School of Science, Engineering & Environment, University of Salford
Kingfisher Louvres have taken pride of place on the roof of the new £65m development of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE building) at the University of Salford. Over 200 metres of five-metre high KC120 screening louvres were supplied to our customer, Metclad, to provide a screen for the rooftop plant equipment as well as complementing the aesthetics of this eye-catching building.
The louvre blades were supplied inverted, which means that the plant equipment behind the screen will be shielded when viewed from below. Referred to as ‘line of sight’, this is an essential consideration when designing a plant screen, whereas with weather louvres the orientation will always be the standard downward-facing blades. Kingfisher screening louvres are regularly provided in both downward and inverted settings.
This screen on the SEE building also includes a number of mitred corners which further enhances the continuous appearance of the louvres around the perimeter of the plant equipment. Kingfisher supply fully mitred corners as standard for their louvres, for both internal and external corner applications.
In addition to mitred corners, the Kingfisher door sets also promote the continuous appearance of the louvre system. In total Kingfisher supplied nine door sets for this project, which were installed within the louvre screens, and included at least one door set on each elevation.
This unique design was completed by Sheppard Robson and developed by Morgan Sindall Construction. The four-storey SEE building is a multi-disciplinary hub for teaching, research and industry collaboration, which opened in September 2022. Part of a wider campus masterplan, it includes specialist laboratories, design studios and collaborative spaces and will be home to robotics, built environment, civil engineering, computer science and natural science departments. We think you’ll agree it’s an incredible facility.