AA®201 Unitised Curtain WallLowry Hotel
Consarc Design Ltd.
Designed by Consarc Consulting Architects, the £30m scheme is located in Chapel Wharf, a brownfield regeneration zone on the Salford banks of the river Irwell facing Manchester city centre. The architect’s desire to create a highly glazed yet expressive design led them to incorporate some 3,100 square metres of curtain walling for the hotel’s 164 bedrooms located on the north, south and east elevations.
The curtain wall design posed a number of important visual and performance challenges. Externally the vision for the glazed walling was to provide a smooth, plane-like aesthetic, with a horizontal emphasis, in order to reduce the apparent scale of the building in relationship to the piazza. Internally the system needed to be highly transparent in order to maximise views over the city, but also retain a degree of privacy for the hotel’s guests and minimise any possible feelings of vertigo associated with large areas of exposed, floor-toceiling glass at heights. In addition the wall had to accommodate the project’s tight construction program - just 12 weeks for installation - and be of the quality befitting Manchester’s first five star hotel. To this end the team specified Kawneer’s Unitised Curtain Walling - our high performance prefabricated glazing system.