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Government Communications Headquarters, Cheltenham, Schmidlin UK

Award for the subcontractor demonstrating 'Best Practice' - Winner

Schmidlin's brief was to provide a bespoke blast-resistant facade capable of providing a high level of protection while maintaining the architectural design intent of the architect, Gensler.

Given the sleek lines and fine modelling that were required aesthetically, it was clear from an early stage that a steel construction would not be able to provide the solution to this particular design conflict. Aluminium extrusions were proposed as the most appropriate solution as they could be produced to very tight and consistent manufacturing tolerances and were able to satisfy aesthetic requirements.

Each aluminium component for the completely bespoke facade was individually designed and engineered to meet not only the complex performance criteria but also the quality and tolerance requirements needed to use these components within a high-quality prefabricated curtain wall.

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