Aluprof gives light to Hayward Gallery

  • 18 Jun 2020

Aluminium profiles from Aluprof’s MB-SR50 Curtain Wall system feature in the award winning Hayward Gallery, amongst the world’s leading contemporary art galleries.

The gallery opened in summer 1968 but closed in September 2015. Re-opening again in January 2018, the Gallery underwent an extensive two year refurbishment programme. In May of last year, the refurbishment won the prestigious RIBA London Award Awards and RIBA the National Award 2019.

The main focus of the refurbishment was the replacement of 66 glass pyramid rooflights, which were re-engineered to let controlled natural lighting into the upper galleries for the first time.

The refurbishment was made possible by a grant from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations, and Southbank Centre friends supporting the ‘Let The Light In fundraising campaign.’

For the new pyramid construction, the architects chose to use aluminium profiles from Aluprof’s MB-SR50 Curtain Wall system.


The four sided pyramids are glazed on two sides, with laminated low-iron glass and to maintain weathering the square base of the pyramid rooflight, utilised an additional 5° slopped, low-iron, double glazed unit.

The two glazed sides of the pyramid offer sun shading to the lower, 5° sloped glazing whilst still allowing a view of the sky from below through the two open sides of the pyramid.

The 66 new pyramid rooflights replace the original, problematic, heavily leaded, single glazed Georgian glass units.

Early in the buildings life, these dysfunctional original units had been blocked out; but now, with the support of Aluprof, the building retains not only its original design intent but offers high levels of thermal efficiency, thanks to the introduction of double glazing and high performance thermal breaks in the frames design.


With the careful selection of glass, the change in available light, as the sun is obscured by clouds, is minimised, thereby offering a more constant light level in the gallery space below.

Reinstating a now controllable blackout blind below the rooflight offers further flexibility for the use of the gallery space below.

Architects on the project are Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and the redevelopment of the gallery is just part of a wider £35 million upgrade of the Southbank Centre in time for its 50th anniversary.

Of heavy ‘Brutalist Architecture’ design, popular back in the 1960’s, the architect has sympathetically updated the gallery meeting today’s display requirements, but maintaining the original design intent of the period.

Aluprof UK
Unit A5
Altrincham Business Park
Stuart Road
WA14 5GJ

(0044) 161 941 4005

Visit Aluprof's website

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Contour Heating

Contour Anti-Ligature Ventilation Grilles for Young Offender Institutions

It is important anti-ligature ventilation grilles help to provide safe, secure Young Offender Institution cells, explains Contour…

Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC


New leisure centre 'tones up’ with Crown Trade

The refurbishment of a community leisure centre in Wiltshire has been given a paint finish that is more than fit or purpose, thanks to leading paint manufacturer Crown Paints.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Case Studies, Facades, Interiors, Paints, Paints, Coatings & Finishes, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls


Mul-T-Lock kickstarts new year by launching new high security platform

Security specialist Mul-T-Lock has launched the new MTL™500 multi-patented mechanical platform, boasting next-level protection for both residential and commercial environments.

Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Health & Safety, Innovations & New Products, Security and Fire Protection