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Sawston MSCP Unity Campus

Sawston Unity Campus MSCP

Sawston Unity Campus


Sawston Unity Campus Project Front View

Sawston Unity Campus multi-storey car park, clad in 2,600m2 of Locker laser-cut aluminium sheets, complete with graduated radiused vertical corrugations.

 

Sawston Unity Campus Project Front View
Photo kindly supplied by Unity Campus, with help from Limewash.

Locker successfully completed the full design, engineering, fabrication and installation of this project on time and within budget for Bourne Group.

The Architectural practice was Nicholas Hare.

Sawston Unity Campus Project Blue Print

Design challenges

  • Each panel had identical sinusoidal corrugations. The perforated pattern, as well as the depth and wavelength of the profile, can be varied to create a bespoke facade.
  • The panels were only 2mm thick but had to vertically span up to 3m unsupported. The radius profile of the panels had to be deep enough to impose the required rigidity.
  • The constraints of the rolling tool had to be considered when determining radii.
  • The panels were designed to overlap enabling neighbouring panels to share common fixings.
  • Wind, snow and ice forces were considered.
  • The design maintains rigidity whilst having a 40% laser-cut open area for air flow.
  • The slot centres were adjusted to take account of the sinusoidal radii.
  • The drawing extract below shows a typical laser-cut sheet prior to, and following radius forming:
Sawston Unity Campus Project Blue Print

Fabrication Challenges

  • Perforation slots had to be laser cut prior to forming the radii.
  • The slots were not to distort during the radius forming.
  • The perforated sheets had to be incrementally “bumped” in a break press to form the exact radii.
  • The sinusoidal radii had to be consistent from panel to panel.
  • The panels were grit blasted prior to being polyester powder-coated. The grit blasting process removes the toolmarks.
  • The corner panels were site measured and installed last.
  • The laser cut panels had to be consistently accurate to the millimetre as they could not be altered on site.
  • The following images show the mesh panels laser-cut in their unformed state and in their radiused condition: -
Sawston Unity Campus Project Mesh Panels
Sawston Unity Campus Project Mesh Panels

Installation Challenges

  • Setting out of the panels was key to the project success to avoid accumulative error. Our site careful survey avoided abortive works where steelwork was out of alignment.
  • The extract below shows how we had to adapt our setting out to accommodate the slope in the building from left to right. This we had to stagger each panel location by 8mm.
  • Installation was undertaken from all-terrain scissor lifts. No lifting gear was needed.
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Granta Park, Cambridge

Granta Park, Cambridge


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Locker Gladstone 80/10 cable mesh installed using a Locker installation technique at Granta Park science, technology and biopharmaceutical park located on the banks of the River Granta in Great Abington near Cambridge.

The mesh is used as screening panels between green wall vertical cladding on a multi-storey car park.

Green wall supplied by, and credit for photos to ANS Global.
 

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The Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork

The Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork


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Sainsbury’s, Brentwood, Essex

Sainsbury's, Brentwood, Essex


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Two additional flat clad headlight screens covered in similar expanded metal bands are designed to mimic the main façades, and protect nearby housing from intrusive car headlights. The deceptive curvilinear form provides an elegant architectural screen, which economically both enhances and disguises the functional steel frame behind.

Architect: CHQ Architects

 

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Princesshay Shopping Centre Car Park, Exeter

Princesshay Shopping Centre Car Park, Exeter


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The Gladstone cable mesh is installed as an outer layer of façade cladding, over the pre-crimped mesh behind, creating a visual moiré effect. The internal layer of pre-crimped Gladstone mesh provides strong and effective security screening between the concrete car park levels.

View PDF Project Sheet: Princesshay Car Park

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Leeds University Multi-Storey Car Park

Leeds University Multi-Storey Car Park


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Locker wire mesh installed at Leeds University MSCP

The innovative structure of the car park façade along with the high quality of the end product has resulted in a shortlisting for a RICS award under the ‘Design through Innovation’ category.

Architect: Carey Jones (CJCT)

Construction: Wates Group (Shepherd Construction)

Professional photos courtesy of John Kees Photography

View PDF Project Sheet: Leeds University Multi-Storey Car Park

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Cork County Hall Car Park, Cork, Eire

Cork County Hall Car Park, Cork, Eire


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Architect: Shay Cleary Architects

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Clarence Dock, Leeds

Clarence Dock, Leeds


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View PDF Project Sheet: Clarence Dock, Leeds

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Star City Leisure Centre, Birmingham

Star City Leisure Centre, Birmingham


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The specification used for this project was:

Open Area: 69%
Weight: 6.88Kg/m2
Thickness: 13mm.
Architect: Reid Architecture

View PDF Project Sheet: Star City Leisure Centre

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