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Oliver Sweeney, Spinningfields, Manchester by Urban Salon

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[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] Urban Salon’s scheme for Oliver Sweeney’s new store in Spinningfields, Manchester

The glazed façade is mullion free in order to achieve views deep into the store interior. The façade is the first of its kind. Horizontal steel rods act as wind bracing between the glazing and the building superstructure. A wind analysis, specific to the facade location, was undertaken based on a 1 in 50 year wind load of 1.50kN/m². This indicated that the horizontal deflection of the steel system will not
exceed 10.8mm.

The design is the result of an ongoing collaboration project between structural engineers, Fluid Structures and Urban Salon.

Inside, an independent geometrical timber box forms the main sales area. An oak and rubber peg system is used to display shoes. A central monolithic wooden element displays product and provides

Start on site date February 2010
Form of contract and/or procurement Bespoke Local Authority contract won through competitive tender
Total cost £150,000
Client London Borough of Lambeth and GLL
Architects Amenity Space
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Software programming Diceworks
Main contractor AHI Ltd

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