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GGP December 2014

Profiles & Systems Higher expectations for higher education ���������������������������������� More entrance door for your money: Hörmann’s ThermoPro Plus ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� UD���������������������������������������������������������� www.hormann.co.uk ref: GGP UD value up to 0.81 W/(m²·K) With the expectations of students said to be ‘ever-increasing’, architects and specifiers are discovering new ways in which to enhance the quality of accommodation for those studying at university or college. This increase in expectations has led to the construction of higher quality dwellings with increasingly innovative designs that incorporate groundbreaking products, including fenestration systems. A number of codes have also been developed over recent years to ensure that student apartments and houses are of an acceptable quality. With the introduction of these codes, including the Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) Code of Practice – and as competition in the industry becomes more robust – improved and luxurious accommodation is becoming more common in the marketplace. This has led to architects specifying the highest quality products for new build projects, one example of which, is the Scape accommodation on Mile End Road in East London. Scape, which is accredited by ANUK and is a member of the Association for Student Residential Accommodation, is located opposite the Queen Mary University and is just 20 minutes away from other leading universities in the capital. Elegant, open and spacious Designed by architect, Jefferson Sheard, the £35 million project consists of three primary blocks, tiered in height. While the majority of the building is student accommodation, teaching facilities occupy the lower and ground floors. Students can also benefit from an on-site gym, games area, private study space and rest areas. The project, overseen by main contractor, H G Construction, includes curtain walling, window and door systems from glazing systems designer and manufacturer, Senior Architectural Systems, installed by Denval Co, to bring a sophisticated, contemporary feel to both the inside and outside of the building. Senior’s thermally broken SPW300 window systems and SPW600 window and door systems were installed, adding a high specification look to the building while also enhancing its environmental and thermal performance – something which many eco-minded students will consider a priority. Thermally enhanced SCW+ curtain walling systems from Senior were installed at Scape, to bring an elegant, open, spacious feel to the accommodation’s residential, social and teaching areas. These high quality systems ensure daylight is maximised inside the accommodation, and that the building is highly insulated. Curtain walling systems were also installed around a central courtyard at Scape, enhancing natural light and offering elegant views of exterior green space. Scape is just one example of a project where the high expectations of


GGP December 2014
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