Four-storey research laboratory for the University of Liverpool in the area known as ‘Knowlege Quarter’.
Fairhursts Design Group
Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls.
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Country: UK, EnglandLocation: Liverpool Purpose: science, education Main Contractor: Shepherd Construction Architect: Fairhursts Design Group Our contribution: Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls. Complete: 2016
An investment carried out for the
University of Liverpool in the area of the so-called ‘Knowlege Quarter’.
Within the limits of the current Knowledge
Quarter for centuries located are universities, research institutes and
centers, and many of them have implemented multi-million dollar redevelopment
programs in recent years to strengthen the Knowledge Quarter's position as the
largest location of its kind in the UK.
The Knowledge Quarter generates approximately 15% of the city's gross
income and educates over 60,000 people in various scientific disciplines.
CONTEXT Geographically, the Knowledge Quarter
extends from Upper Parliament Street in the south to Islington in the north and
is bounded by Grove Street and Low Hill to the east and Renshaw Street to the
west. The Knowledge Quarter generates around £ 1 billion in income annually and
offers around 14,000 full-time jobs. The Knowledge Quarter is home to the
University of Liverpool, established in 1881 as University College Liverpool.
In 1903, the institution became independent as the University of Liverpool.
20,000 students, benefiting from 400 programs covering 54 subject areas are
studying here. Like other institutions in the Knowledge Quarter, the University
of Liverpool has been undergoing major modernization over the past few years.
About £ 660 million has already been invested into the new university buildings
PROJECT AND DEVELOPMENT One of the new investments of the
university was construction of a new 4-storey Apex research laboratory. The
limited space dictated the shape and location of the building. It has a
concrete cast-in-place frame externally clad with high-quality materials such
as metal silver curtain wall and anodized brown rain shield façade planks. The
projecting entrance façade is glazed along the entire height of the curtain
wall, and the roof-level outlet duct mesh screens have been constructed
off-site and secured in place by cranes. At the end of the planning stage the
University of Liverpool introduced an additional requirement for laboratories
to reflect the new safety standards for students and private sector companies
involved in the research. As the building was designed to be modular, it was
easily adapted to these requirements. The future operation of the building was
a fundamental matter and a key part of the design and construction process.
EFFECT: This modular building houses research,
analytical and support laboratories, offices, conference and lecture rooms, and
an X-ray room. The science laboratories are equipped with custom-made,
state-of-the-art, low-energy, variable-volume fume cupboards for excellent
containment results. The electrical installation includes LED lighting, robust
power supplies and low temperature backup systems. The façade designed by McMullen Facades is
made of a special Optima XPC cladding. It provides a completely invisible
fastening of a rain cover system made of extruded aluminum planks with flat
face modules. Additionally, due to the inherent strength of extruded aluminum,
this product only needs to be 15mm thick, making it ideal for renovations where
space is limited. A tricolor anodized finish was chosen, creating a traditional
stick-build façade for the large atrium, wings and parapet of the facility.
MAS Design as an independent office has been present on the market since 2013. MAS Design is a leading design office in Poland implementing projects in the BIM formula. Our management team has over 15 years of experience in the facade cladding industry, collected while designing and implementatingthe facades.