W&S Buildings, University of Loughborough
The re-cladding and refurbishment of the late 1960’s W & S Buildings is of critical importance to the University. The project requires complex phasing to allow the building to stay in use throughout the three year contract; when complete, it will offer state-of-the art laboratories for chemistry and materials sciences, within a highly prominent complex of buildings at a key gateway location on the West Park campus.
The bold external appearance of the buildings – typical of a late 1960s structural expression – is increasingly tired, and provides an inherently poor thermal envelope.
Phase 1 deals with internal remodelling to W building and associated new build entrances, with future phases rejuvenating the exterior of the building with a significant level of re-cladding. The project is to provide a high-quality external appearance, befitting the prominence of the building itself and of the research it will house. Some areas of the existing elevations will remain exposed: the brickwork to these areas is to be cleaned, repaired and re-pointed as necessary as part of the works, and all windows and doors will be replaced.
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