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The Republic






Machester, UK

Project Type

1. Office Buildings

The scheme, which is a critical phase Of the £1.4bn regeneration project in the heart of Manchester, comprises 13-storeys of offices alongside 13,300 sq ft of flexible space, which has been set aside for uses which could include leisure, exhibition space, conferencing, a theatre, or cinema. The building generates floor plates of around 23,300 sq ft at the lower levels tapering to 15,300 sq ft at the highest levels. Also included are nearly 10,000 sq ft of terraces across the upper floors. The building form has been generated out of a response to the bend in the river Medlock. The corresponding chamfers orientate the building towards long views across a newly landscaped 6.5 acre public park.

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Our Contribution:

Our role was to inform the early façade design and touch base as to potentials and limitations of different façade alternatives. In more detail:

• Touch base with the Architectural intent and examine the performance of the currently considered façade configurations.

• Discuss the different considered solar control mechanisms: (1) glass type, (2) glass size, (3) depth of fixed elements (protruded mullions and transoms), (4) glass frit density, and (5) movable shading. Explain their potential benefit on peak solar gains and suggest ways forward to serve both design intentions and performance.

• Map a number of solutions that meet the set solar gains target: briefly report the characteristics of each solution to be discussed with the design group.


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