Location: Manchester

Client: Vital Energi

Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network is an area of central Manchester that was targeted for redevelopment by the local council to provide sustainable, low carbon energy. This was achieved through the incorporation of unique architecture into the structures and presenting the entire scheme as a work of art to prevent the visualisation of an eyesore within the locale.

Utilising System suppliers : Uniquely designed porcelain 3D tiled façade with bespoke engineered anchoring system working with Shackerley holdings group and Darwen Terracotta, Bauder flat roofing systems, Brucha Composite Panels, DJB Louvre systems.
Axis Bespoke in house fabricated aluminium cassette façade, bespoke pagoda feature & many architectural aluminium coping and flashing details.

The objective of the project for the company was to construct the façade on the wall encircling the facility to provide a resilient, tough exterior whilst meeting the precise designs of the architects and achieving the vision for this landmark of the city. On the technical level, the objective was to design and develop an installation methodology and structural attachments to achieve precision tolerances associated with the design of the wall and the interlocking nature of the tiles. If achieved, the ambition was for there to be minimal gaps between the tiles yet for them to be securely anchored to the structural wall behind. This was highly challenging due to the imprecise nature of the tile geometry – a direct consequence of the use of porcelain, their manufacture and subsequent moulding as tiles – and also the robust design required due to the size and weight of the tiles and the exposed nature of the tiles.

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