Gilberts helps deliver world-class technology without drama

  • 17 Aug 2020

Delivery of a key, complex element of a core services building for a world-class centre with minimum fuss has laid the foundation for a long-term working relationship, Gilberts explain…

The trust has been established between the team at Rydon Construction and Gilberts, for the National Composites Centre, that saw bespoke solutions pioneered to protect the quality and validity of build.

Neil Spurway, Rydon project manager, commented: “It’s the first time I personally have worked with Gilberts; I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

“They delivered a complex project efficiently, cleanly and, bearing in mind the complexity of the job, without a huge song and

Rydon turned to Gilberts to design and manufacture the ventilation louvres for part of the National Composites Centre – the UK’s world-leading composite research and development facility that collaborates with customers from all sectors to solve the most complex
engineering challenges.

The louvres were needed to allow optimum ventilation with appropriate levels of weather protection int the building which will accommodate workshops, office and plant including huge compressor units. However, any penetration of the building cladding system would
have invalidated warranty.

Gilberts worked closely with Rydon to design out that problem, by developing a bespoke fixing system for the louvres that secured the banks direct to the building structural steelwork with special angled cleats.

A further complexity to the project was the size and shape of the WGK75 louvre banks. Panel lengths up to 7.5m long and 5.7m high with standard performance louvre blades fixed at 75mm pitch varying in length between 1.4m – 2.3m were manufactured, supplied and installed by Gilberts.

Over 200 mullions, plus mitring of all blade sections on the abutting corners, were needed to create the 310m+ long screen along two facades at high level.

Gilberts also supplied and installed a series of removable panels and three separate louvre double doors at low level to facilitate access.

John Hanger, Gilberts Area Sales Manager, commented: “The National Composites Centre demonstrates beautifully the expertise Gilberts can bring to ensure a successful, smooth project delivery. Our skill results from our family being a strong team with expertise in all elements – design, manufacture, and installation.”


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