campus development, which occupies a spectacular parkland setting at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Designed by Murray O’Laoire Architects, the Millstream Courtyard has already been shortlisted in the Irish Architecture Awards. With impressive views overlooking the River Shannon, the scheme comprises two new campus buildings – the Engineering Research Building and the Courtyard Building.
The three to four storey buildings feature Technal’s grid curtain walling system to each elevation and the FXi65 top hung casement windows as punched hole openings and inserted into the curtain wall. The opening lights were finished in blue – a different colour to the curtain walling, which was supplied in grey.
“The Technal systems met our specification criteria for factors such as wind loadings, thermal efficiency, weather resistance and design life”, said Seamus Hanrahan, Associate Director of Murray O’Laoire Architects. “All the glazing systems are performing well.”
The elevational treatment of the two buildings uses a palette of timber and zinc cladding and glazing as the primary materials, with brick also utilised on the research facility to complement other buildings on the campus. A three-storey colonnade links the research building to the Millstream Courtyard – a new urban space at the heart of the development.
The 3,900sqm Engineering Research Building comprises two parallel off-set blocks that are linked at first and second floor level. These blocks accommodate an undergraduate teaching area with a lecture theatre and seminar rooms, and a research area with four research centres.
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