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KAWNEER HAS DESIGNS ON LONDON'S FIRST OUTLET CENTRE
 
The outlet centre at the heart of Wembley Park features glazing systems from Kawneer. 

Glazing systems from leading architectural aluminium supplier Kawneer were specified for London's first designer outlet centre for a host of reasons.


Kawneer's AA®100 curtain walling and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors were selected by Leslie Jones Architects for the £60million London Designer Outlet at the heart of the 87-acre Wembley Park development.

The first scheme of its kind to be built within the M25, the outlet centre will serve a new community of more than 4,000 homes as well as a wider catchment of 8.4million people. Rated to BREEAM “Excellent”, it provides visitors with 70 outlet stores, 15 restaurants, coffee shops and a nine-screen cinema complex, all over four floors.

Kawneer's zone/mullion-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines and doors were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Drawn Metal on the facades and shop fronts of the 350,000ft2 development which was constructed over two years by main contractor John Sisk & Son for developer Quintain.

Mark Simmons, associate director at Leslie Jones Architecture, said: “We specified the Kawneer systems because they are tried and tested products which we have used on numerous previous schemes and there is good technical backup. 

“They met all the criteria for  London Designer Outlet, being both functional, where used for shopfronts, as well as delivering feature elements such as the glazed 'Prow' of the building. Aluminium's sustainability was also fundamental. The client drives strong environmental responsibility and we support this approach.”

Quintain has already delivered 1.8millionft2 of development including a four-star Hilton hotel, a 600-bedroom student accommodation scheme, 500 homes, the renovation and reorientation of Wembley Arena and significant public realm. Leslie Jones' masterplan capitalises on these improvements, knitting the new-build outlet centre into the fabric of Wembley Park. 

The architecture of London Designer Outlet was conceived to reinforce the visitor experience. The design of the two-level retail mall - with its clear frontages, open walkways and balconied restaurant terrace - maximises views over adjacent landmarks such as the arch of the new National Stadium. 








At its heart, the building incorporates a brickwork plinth defining the open street retail circuit, with a lightweight rainscreen cladding to the cinema enhanced by vertical quilted stainless steel panels carrying colour-changing LED lighting. 

The five-storey glazed 'prow' with a pixelated dichroic pattern overlooks the primary entrance to the two-storey retail gallery and encloses the vertical circulation which takes visitors up through the restaurant level to the cinema and its mezzanine coffee shop. 

The open street shopping environment is partially protected from the elements by ETFE/glazed canopies and overhanging balconies from the restaurant terrace. The destination is further complemented by a 700-space car park and new public realm, which together with seating and planting, provides a clear link to the centre.

ENDS

Photo: London Designer Outlet


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