Lakesmere wins international facade award

The Lakesmere Group has been recognised by the International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD) for its impressive facade work on the spectacular National Graphene Institute in Manchester.

The complex contract, which was delivered by Lakesmere North and sister company McMullen Facades, secured the Group the top prize in the facade category of the 2015 IFD Awards. As well as being named the overall winner, Lakesmere was also nominated for its work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail project.The award ceremony was held on the 31st October in Dusseldorf, Germany, as part of the IFD’s annual gala evening.Lakesmere’s award was accepted on behalf of the company by Andrew Turnball, president of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

Commissioned by the University of Manchester and designed by leading architects Jestico + Whiles, the new £61m state of the art research facility will play a pioneering role in the understanding of graphene which is being heralded as the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material. The unusual envelope design of the building includes an ‘inner skin’ that has been created using a metallic silver cladding panel system with Schueco AWS60 window and Schueco FW 50+ structural glazing systems. The glazing systems were designed, engineered, fabricated and installed by McMullen Facades, the Lakesmere Group’s specialist facades division. Wrapping around this inner envelope is a striking polished black stainless steel perforated cladding package which provides a ‘veil’ to unite the two structures and which features a graphical representation of the equations relating to the properties and performance of Graphene.

Lakesmere was appointed to deliver the striking envelope package by main contractor BAM Construction (North West).

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