An impressive glass exterior has been lifted into the £60million Student Centre, part of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) flagship Masterplan development.Advertisement
The glass wall, which is the highest single span ‘continuous’ curtain walling system in Europe, is 13.5 metres in height, and nearly 100 metres in length.
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Ian Roberts, project manager of contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, said: “This gives the centre a pleasing aesthetic finish and doesn’t require additional fixings between its whole length.
“The system fits with the overall design, modern but practical as a world-class facility for many years to come.”
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The glazing for the Student Centre was manufactured at the specialist Charles Henshaw company in Scotland before being transported to site and swung in by crane.
Bowmer + Kirkland has been working throughout the pandemic under restrictions of social distancing measures for all employees to continue progress.
The £200million Masterplan development also includes previously completed buildings of two new student spaces, the OASIS multi-faith centre and the £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre on Corporation Street.
Once completed, the development will also create a greener environment on the previous Adelphi roundabout for students, staff and residents to enjoy, with over 300 new trees being planted and a 50,000-strong bee colony on the roof of the Student Centre.
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