Stanton Williams’ design for the new campus brings together college activities into a substantial state-of-the-art building that not only brings a practical solution to the University of Arts London needs, but aims to stimulate creativity and collaboration for the students.
- Incorporation of new products into existing structure
- Very challenging fire and compartmentation strategy with 120 minute fire-rated screens
- Complex building control integration for all doorsets
Colorminium were engaged by Bam Construction under a Design & Build contract to deliver the glazed fire-rated compartmentation screens, steel and glass doorsets with entrance strategy, glazing to common areas and steel cladding. Working alongside the design team during Stage D, the design progressed until we could go into contract at Stage E.
A key feature of the glazing to the existing buildings was incorporation into the retained structure. This proved particularly challenging as all elements needed site measurement and where possible, rationalisation for production efficiencies. Once the first fix elements were complete, an array of surveys for abutment panels, cladding and flashings were carried out to ensure that the interfacing was perfect.
Running around the ground floor elements, and within the existing railway arches, large glazed screens were installed by others leaving apertures for Colorminium to install doorsets. A steel system was utilised due to the size and nature of usage with stepped edge glass units bonded to the face of the doors giving seamless integration to the surrounding screen. An access strategy was also worked up to ensure that all doorsets were fully functioning with the university’s wider building management strategy.
At stair core locations and circulation areas in the atria space, 120 minute fire-rated curtain walling was installed with quadruple glazed, 80mm thick glass units. These hugely challenging elements made achieving the architectural intent very difficult whilst maintaining the baseline performance. Adjacent steel cladding masked the secondary structure that was put in place and clad in fire-board to maintain performance through the interfacing.
A string of numerous awards since it’s completion, including AJ100 Building of the Year in 2012 and a RIBA award is a fitting testament to the aspirational building. The blend of new and old is very well detailed and brings to life the building for it’s occupants.