Faulkner Brown Architects
Located in Anglesey and operated by Bangor University, Menai Science Park is the flagship building for Wales' first dedicated science park. The facility has been constructed to BREEAM Excellent standards and comprises of 5,000 sqm of offices, laboratory and workshop space for up to 700 people - from start-up businesses to large corporate companies.
The building's structure features a striking white continuous flowing ribbon that forms wall, floor and roof surfaces and wraps around the glazed facade to the front elevation. This two-storey entrance connects to the main three-storey, traditional brick cavity U-shape building, which houses the laboratories and offices and features a facade that encloses an open courtyard.
Elegance 52 Curtain walling has been installed and spans 74m x 11m. This had to follow the curvature and flow of the ribbon at the point of fabrication. The key area for this facade is the first floor horizontal and sloping ribbon - the curtain walling continues behind the Corian rainscreen.
One particularly challenging detail is the 6m glazed linking walkway that connects the innovation area to the brick-built main building. Designed with a double-pitched roof, the curtain walling follows the long contours across the two pitches of the roof at an angle. This involved calculations and modelling to accomodate the difficult compound angles to ensure the desired architectural intent was achieved.
Throughout the building, Dualframe 75 Si casement windows have been installed, some as inserts within the curtain wall facade including automatic opening vents, and also the courtyard elevations. Completing this contemporary outdoor space, the windows are complemented by timber rainscreen panels.