Polycarbonate glazing system specified for Jaguar Land Rover

  • 9 Jul 2015

Project requirements

Reducing the energy needed for lighting and cooling was paramount for both the machinery plant and assembly hall at the Jaguar Land Rover plant.

The new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre is based in Wolverhampton

Considering this, the project required a thermally efficient architectural glazing system, which could minimise energy demand.

The Marlon Clickfix 1040 polycarbonate glazing system was specified: the system can maximise daylight, whilst offering air tightness, fire performance, durability and UV stability.

The glazing system enabled the project’s designer, Arup Architects, to maximise the amount of natural light entering the plant, whilst allowing for the creation of a thermally efficient building envelope.

This has helped the building achieve an Excellent BREEAM rating.

Marlon Clickfix glazing system

With lightweight polycarbonate panels at 40mm thick, the Marlon Clickfix has been designed to offer impact resistance, resilience and structural strength.

Brett Martin Marlon Clickfix panels bring naturally diffused daylighting into the Jaguar Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre

It can also provide a U-value of 0.99 W/m2K for energy efficient buildings.

The Marlon Clickfix 1040 system has a choice of two thermally broken aluminium glazing bar systems; the VF system, which has been specifically developed for vertical installations, such as fa├žades and vertically glazed northlights; and the RL system, which has been developed for use in low pitch roof lights and canopies.

Brett Martin supplied over 10,000 square metres of clear glass effect Marlon Clickfix polycarbonate panels to provide naturally diffused daylighting to the machinery plant and assembly hall.

A further 8000m of Marlon Clickfix VF powder coated aluminium frame profiles were also supplied.

Lightweight design

The Brett Martin Marlon Clickfix interlocking glazing panels clicked together to create the northlights

With a modular design, the system’s interlocking glazing panels clicked together to create the plant’s seamless northlights.

The additional weight of traditional glass north lights on the roof structure was an initial concern.

However, at just 4.3kg/m2, the lightweight nature of the Marlon Clickfix system was found to be the perfect daylighting solution. It eliminated the need for additional roof support structures.

The system also features as vertical glazing at upper levels on the north and south facing walls on both Jaguar Land Rover buildings, allowing optimum daylight to enter each facility.

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