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Kawneer's curtainwalling and brise soleil will feature on a new academic building.

Work has startedon site on the installation of two types of curtain walling from leading UKmanufacturer Kawneer on Newcastle University's new state-of-the-artteaching and learning building.

 The £40 millionscheme will provide teaching and learning facilities for Sport and ExerciseScience, Human Nutrition and the School of Psychology as well as specialistfacilities for the School of Medical Education.

The Kawneer AA®100and AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling, both of whichare mullion-drained and wrap the complete building, along with Kawneer AA®130brise soleil will be installed over a 10-month period by Polar NE for maincontractor Clugston Construction.

Located alongsidethe recently-completed Park View Student Village on Richardson Road and near tothe existing medical school, the new facility represents the last phase of a£500 million investment in quality facilities which also includes a new sportscentre.

The latestbuilding will house a range of cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities tosupport various academic programmes. Seminar rooms and lecture theatres will beavailable for use by the wider university while the open-access building will alsoinclude specialist spaces and staff offices for the Schools of Psychology andSport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences.

The innovativebuilding has been designed by GSSArchitecture to facilitate integrated researchby promoting collaboration between disciplines through shared encounter spacesand the provision of social breakout areas. Research shows this approach todesign supports the development of cross-disciplinary research and teaching,integrating both the physical and psychological aspects of exercise in relationto health and performance.

Procured using theNorth East Universities Major Capital Projects Framework, which was establishedin 2017, Clugston and GSSArchitecture have been involved in regular engagementsessions with the university and a group of stakeholders from the Faculty ofMedical Sciences to understand the university's requirements and capture theirbrief.

The new facilitieshave been driven by increasing student numbers for undergraduate andpostgraduate programmes and increasingly diverse undergraduate provision.

The building isdue to open in January 2020.




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