Client Ask Real Estates, VITA, Melia Hotels, Sainsburys, Pizza Express,
Architect Simpson Haugh & 5Plus Architects
Contractor Carillion Plc
First St North is a scheme where Bennett Architectural were involved in from early stages and assisted in the development and delivery from cost plan to handover. This gave us the opportunity to optimise the compliance, aesthetics and cost control.
The student accommodation solution provided high levels of natural ventilation using the Kawneer AA541 casement window and blocks of colour within the glazing that complimented the geometric building design.
The hotel design allowed for high levels of acoustic insulation and barrier loadings whilst maintaining the floor to ceiling glass which gives the occupants high levels of natural light and more importantly great views of the city of Manchester. Windows were designed and installed to accommodate live load floor slab deflections while still giving the vertical linear design intent.
The retail units and hotel lobby featured reverse slope glazing which gave the design team some great internal atrium space, solar gain was controlled using metal solar shading blades fitted to the curtain wall as well as high performance neutral glazing units.
The project involved the installation of Kawneer AA100 curtain wall to a large mixed use development comprising a hotel, retail units and multi storey car park, and is adjacent to a new build high rise Student Accommodation building.
The co-ordination and logistics of the project presented many challenges due to the complex nature of the site itself, and a high degree of flexibility was required from our site team. Glazing operations frequently had to be carried out at weekends when the number of trades on site was reduced, ensuring a more efficient and safer installation.