Architect: Carey Jones Architects
Fabricator: Airedale Architectural
Products: Trame Horizontale and grid curtain walling, FXi fixed light casement windows, CD automatic sliding doors
The £41m flagship hospital in Leeds is the largest ever single investment by Nuffield Hospitals and one of the most advanced independent hospitals in Europe.
Carey Jones Architects specified Technal’s innovative Trame Horizontale curtain wall to create a strong identity for the main entrance to the hospital. The system tapers to a sharp prow-like point, providing a clean, modern and distinctive architectural feature for the new building.
Technal’s grid curtain walling introduces large amounts of natural light into the depth of the hospital and is set into sandstone cladding for a subtle but contemporary appearance. The system is used to form full height towers at either end of the development, two bays in the centre and to enclose the top three floors.
Dual colours were selected for the curtain walling, allowing the exterior to be finished in grey and the interior in white. Excellent sound attenuation is achieved with the use of 10mm grey tinted glass with a 6mm clear inner.
Around 200 fixed light windows from the FXi casement window range were used across the development, and CD automatic sliding doors were selected for the main entrance.
The Architect’s Perspective
Nigel Saunders, Director, Carey Jones Architects:
“The Trame system allowed us to give a linear emphasis to the glazing for the main entrance. We were also able to lose the mullion detail with the use of a silicone joint. The result is a striking and imposing entrance and a light, open atrium space.”
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