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coventry university

coventry university

coventry university

coventry university
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Coventry University


"MERO-SCHMIDLIN UK have helped greatly to achieve a project that is both dynamic and apparently effortless, this is a hallmark of good design and coordination"
Sean Macintosh, Arup Associates

Coventry University has recently expanded with the creation of two new high-tech buildings destined to become a flagship for the university and a landmark in the city centre. Designed to house the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, the new site comprises of a six storey tiered Science building next to a lower level Nature block, with planted roof. Each building forms an ‘L’ shape, with both buildings connected by a four storey glazed link.

The development is highly focused on sustainable design. Photovoltaic arrays and solar panels are integrated into both the angled facades and roof, along with heat exchange systems and the use of natural rain water, to name but a few environmental considerations.

The facades of the Science block, which face the inner courtyard, are the most striking element of the new development. The facades are formed from a lightweight timber grid, onto which insulated panels with a louvre profiled surface are fixed. These panels form an interlocking hexagonal pattern with opening windows shaded by aluminium hoods, forming an impressive overall appearance.

The remaining facades to both build-ings are formed from louvre profiled aluminium panels running around the building, with a line of brise soleil running horizontally above and below the windows. At ground floor level a band of rendered façade runs all around both buildings, forming a protective skirting to the building from daily activity.

Internally the glulam timber framework of the facades is visible, with veneered panels cladding the spaces in-between. The timber beams form impressive frames to the glazing panels and actuator driven windows, creating a visually pleasing interior.

The glazed link connecting the two buildings also provides a passage from the outer site to the inner courtyard. Formed of two facades and a sloping roof, the link stands 15m high. Steel tee’s form the facade mullions with timber transoms supporting the glazing panels horizontally. Large glulam beams span between the two main buildings supporting the sloping roof. Hidden wire-ways within the facades provide power and control to 15 actuator driven windows.

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Coventry University
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_ Scope of Works: Building envelope: Formed from a timber framework bracketed onto concrete structure, forming a grid onto which insulated panels are secured by a glazing system. Louvre profiled anodised aluminium panels then form the outer cladding to the building envelope, incorporating fixed glazing panels and opening windows. Brise soleil to edge of glazing bands to some facades. Veneered timber cladding panels to internal finish.
Rendered façades: Fixed onto insulated panels secured by a timber framework.
Glazed link: Formed from a frame comprising of timber and steel sections, with two facades and a sloped roof.
Rooflights: 2nr louvred with aluminium cladding. 5nr glazed with brise soleil to the roof and automated glazed louvre banks to the sides.
Doors: 21nr doors incorporated into facades, including one revolving. Inner leafs vary from glazed, louvred and insulated panels.

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_ Cladding Details:

External cladding to main façades formed from pressed aluminium sheet with a louvre type pattern. Internal insulated panels formed from sheet steel with insulated infill. Outer hoods to opening windows formed from 3mm thick natural anodised aluminium.

All façade DGU’s formed from clear toughened HST inner and outer panes. All over head glazing formed from clear toughened HST outer pane and clear heat strengthened laminated inner.

Rendered facades formed from 12mm renderflex carrier board onto which reinforcement mesh is fixed. An outer render is then applied and painted with an anti-graffiti coating.

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_ Framework Details: Glulam beams made from European Redwood provide the framework for the main facades. Standard steel sections used for the glazed link.
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_ Year of Completion: 2012
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_ Client: Coventry University
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_ Architect: Arup Associates
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_ Construction Manager: Vinci Construction UK
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