CommercialGreenPark Business Park
Nicholas Hare Architects, London
£ 4 Million
Nicholas Hare Architects of London designed the three prestigious office buildings as part of a design and build contract managed by HBG Southern Construction Ltd for the state-of-theart GreenPark business park in Reading.
The buildings, which are located at 200, 250 and 300 Longwater Avenue, have been let to Cisco Systems, the world leader in networking for the Internet.
300 Longwater Avenue is a four-storey structure, which maintains the same basic curtain walling concept as the other two buildings. However, it features a full height, fully glazed entrance foyer, located on the south east elevation and externally supported by a series of dramatic fin like structural steel columns. Kawneer’s 1612 curtain walling, which has the structural integrity to accommodate significant amounts of live load deflection, was used on the main entrance in a particularly original application – it was installed with the structural support outside the glazing line. The architect requested that the glass wall should be supported from the outside, so the curtain walling is fixed in the reverse. The application of the curtain walling did not cause a problem; it was the actual fixing that was highly complicated and involved a lot of detailed development work with the structural engineer, project architect and Kawneer. In the event, the basic principles for the fixing of brise soleil were adapted to a curtain wall in a normal application. The brackets come through the nose of the curtainwall and were fixed into the flange of the curtainwall from the outside steel fins. The support comes from the structural steel columns which also house the stainless steel brise soleil mesh.
- 1612 Curtain Wall
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