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Facade Installation Has


At Royal



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 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.


Contractors World UK Ireland Vol 6 No 2