Technology and Innovation Centre
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Technology and Innovation Centre

  • Client / University of Strathclyde
  • Sector / Education, Technology
  • Architect / BDP
  • Main Contractor / Lend Lease Construction
  • Location / Glasgow
  • Products / Cladding
  • Value / £1.5m
  • Completed / January 2015

Lakesmere’s Glasgow team delivered a complex cladding package for the University of Strathclyde’s new Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC). This new world-class research facility, located in the heart of Glasgow, will play an important role in the development of new technologies in areas such as power and renewable energy, health and manufacturing and forms the hub of Scotland’s International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone, known as ITREZ.

Working once again with architects BDP and alongside main contractor Lend Lease, Lakesmere designed and installed the unusual stone-look rainscreen cladding and structural framing system for the striking triangular building. Housing state of the art research facilities and laboratories alongside lecture theatres and office space, the building was designed to meet the criteria for a BREEAM Excellent rating. Lakesmere helped to achieve this using Econic weathering board and Kingspan black-foiled phenolic insulation board, finished with a CEP secret fix rainscreen system and sunken coloured lights to the soffit areas for a modern look.

The unusual wedge shape of the building, running from north to south, presented additional challenges to the Lakesmere team who, due to the skewed shape of the building, installed the cladding panels in tiers to achieve precise horizontal and vertical lines. The tight site footprint adjacent to George Street in the center of Glasgow, as well as timing some sections of the installation around the Commonwealth Games events, meant that health and safety considerations were paramount.

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