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Plymouth Unversity Portland Square Curtain walling facade

Plymouth Unversity Portland Square Curtain walling facade

Plymouth Unversity Portland Square Skylight

Plymouth Unversity Portland Square Curtain walling facade

 

Plymouth University, UK


Completed in 2003, the redevelopment of the Portland Square site of the University of Plymouth provides new teaching facilities and a home to the New Peninsula Medical School.

MERO (UK) PLC. provided the semi-unitised aluminium curtain walling to the three new blocks at the university. Through the use of a variety of glazing specifications, finishes and opacities, the complete façades of the building are clad in glass to give a uniform reflective appearance, whilst still meeting the privacy and lighting requirements within the different areas of the building.

The facades were constructed from an aluminium Schuco glazing system, which MERO manufactured and assembled into the bespoke system units. These units incorporate a mixture of double glazed fixed windows, automatic and manual opening lights, doors, louvers and dummy louvers, all of which were brought to site as complete units ready for final assembly.

Other parts of the building within MERO’s scope of works included sloped atrium rooflights above the stairwells of the buildings, and horizontal overhead glazing above walkways. These installations again used a glazing system to provide a uniform appearance to the envelope of the building.

Throughout the project, materials were selected to meet the tough specifications imposed due to the proximity of the buildings to the coast, and the corrosive marine environment they would be subjected to over their lifetime. Aluminium sections were fixed with stainless steel fixings and bracketry, and EPDM and PVC gaskets, spacers and packing pieces were used throughout.

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Project Title:
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University of Plymouth
Portland Square Development
WP3100 Curtain Walling
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_ Scope of Works: Double glazed semi-unitised aluminium curtain wall to three student accommodation blocks
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_ Cladding Details:

5,500m² double glazed curtain wall. Panels comprised either 6mm tempered outer pane screen printed & low-e coated, 16mm air space and 6mm float inner pane, or 8mm tempered outer pane screen printed & low-e coated, 14mm air space and 10mm laminated inner pane for overhead applications.
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_ Year of Completion: 2003
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_ Contract Duration: 29 months
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_ Client: Plymouth Unversity
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M_ERO UK Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects.
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_ Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
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