KAWNEER Systems To Help Regenerate Newport
walling, windows and doors from architectural aluminium systems
supplier Kawneer are being used on the striking first phase of the
£50 million redevelopment of the city centre campus of the
University of Wales Newport.
Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling, AA®601 top-hung casement windows, AA®605 thermally broken doors and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors will be installed on all elevations by approved specialist contractor AB Glass for main contractor Wilmott Dixon Construction who are working to an “excellent” BREEAM rating requirement for the £35 million building on the banks of the River Usk next to the city’s new landmark footbridge.
This will initially house the Newport Business School and the design, film and media elements of the Newport School of Art, Media and Design, creating a magnet for cultural activity along the riverfront as well as a centre for enterprise that embraces a contemporary arts centre, extensive exhibition space and a national photographic archive.
The new campus will comprise film and sound studios, facilities for computer games design, forensic computing labs, state-of-the-art design studios, as well as lecture theatres, library information services, study spaces, seminar rooms, restaurant facilities, an academic “'hot-house” for research, and a rooftop conference and boardroom
Designed by BDP architects to be physically transparent and open to the city, rather than enclosed behind high walls, it is due to open in 2010. A collaboration between the university, city council and Newport Unlimited, the urban regeneration company for the city, the new campus is part of a major redevelopment of Newport’s city centre.