Main Contractor:  Rydon Construction

Approx Value:  £300k

System: Technal

A £70m purpose built, world-class Automotive Propulsion System with fully integrated research facility in Bristol, constructed to achieve BREEAM Very Good Standard.

This was the first project in the UK to utilise the Hydro Circal 75 aluminium profiles which is made from a minimum 75% of recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap. This drastically reduces energy use in production which helped achieve the BREEAM Excellent rating.

The 13,500sqm, two-storey building features an impressive front elevation façade using Technal MX52 Curtain Walling system which was fabricated and installed to a planned eight-week delivery programme. Through our supply chain we also supplied the automatic revolving Doors for the University.

Panels alternate between vision glass and look-a-like, opaque spandrel panels to conceal the M&E services behind. The glass specification is continuous to maintain the same level of reflection and uniformity across the entire Curtain Walling screen. Thermally, the façade had to achieve zero heat gain, which meant careful glass specification. It was constructed using Saint Gobain COOL-LITE SKN 154 solar control glass. This blocks up to 72% of solar heat by reflecting it to the outside.