Product / system supply
South East England
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Completed in summer 2011, the Art, Design & Media Centre at Middlesex University has seen much of the University’s teaching and support facilities, which were previously spread over four North London sites, consolidated at Hendon.
Designed by BPR Architects, the new Art, Design and Media Centre provides 15,460m2 of floorspace, arranged over two to five storeys, with cutting edge creative arts facilities for 1600 students and 193 staff at peak times.
Costing £80M overall, it included extensive landscaping and enhanced external space focused on encouraging biodiversity and supporting local wildlife and bird habitat. Designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’, the building uses passive design – its thermal mass and siting, maximisation of daylight, natural ventilation – to reduce CO2 and keep lifetime energy use and maintenance costs to a minimum. Low carbon and low energy features include the use of sustainable and recyclable building materials, solar hot water heating, natural ventilation and night time cooling system, gas fired combined heat and power and sedum ‘living’ roofs.
The material quality and technical precision of the concrete frame are both critical in maximizing the contribution of the building’s thermal mass to its energy–efficiency and ultimate BREEAM rating. Completed in eight months, the contract included construction of a large 7m deep basement and high specification reinforced concrete (RC) frame up to five storeys.
PUDLO provided Galldris personnel with close technical support, from planning and pre-start stage right through to completion and final handover.
Nigel Green, Galldris project manager, said:“PUDLO attended every section of work and signed off each individual concrete pour, ensuring quality control was of the required high standard to avoid water leakage.”
PUDLO inspectors also attended large pours and monitored mixing of the product at the batching plant right through to placing of the concrete.
“The inspection team made sure the required curing was carried out to avoid any stress cracks that might occur,” said Mr Green. He added: “The product eliminates post pour waterproofing details that can be extremely difficult when casting a one-sided structure.”
As well as lining and filling pores, PUDLO additive alters the microstructure of concrete to provide significantly increased factors of both waterproofing and strength. Among others, it reduces water absorption, permeability, drying shrinkage and cracking, and improves dimensional stability and durability, all significant in achieving the thermal mass performance relied on in BPR’s energy-efficient design.