Many cities throughout the UK have seen a proliferation of high spec student accommodation and Metal Technology’s range has proved extremely popular for such applications. In Belfast 123 York Street, with its varied and complex façade interfaces between cladding and glazing showcases Metal Technology’s latest architectural glazing technology.
The front entrance screen utilises a 230mm mullion construction which enabled the main entrance to be free of visual structural steel, a key element of the design as specified by project architect Gavin Sloan of RMI and the building has been awarded Belfast Telegraph’s “Commercial Development of the Year”. This commanding entrance was achieved using Metal Technology’s System 17 curtain walling and System 5-20DHi+ Heavy Duty Doors. The project also used the performance and operational benefits of System 5-35Hi+ Tilt & Turn Windows using perimeter locking combined with ventilation benefits, System 10 Automatic Sliding Doors and System 26Hi+ Bi-Fold Doors.
The area around the new University of Ulster campus in York Street, in Belfast City centre is being transformed with new campus buildings rising up to 16 storeys which is redefining the skyline. The 12 storey 407 bed managed student accommodation scheme, on a site adjacent to the expanding campus is welcoming many of the 11,000 students relocating to the city centre.
123 York Street was conceived to offer students an opportunity to define their experience by choosing their own path from tenancy length and room option to student-led events and career advice and the building’s sharp architectural form has clear design integrity in this maturing cityscape.
All Metal Technology’s systems are designed to perform seamlessly together to deliver the desired aesthetic and performance standards. Used individually or together, they offer complete design flexibility for creative expression with the assurance of value engineered structural, weather and security performance.