John McAslan + Partners
The award-winning and BREEAM Outstanding Engineering Building at the internationally renowned Lancaster University features a complete range of architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal.
Located on the Lancaster University campus in the North West of England, the new engineering facility has been awarded Winner of the RIBA National Award for 2015, and was highly commended by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the Design through Innovation category at the 2016 RICS North West Awards.
Purpose-built to a world-class standard, the scheme comprimises of 4,701 sqm of workshop, laboratory and office space in two concrete framed blocks either side of a dramatic four-storey atrium.
Using passive techniques to achieve the environmental performance measure of BREEAM 'oustanding' in the design assessment, which is in-line with Lancaster University's sustainability and carbon reduction targets.
With this in mind, the most thermally efficient solution was delivered, with CD Commercial Doors and GEODE MX Curtain Walling. GEODE MX Visible Grid Curtain Walling is featured throughout the building, and was specified for it's contemporary aesthetics. This system also includes concealed vents to allow natural ventilation without comprimising the architectural integrity of the facade.
With natural light being a key specification, GEODE MX Visible Grid Curtain Wall allowed larger and heavier glazing units to be installed thanks to its superior load distribution, permitting more natural light to flow through the building's rooms.