GLASSOLUTIONS has won the ‘Commercial Project of the Year’ category of the G16 awards for providing a stunning curved glazed façade, windows, doors and roof terrace glazing for The Hiscox Building, York. Its exclusive VS-1 curtain walling system was instrumental in achieving the architect’s vision for the new £19m underwriting and customer experience centre, which is the insurance giant’s largest office outside London.
The VS-1 mullion-only system from GLASSOLUTIONS eliminated the need for horizontal framing members, and enabled Make Architects to achieve the clean viewing lines on the curved atrium screen which formed a key feature of the Hiscox Building. The glazing created a building envelope that is both original and complementary to its surroundings in the heart of the historic city of York.
VS-1’s highly engineered simplicity delivers remarkable aesthetics for architects, developers and building owners. It is the only curtain wall system where the floating glass façade is held away from the mullion without the use of obtrusive bolt fixings or transoms. Its relative simplicity reduces risk of component failure, improves constructability and reduces costs of programme delays in both construction and post-construction phases.
Ian Davy, Group Commercial Director at GLASSOLUTIONS, said: “We’re delighted to have won the Commercial Project of the Year award for our work on the Hiscox Building. Make Architects’ brief was to design a bespoke office which reflects the character of the Hiscox business whilst delivering high-quality contemporary design within York’s rich architectural heritage. We’re delighted that our VS-1 curtain walling system and extensive glazing solutions contributed to the creation of such an iconic building.”
Crucial to the project’s successful delivery was the close working relationship between GLASSOLUTIONS, Make Architects and BAM Construction. GLASSOLUTIONS’ Contracting division worked with its Façade Design & Supply team to deliver an optimum specification. Its expertise in complex and large glazing units was invaluable to maintain supply chain simplicity and cohesion.
GLASSOLUTIONS has previously won G-Awards, in 2014 it was awarded Environmental Initiative of the Year and was crowned Glass Company of the Year in 2012.
This year’s winners were announced at the prestigious G16 Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner which took place on 18th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.