Project: The Centre for Virus Research
Building envelope contractor: Longworth
The design expertise and high quality support systems from NVELOPE, the rainscreen cladding specialist, have helped to provide The Centre for Virus Research with an aesthetically pleasing and state-of-the-art facility, which since completion, has achieved BREEAM Excellent status.
The Centre for Virus Research, a joint venture between the University of Glasgow and the Medical Research Council, was established in 2010. Two years later, Sheppard Robson Architects submitted plans for a facility at the University of Glasgow s Garscube campus. The aim of this £20 million project was to bring scientists researching viruses and viral diseases in humans and animals together under one roof. Haydock-based building envelope specialist, Longworth was the contractor for this project, and was responsible for specifying and installing the main façade. With the objective being to create an aesthetically pleasing end result, Longworth required a reliable cladding support system that would not disrupt the design of the façade.
" Having previously worked with NVELOPE and been impressed by the quality and affordability of its products, and the quick delivery it offers, we knew that NVELOPE was the right manufacturer for this project" commented Stephen Barrett, Commercial Director Longworth. "We once again made use of its project builder design service, as it provides us with accurate wind load calculations and pricing. We value this extra service, as it eliminates any surprises on-site."
Longworth specified NVELOPE' s NV 1 brackets and rail system to fix 1,500m² of copper cladding. The project, which required the new facility to link to the two existing buildings, took two years to complete. To check the workmanship and design performance of this project, the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) conducted a rigorous test of the cladding against water resistance. The test achieved highest scores, which in turn proved the efficiency of the products used. On completion, the building was given a BREEAM Excellence status.
The NVELOPE online project builder design and pricing service provides a complete, project specific cladding solution for architects with a very fast turnaround. The project builder design and pricing software by NVELOPE can speed up the cladding specification process for contractors, providing them with a detailed design to meet their precise requirements. NVELOPE's NV1 flexible point brackets were well suited for this project as they allow for expansion and contraction of the cladding when under strain from various weather conditions including strong winds. The NVELOPE systems provide a secure fixing solution for façade materials including; high pressure laminate (HPL), timber, weatherboard, fibre cement, fibre concrete, ceramic, thin stone, aluminium composite material (ACM) and many other metals. They are available pre-assembled with thermal isolators to help reduce thermal bridging and also prevent a chemical reaction which could occur between the aluminium bracket and the line in a concrete frame. Stand-off sizes for the vertical range are from 40 – 300 mm.
NVELOPE holds extensive stock to ensure orders can always be met and where necessary, immediate delivery can be provided. All NVELOPE cladding systems can be engineered to project specific requirements thanks to the expertise of its technical design support service. This provides architects and specifiers freedom with an almost infinite range of façade appearance and layout options.
For further information on NVELOPE Rainscreen Systems, call us direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.