The Facilities Support Building serves two distinct purposes: a testing area where new equipment can be constructed, commissioned and tested, and a handling facility where active components are processed prior to their disposal or recycling. The varied nature of the lab’s work made it essential that these spaces could be easily reconfigured to allow this.
Externally, the building has been set into an earth mound and responds to its location within an area of stunning natural beauty with a design featuring a gently curved roof. To limit lighting energy demand whilst also creating a memorable façade, Oxford Architects needed a cost effective cladding system, combining metal facades with large polycarbonate wall lights in blue variations.
Two different Divisions of the Kingspan Group: Kingspan Light + Air and Kingspan Insulated Panels collaborated closely to provide the client with a high-quality, fully integrated wall system from a single supply point. Kingspan Day-Lite Klick wall lights function both as a double-wall daylight construction and as a decorative rainscreen installed over Benchmark by Kingspan Karrier Panels.
This dual functionality was fundamental to the building’s design as it allowed panels to be installed vertically in lengths up to 14.5 metres, necessary for some stair towers. In many areas the Klick polycarbonate panels run the full height of the building façade, maintaining a clean external appearance. These long lengths presented potential logistical challenges, such as transport difficulties and on site storage. Kingspan Light + Air worked closely with specialist installers, Sky Green, to ensure the products were installed to a clear schedule – maximising installation efficiency.
Kingspan Day-Lite Klick wall lights were supplied in five shades of blue following the design team’s specification. Kingspan supplied samples of the panels to Sky Green, Willmott Dixon and Oxford Architects to ensure their exacting standards were met.