London 2, UK
Webb Gray & Partners
£ 11 Million
Kawneer fought off stiff competition to secure the largest unitised curtain walling contract to be undertaken by a UK manufacturer and specialist contractor in Britain.
Global Switch is the world’s leading carrierneutral colocation company, constructing and managing world-class facilities that service the deployment of mission-critical voice and data communications equipment.
Designed by Webb Gray & Partners of Dudley, it is the largest purpose built facility of its kind in Europe.
Webb Gray & Partners had originally proposed a traditional rainscreen system for the exterior facade of the building. However, this was changed to a unitised solution once it became clear that a rainscreen system would not provide the speed of erection or flexibility of design needed to meet the client’s tight completion deadline.
With the building footprint occupying 99% of the site, the unitised solution also resolved critical logistics issues regarding the construction of the facade, by facilitating installation from the inside.