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Laidlaw Library

Universities&schools

2016

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Address : Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Contact person : Paul Ruddick
paul.ruddick@wicona.com
- United Kingdom
Project details :

Architects: ADP

The 6,500sqm state-of-the-art learning hub will help the University to provides a major cultural centre to enrich the student experience and the wider community.  It is a new gateway to the University, and its design is a bold and confident statement for the future of the institution. 

The scheme occupies a sensitive location in a conservation area, surrounded by listed buildings including two churches and in a streetscape that has remained almost unchanged in 50 years.

The four-storey library features large, flush picture windows formed using the WICTEC system, providing dramatic, panoramic views across the campus and the cityscape. The WICTEC 50SG structurally glazed system created a flush glass finish and was specially adapted for the project to anchor the solar shading fins.  It also had to meet stringent acoustic requirements and a rating of RwDB38 because of the building’s city centre location and the impact of high traffic levels.  

WICLINE 90SG opening vents were inserted into the curtain walling to naturally ventilate the stair core, and WICSTYLE 75 aluminium doors were used for two entrances on the ground floor and for access to the roof where there are 50,000 bees living in hives.

This is a sustainable building which is constructed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard with low energy passive design and renewable energy generation. There was also robust thermal detailing to the envelope to deliver energy efficiency, as well as a sharp and contemporary appearance that reflects the ambition, vision and values of the University.

 

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Facade systems

WICTEC 50 SG

Stick system based on WICTEC 50 solution in design of an all glass façades Ideal for vertical, sloped glazing and spatial structures Individual design thanks to a wide range of profile geometries for the structural and glazing profiles available in semi-façade design hidden mechanical holder to fix the glazing Uf up to 1.5W/m²K Infill thickness 40mm Reliable glass load transmission (up to 4 kN), with adapted transom-joint technology Silicon joint or with EPDM gasket Parallel-outward opening and outward protecting window in SG solution available
Window systems

WICLINE 90SG

As an attractive complement for curtain walls the integration sash WICLINE 90SG provides efficient ventilation, if requested also fully automated. This all-glass window gives full options as a projecting top-hung sash or as a parallel outward opening sash and can be integrated flush with the glass pane level in WICTEC 50SG structural glazing curtain walling or in stick systems with exterior pressure profiles. For an optimum thermal insulation WICLINE 90SG can be equipped with double or triple glazing. Using standard glass without glass step leads to an economy of cost and improved safety. Technical performance: Profile technology: All-glass sash with slim profile design for maximum transparency and finelined window structures. Construction depth 189 mm, interior width 55 mm ETA granted (European Technical Approval) Infill thickness up to 62 mm For double or triplex glass Technology without step glazing, leading to economy and simpler assembly Complete fittings from WICONA for manual or motor operation Thermal insulation: Uf value until 1.1 W/(m²K) Italian sash application: Sash weight until 180 kg Sash formats (w x h): until 1500 mm x 2500 mm or until 2000 mm x 1700 mm Parallel outward sash application: Sash weight until 200 kg Sash formats (w x h): until 1500 mm x 3000 mm or until 2000 mm x 1500 mm
Door systems

WICSTYLE 75 evo

Technical performance: Profile technology: High insulation multi-chamber system in symmetric design, quality assured thermal insulator connection For single and double leaf hinged doors For inward and outward opening For glass or panels with infill thickness from 6 mm to 60 mm Various threshold profiles with or without thermal break, also barrier free Fanlights, lateral glazings fixed or opening in combination with WICLINE evo window series Thermal insulation: Uf values: from 1.6 to 1.8 W/(m²K), without foam inserts Fittings: Butt hinge Screwed hinge Concealed hinge* Leaf sizes (w x h): 1200 mm x 2520 mm Max. leaf weight: until 200 kg, for bullet resistance with additional hinges until 400 kg Additional designs: Double action doors Integration frame for stick façades Burglar resistance in classes RC1 to RC3 Bullet resistance in class FB4 Leaf overlapping infill on one side or on both sides