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OFFICE BUILDINGS

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EDM SPANWALL

Dublin pyramids take to the skies

The latest office development at George's Quay in Dublin features several dramatic glazed pyramid towers linked by aerial walkways.

The incorporated stainless steel louvres with aluminium extruded cores were developed, shaped and formed into aerofoils by EDM Architectural Metal Products, which also made the 4m long T-section facade features installed in the mullions of the curtain wall .

ENQUIRY NO. 1212

LUXALON

Ceiling panels are open for business

Removable ceiling panels allow full access to services and equipment in the plenum of the Faraday Wharf business centre at Aston Science Park in Birmingham. The centre's 1,200m 2open ceiling uses Luxalon's 84R interior panels in white. The panels are clipped onto 111mm module carriers, creating a 27mm gap on each panel. Panels can be supplied in a range of colours and widths and in lengths of up to 6,000mm.

ENQUIRY NO. 1213

EUROCLAD

Embracing the curve

The design of cladding support structures for complex curved elevations at a new office complex in Newport called for more than 300 Europanel Fire-Proof cladding panels from Euroclad. Ranging in module sizes from 900mm to 1,100mm high and up to 7m long, the steel-faced panels were used to complement the glazing and define the floor levels. Euroclad also designed intricate 2-3mm thick fabrications and flashings for the rotunda, and the complex was finished with 2,000m of 32/1000 roofing profiles installed as a double-skin structure.

ENQUIRY NO. 1214

GUTECHNOLOGIES

Swindon doors go with a swing

Persistent draught problems and access for disabled visitors have been improved significantly by the installation of GU Technologies' FD-M in-floor swing-door operators at the Cellular Operations headquarters in Swindon.

Retrofitted to existing double-leaf glass doors, the concealed door operators provide hands-free opening and have the strength and durability required to keep doors closed in all weathers.

ENQUIRY NO. 1215

KAWNEER Structural glazing makes a point

The most technically challenging aspect of the new office development in Hulme, Manchester was the projecting curtain wall feature, introduced to take advantage of the unusual pointed shape of the site. Kawneer's 1202S structural silicone glazing, 1202 HC curtain walling and 500 series windows were selected for their aesthetic and performance properties. The system was used with vertical silicone joints but horizontal feature caps to create a strong glazed prow to the building.The aluminium elements were fitted with solar-controlled lowE double glazing.

ENQUIRY NO. 1216

RACKLINE

Storage capacity is put on the shelf

Restrictions on the storage of documents and information at the new GlaxoSmithKlein head office in Brentford, Middlesex, included limited floor space, secure access and heavily loaded shelving.

Rackline was chosen to provide more than 1,700 linear metres of adjustable duplex steel shelving.

Durable and with a high capacity, the units were finished in either wood panelling or painted white.

ENQUIRY NO. 1217

BURLINGTON

Investment bank enjoys a bit of rough

The Lochside facade of the new JP Morgan Investment Bank development at Edinburgh Park has used Burlington's natural stone rainscreen cladding to dramatic effect. Broughton Moor cladding with a textured flamed finish is fixed to a 15m high 'campanile', designed to appear separate from the main office building. In lengths of 1,800mm and widths up to 350mm, the cladding has been fixed in vertical bands. The rough-hewn finish provides an interesting contrast to the smooth Sto render and curtain walling used on the main office building.

ENQUIRY NO. 1218

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