In good health

Technal has supplied its MX Visible Grid curtain walling, PY 55 doors and FY 65 windows to the Sarah Swift Building, home to the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology at the University of Lincoln.

Named in honour of South Lincolnshire-born Dame Sarah Ann Swift GBE RRC, the founder of the Royal College of Nursing, the new five-storey academic building is said to house a broad range of flexible learning spaces for students and staff. The building also includes the Professional Development Centre, a facility that provides ongoing training for professionals who require skills-based training.

The two separate schools are architecturally divided by a glass atrium which features Technal’s MX Visible Grid curtain walling with multi-shade glass spandrels.

According to Technal, the brief for the specialist building was to create spaces that have the right environmental conditions. One of the highest considerations was to minimise and reduce external noise pollution, and internally, from room to room and from floor to floor. The company says that its MX Visible Grid, through a combination of acoustic glazing, acoustic dampers and ‘clever detailing’ provides a range of solutions.

Technal says that its MX Visible Grid curtain walling also offers design flexibility. Available in a choice of glazing gaskets, it reportedly achieves superior load distribution and is suitable for flat or faceted facades.

Technal’s PY 55 doors and FY 65 windows were also used throughout the building. The PY 55 doors are said to be ideal for high traffic applications and offer ‘exceptional’ levels of security and thermal performance. The doors were also chosen as they meet the requirements of Part Q of the Building Standards, having achieved PAS 24:2016.

The FY 65 windows are the latest innovation in Technal’s window suites and offer advantages in the speed and efficiency of manufacturing.

Steven Henderson, design director at Glasshus, said: “One of the Technal’s main advantages is the versatility of the system, as MX Visible Grid is suitable for most applications. I’m really impressed with the finished look of the building – with the different variants of green in the glass atrium, it has a really stunning and unique outer appearance.”

Jason Pink, construction director at BAM, commented: “We often use Technal products because they are of a high quality and good value for money. We’ve had exceptional feedback from everyone since the project was completed. The building is very impressive both externally and internally.”