Bling Building, Liverpool

Architect: CZWG
Main contractor: David McLean Contractors
Fabricator: Solaglas Contracting North
Products: Visible grid and curved curtain walling, top hung concealed vents


One of the most distinctive buildings in Liverpool incorporates innovative use of curtain walling from Technal.


Nicknamed the ‘Bling Bling’ building, the five-storey, 2000sqm office and retail development sits between two classic Edwardian listed buildings on a prominent corner site. The scheme forms part of the £920m 42-acre Grosvenor regeneration project which is transforming the centre of the city – the biggest project of its kind in Europe. It is also the new headquarters for the celebrity hairdresser, Herberts, providing a glass and marble salon and hairdressing academy.

Technal’s grid and curved curtain walling was used for the building envelope, finished in anodised bronze and glazed in green tinted low E glass.

The architects specified a specially extruded 114mm deep cap for the vertical and horizontal sections to accentuate the curtain wall grid and provide an effective contrast to the copper-clad projecting ‘pods’ over the entrance to the building and on each façade. Laser cut end caps for the flat face at the intersection of the mullions and transoms were finished in anodised gold, to striking effect.

Technal’s curved curtain walling follows the line of the corner site and top hung concealed vents in large 1.5m by 1.7m spans naturally ventilate the building whilst providing a continuous glazed façade.

 

 

The Architect’s Perspective

David Donachie, Project Architect, CZWG:

“We were very impressed with the curtain walling system, which fully satisfied our design aims for the scheme.”

“We wanted to create a statement building and the Technal system allowed us to incorporate some innovative design detailing, such as the gold end caps. We expressed the curtain walling with a bespoke profile to ‘play off’ the effect of the gold projecting pods, and the concealed vents to the vision areas met our requirements for larger spans.”