Exterior view of CMS Window Systems glasss curtain wall at ORIAM, Heriott Watt University, Edinburgh

CMS installs Metal Technology building envelope for Oriam Sports Centre

  • 19 Sep 2016

CMS Window Systems has completed a £1 million contract at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. The building envelope specialist was appointed to install over 2,000m2 of curtain walling for the external envelope of Oriam, a new world-class sports and exercise facility.

Co-funded by Heriott-Watt University, the Scottish Government, sportscotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, the £33 Oriam Sports Performance Centre will serve as a training ground for Scotland’s top sportsmen and women in a variety of disciplines and provide the university and general public with a sports facility of the highest quality. 

On site development began in March 2015, with CMS contracted to manufacture the curtain walling for the building’s external envelope. To provide an attractive exterior for the building’s envelope and achieve the sound and thermal insulation and impact-resistant requirements, CMS installed Metal Technology’s System 17 curtain walling.

System 17 features a continuous thermal isolator, which maximises thermal efficiency by providing a consistent thermal break throughout the system. The curtain walling also ensures excellent light transmission through a frameless top-hung casement window structure. 

CMS also installed Metal Technology’s Systems 5-20Hi+ Thermal doors to complement the thermal specification of the curtain walling framework. 

Oriam Sports Centre

Designed by architects Reiach and Hall, the Oriam centre was officially opened at the end of August and received praise from a wide range of sources: particularly for its sustainability and versatility.

Stephen Anderson, Aluminium Director of CMS, said: “We are very pleased to have been involved in the Oriam project, which will help to put Edinburgh on the map as a city with truly world-class sporting accommodation.

With a specification chosen to enhance the indoor facilities already on offer, it’s great to think that our glazing has helped to create an environment in which our elite sportsmen and women can flourish.”

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