BDP, with a network of agencies through the world, chose to clad the facade of its regional headquarters with stainless steel: this material is definitevely synonymous with contemporary architecture and environmental performance.
Completed in 2008, the Manchester base of the Building Design Partnership became the first naturally ventilated office building in the city to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.
The spectacular South façade of the building was finished in Uginox Sand stainless steel. The rolled in semi-reflective surface finish of the stainless steel and heavily insulated build up incorporating narrow vertical apertures were all designed to minimize solar heat gain.
The Uginox Sand surface is produced by an embossing process using pressure and patterned rollers to give an almost granular textured finish to the sheet with a low surface roughness. The vertical standing seams at 600mm centres were specified by the architect to fit with the modular window and ventilation openings and provide a strikingly impressive use of stainless steel in modern architecture design.
*BREEAM : (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s longest established and most widely used method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings. More than 250,000 buildings have been BREEAM certified and over a million are registered for certification – many in the UK and others in more than 50 countries around the world.
The advantages of stainless steel for this building:
> A low reflective surface finish for an optimised heat transfer.
> A permanent and durable matt finish from the installation (no weathering over time).
> A high resistance to corrosion and suitable for the environment of Manchester.
> Tailored widths available to meet with the architects design requirements and site conditions.
> A low thermal expansion coefficient allows the installation of continuous sheet lengths up to 15m.
> Stainless steel can be soldered and folded to perform complex details.