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Hyde Park Hayes 5, Middlesex

Striking new West London façade reflects needs of today’s digital businesses

GLASSOLUTIONS supplied and installed a modern vertical façade of curtain wall cladding and solar control glazing for the Hyde Park Hayes 5 development in Middlesex.

The 13,880m2 new-build office Hyde Park Hayes 5 forms the most recent addition to the ambitious Hyde Park Hayes business development. Based in West London, just twenty minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport and easily accessible from the M4 and M25, the contemporary office development plays home to cloud storage and web hosting company Rackspace, whose rapid expansion has necessitated further additions to the complex.


Overview

GLASSOLUTIONS’ wealth of commercial and operational expertise as a specialist glazing contractor was the key factor in their being awarded the Hyde Park Hayes 5 contract; the brief was to supply and install a modern vertical façade of curtain wall cladding and glazing for the HPH5 development. The total area of the installation was 6800m2, comprising 4000m2 of glazing and a further 2800m2 of exterior cladding.

Award-winning Manchester-based architects 3D Reid took on the design of the building, with construction services group Kier appointed as the main contractor; all three businesses collaborated closely to promote cohesion throughout the process and ensure that the completed building fit all parties’ briefs from all standpoints. This was particularly important for the north elevation of the building, where the design criteria were extremely specific for the aesthetic desired by the architect. Aesthetic was a leading factor for this high-profile development, which allowed all parties to agree that satisfaction with the finished appearance would be the key driver for the installation.


Products uses

As Hyde Park Hayes 5 is a newly-built development, it was imperative for all glazing to fit the most up-to-date thermal, acoustic and environmental standards. The primary products used for the façade were Schueco FW60+ and FW60+ SG Curtain Walling systems; with a thermal rating of 1.6w/m2k, this configuration provides effective heat loss prevention. Cool-Lite SKN174, heat treated for toughness, was used on the outer to provide solar control inside the building, reducing the need for the use of internal cooling systems and helping to maintain a comfortable internal temperature and acoustics whilst not compromising on light transmission. Glazing also comprised 10mm clear toughened inner glass, heat treated to increase its strength and reduce breakage, with a 16mm argon-filled cavity.

Manufactured to the highest industry specifications by Saint-Gobain, the Cool-Lite SKN174 units were installed by Glassolutions’ own technicians in partnership with the construction of the building envelope by Kier.


Products

Cool-Lite SKN 174

Solar control glass, which blocks up to 59% of solar heat by reflecting it to the outside

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