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Facade Installation Has Commenced At Royal Holloway University

Facade Installation Has Commenced At Royal Holloway University

The installation of the total façade package of the world class study facility at the Royal Holloway University campus has commenced, complementing the existing Grade I listed Founders Building.

With fully coordinated 3D BIM designs due to the complex cladding and geometry and to bring together the varying elements, the installation process will need to follow careful sequencing and procedures to give the desired intent.

Due for completion during 2017, the finished building will be stunning and a testament to the intensive design process gone through.

Total façade package including responsibility for all interfaces and weather performance. This involved high specification glass and product finishes and fast installation with key co-ordination and interfacing with other trades

Employed by contractor, Osborne, Colorminium have been involved in the scheme for over 2 years prior to commencement of the build. Working with Associated Architects from stage D, the key design details for the critical façade elements have been developed through the architectural stages to a point where the project could be let under a 2-stage basis to Osborne.

Under the £6.5 million contract, Colorminium are responsible for the whole façade envelope, carefully co-ordinated detailed design is needed to bring the varying cladding elements together. A concrete frame structure has meant that Colorminium’s scope commences with the lightweight steel framing infills in the solid wall build up areas.

From there, glazing apertures were infilled with traditional stick curtain walling and then a feature surround that supports the horizontal terracotta brise soleil.

To the ground level cladding areas, ceramic cladding runs around the building whilst on the projecting bay that cloaks the ends of the atrium, the cladding material is pure bronze. Down the east elevation, large projecting bays are also encapsulated with aluminium cladding.

At terrace and roof level, aluminium copings run around the perimeter, with large walk-on rooflights spilling light to the study spaces below. Plant room cladding and louvre screens also fall within the envelope package.

Two tower cranes were erected on the Library and Student Services Centre site at the beginning of the year as the building started to grow.

The cranes are 27 metres high and will be in place until the start of 2017 and will enable the contractors to build the two wings of the new building.

The new Library and Student Services Centre is due for completion in 2017.


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