Network Rail National Centre Car Parks
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Network Rail National Centre Car Parks

  • Client / Network Rail
  • Sector / Transport & Infrastructure
  • Architect / GMW Architects
  • Main Contractor / BAM Construction (South East)
  • Location / Milton Keynes
  • Products / Cladding, Complex Structures
  • Value / £550k
  • Completed / April 2012

As part of its contract to complete various work at The Quandrant:MK, the new National Centre for UK rail operator Network Rail, Lakesmere completed the design and installation of the external cladding of the two multi-storey car parks. The project is the first example of horizontally laid Kalzip Perforated Façade in the UK.

To provide the car parks with natural light and ventilation and in keeping with the overall sustainable of the scheme, Kalzip Perforated Façade was specified for the cladding of the two car parks but unusually, and for the first time in the UK, the material was installed horizontally instead of vertically. Additionally, the design demanded the use of both curved and straight Kalzip Perforated Façade sheets to be installed in bands per floor to create a non-uniform curved effect. The sheets were supported from a galvanized steel-sub frame, designed and installed by Lakesmere, and off-set from the concrete structure. The use of Sotech TFC cassette rainscreen panels to stair cores and entrances completed the attractive design.

With differing radii to each floor, the striking curved elevation was achieved through careful and meticulous planning at the setting out stage. As this unusual application has already been successfully achieved on projects across Europe, Lakesmere liaised closely with the Kalzip team in Koblenz throughout the contract to overcome the many technical challenges that were presented.

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