Kawneer Passes The Test At Headingley Carnegie
25 November, 2010
Curtain walling, window vents and doors from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer were specified for a variety of reasons for the new Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground which has become a major Yorkshire landmark.
Kawneer’s AA®110 curtain walling was inclined 14º from the vertical at the top of the concave south elevation overlooking the ground and was complemented by AA®601 top-hung casement window vents and AA®605 low/medium duty swing doors on the £21 million replacement for the Winter Shed Stand and Television Media Centre.
Installed by Edinburgh-based facade specialists Charles Henshaw for main contractor BAM, the curtain walling is glazed in an irregular chequered mixture of opaque and clear glass panels which are punctuated with pairs of small steel balconies and a cantilevered box that forms an internal auditorium that can be converted from a 150-seat lecture theatre to a press room for 100 journalists in less than six hours. It hangs from a structural steel top deck that extends from the second floor upwards from an in-situ concrete frame.
Designed by Alsop Sparch to a brief that included targeting a BREEAM “Excellent” rating and uninterrupted sightlines of the matches, the 3,700m² state-of-the-art pavilion is a collaborative project between the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
It will replace and upgrade the existing space with facilities for up to 1,000 people that surpass requirements for test match venues as well as providing unique, practical lecture and teaching areas for Tourism Hospitality and Event Management students and their counterparts in Digital Journalism who will work with the hi-tech facilities of the new media centre.
It has also enabled the cricket club offices to relocate to the new pavilion from accommodation in the East Stand which the club intends to develop into a Yorkshire Cricket Museum and Visitor Centre.
The project had to maintain the original 17,000 capacity of the ground which has seen some of the greatest moments in First Class and Test Match cricket.
Graham Chung, national sales manager for Henshaw, said: “We proposed Kawneer due to the complexity of design.”
Thomas Hon, project architect for Alsop Sparch architects who have used Kawneer systems many times before, said: “The Kawneer products provide the inclined glass façade yet still maintain the required U-value for the south façade. Aluminium’s sustainability was also very important, especially since the building has achieved an excellent BREEAM and WRAP good practice rating.
“Kawneer’s systems met all the aesthetic and performance requirements of the project. Their impact on the glazed elements is very important, acting as the main elevation for the cricket side and providing a background image for broadcasting.”
He added: “The project was very well received by the local planning authority and is considered one of the major landmark buildings in Yorkshire.”
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