Vestas Research & Development Facility
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Vestas Research & Development Facility

  • Client / Vestas Technology UK Ltd
  • Architect / Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Limited
  • Main Contractor / Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Location / Newport, Isle of Wight
  • Products / Building Envelope, Cladding, Glazing, Roofing
  • Value / -
  • Completed / -

The new state of the art Research & Development Facility of Vestas Technology UK Ltd, the global leader in the design and manufacture of wind turbines, has benefitted from an innovative building envelope solution delivered by national specialist contractor Lakesmere.

Located on the banks of the River Medina in Newport on the Isle of Wight, the new facility comprises a large office building, atrium and two large test and prototype workshops and has been created to enable the testing of some of the world’s longest wind turbine blades. Appointed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to complete works on both the office building and adjoining atrium, Lakesmere designed and installed a complex multi-product envelope package featuring energy efficient hybrid aluminium/timber windows and curtain walling system in addition to timber cladding

Designed by Southampton based architect Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Limited, the main office building features an attractive combination of Western Red Cedar Cladding supplied by Vincent Timber and an innovative timber composite curtain walling system from Senior Aluminium Systems. To complete the building envelope, Lakesmere installed a projecting box brise soleil from Par Louvres and a ballasted PermaQuik roof system. The specialists also completed the glazing package for the atrium that features a Schüco curtain walling system.

Key to the project, and in particular the specification of the products that comprise the building envelope, was energy efficiency. To further enhance the environmental performance of the building, automated louvres were installed in the atrium and actuators fitted to the windows by Lakesmere’s supply chain partners Colt International Ltd and SE Controls respectively. Controlled by the Building Management System, both the automated louvres and actuators open and close depending on the temperature and rainfall to provide a more energy efficient alternative to a traditional air conditioning system.

In addition to being tasked with the successful integration and installation of a multi-product envelope package, Lakesmere’s site teams also had to overcome numerous logistical difficulties presented by the project’s close proximity to the banks of the River Medina. As all products were manufactured in mainland UK and therefore had to be transported by ferry to the Isle of Wight, careful consideration also had to be given to the scheduling of deliveries to help minimize frequency and cost.

Owing to the limited access and tight confines around the site perimeter, the Lakesmere team worked closely with main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to devise an effective installation programme that utilised mobile elevated working platforms (MEWP) and scaffolding.

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