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Stonehenge Visitor Centre

The largest construction project Stonehenge has seen for several millennia was completed in December 2013 with the opening of the prestigious new visitor centre.

The Project

Marking the culmination of over 20 years of planning from English Heritage, the single-storey centre comprises two self-contained pods and a ticket-booth, unified beneath a gently undulating canopy.

Project architects Denton Corker Marshall specified the Kingspan TEK Building System for the exterior walls of the south pod, containing exhibition spaces, the interior walls of the north pod, containing a café and retail space, the ticket booth and an ancillary building.

Product:
Kingspan TEK Building System and Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM
Location:
Wiltshire
Architect:
Denton Corker Marshall
Delivery Partner:
Glosford SIPs
All components of the Kingspan TEK Building System were supplied by delivery partner Glosford SIPs, ensuring far fewer deliveries compared with many traditional construction methods. Its unique proprietary jointing system also ensures minimal air loss, with potential for air leakage levels as good as 1m³/hour/m² at 50 Pa.

728 m² of high performance Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM was also installed on the roof of both pods by Malone Roofing. The product provided a simple, fast-track solution to preventing water ponding without having to integrate a fall into the pod roofs and delivered high levels of thermal performance.
The specification of the Kingspan TEK Building System has been a particularly successful part of the project. The product enabled us to design the buildings with minimum wall thicknesses, while still achieving excellent thermal performance and also allowed the building envelopes to be constructed quickly and efficiently with virtually no site waste.

Angela Dapper - Project Associate, Denton Corker Marshall
The work at Stonehenge was overseen by VINCI Construction UK and included a number of other measures aimed at improving the landscape setting of the World Heritage Site, such as the closure of part of the A344 and the removal of most facilities directly around the stones.
 
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