Imperial College London

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Service: Architectural Glass
Client: Imperial College London
Sector: Education
Architect: PLP Architecture
Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
Location: London

Imperial College London

The Research and Translation Hub at Imperial College, London forms the centrepiece for the innovation district in White City. The 48,000 sq mt building delivers world class education, research and translation facilities. Planet Architectural Glass were approached by Laing O’Rourke to collaborate with Architects PLP Architecture to design and install a stunning central atrium, linking the laboratory and office spaces.

Our solution

The completed design for the central atrium wholly pushed the boundaries of performance glazing. Planet AG worked with PLP Architecture to ensure the project stayed commercially viable whilst maintaining the desired impressive design. Curved glass, which reached up to 3.4 metres tall on floors 2-6 and a staggering 5 metres tall on the ground floor had to be heat soaked toughened and was up to 25.5mm thick to support the weight. To create the wave illusion, the curves were made up of 2 full height curved panels and a ‘hockey stick’ panel. The glass had to be installed over the 6 floors using the latest installation methods, ‘suspended access cradles’. In addition to the atrium glazing, glass wall cladding was used in the space, to fit with the modern aesthetics of the lobby area.

Project insights

The Research and Translation Hub is run by Imperial College’s ThinkSpace team, a dedicated team that works with entrepreneurs and companies providing them with innovative, high quality workspaces and relocation support. The Hub with have an emphasis on linking research and commerce to benefit society and the global economy. The Hub will be open to corporations and fellow universities, driving innovation through co-location and collaboration, additionally The Hub will provide high specification, multidisciplinary research space for over 1,000 next generation scientists and engineers.

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