Facade Installation Has
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
With fully coordinated 3D BIM designs due
to the complex cladding and geometry and to
bring together the varying elements, the in-
stallation process will need to fol-
low careful sequencing and proce-
dures 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
Total façade package including
responsibility for all interfaces and
weather performance. This in-
volved high specification glass and
product finishes and fast installa-
tion 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 com-
mencement 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 com-
mences with the lightweight steel framing infills in the
solid wall build up areas.
From there, glazing apertures were infilled with tra-
ditional 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
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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