Thermally superior, sustainably manufactured windows, doors and curtain walling from CMS Window Systems have been installed in the newly constructed £14m Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Brighton, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for engineers who are pioneering new low carbon combustion engine technology.
The HASSELL designed building is a fitting base for the specialist science-led teaching and research facilities in the field of advanced automotive engineering. It provides new accommodation including laboratories, tutorial rooms, meeting rooms and exhibition spaces – all of which offer capacity for 300 students, along with 35 academic staff and 35 research posts.
Located on the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus, the AEB supports the expansion and enhancement of a partnership between the university and global engineering, consultancy and specialist manufacturer Ricardo. This partnership aims to advance the design and development of novel low-carbon internal combustion systems, with the wider objectives of advancing technological knowledge and supporting the advanced training needs of the next generation of engineers.
Working for main contractor GRAHAM, CMS delivered fenestration for the part two and part three storey building. The thermally broken aluminium windows and doors manufactured and installed by CMS using Metal Technology systems are part of an innovative building design planned to minimise energy use.
The scope of the project involved the fabrication and installation of more than 380 sq. m of curtain walling to suit the client’s vibrant design. Windows with a typical U-value of 1.3 W/m2K, plus doors created using Metal Technology’s System 5-20D Hi+ completed CMS’s involvement in the project.
Stephen Anderson, Aluminium Contracts Director at CMS Window Systems said: “The AEB is an exciting project which is set to play a significant role globally in the development of new engine technology to suit a low carbon future. HASSELL’s design superbly reflects the importance of the pioneering work being undertaken, creating a facility that is designed for optimum energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint, with our windows and doors making a major contribution.”
Significant for Brighton and the region, the AEB was developed with funding by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the University of Brighton, with a further generous contribution of £7m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.