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Gilberts kits out ‘world class’ research facility

  • 15 Mar 2021

The ventilation requirements of a four-storey, ‘winged’ research facility, where internal spaces range from a three-storey high atrium to wet and dry teaching spaces, have been met by Gilberts.

The flexibility of the company’s louvre screens allows them to integrate seamlessly with the façade. They ensure a continuous fresh airflow for the building and its plant, providing the capability to address future needs internally. 

The University of Reading’s new £55m Health & Life Sciences Building incorporates Gilberts WGK75 standard kitform and WHC75 high performance louvres, creating screens up to 49.8m x 2.4m. 

As appropriate, acoustic attenuation and ventilation dampers and access doors have been added to provide the appropriate balancing of external factors that could influence the internal environment.

The building forms part of the University’s £200m capital investment programme. Several buildings across the campus have become one, future-proof Centre that the University claims will be a ‘world class’ research facility – it will comprise of wet and dry research laboratories, teaching spaces, offices, a café and central atrium.

Rob Wardle, Gilberts’ contracts supervisor, commented: “The diversity of internal use, the desire for that space to be future-resilient, and the external design aesthetics meant we had a complex brief to answer.

“The ground floor and some first floor panels, for example, varied from 1.3m wide to 2.3m wide. The fourth floor, where most of the plant is located, required screens that in on one elevation alone were almost 50m x 2.5m, and 15m x 5.5m. The louvre sections on each elevation and the rooftop varied too. 

“It was very detailed, hence why the main contractor Balfour Beatty wanted to use a manufacturer that had the capability and flexibility to fabricate as accurately as possible what was required, and had installers that could be relied upon to deal with precise cutting to suit on site. That complete package approach was just what was needed!”

Contact:

Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
Blackpool,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

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