McMullen Gets To Work At New ARM HQ

McMullen Gets To Work At New ARM HQ
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McMullen Facades has commenced work on a £9m contract to design, fabricate and install the facade for a new state-of-the-art office development in Cambridge.

Working alongside main contractor Kier Construction, the McMullen team is now on-site at the Peterhouse Technology Park where new headquarters are being developed for global technology company ARM.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg architects, the new building has been planned to achieve a BREEAM sustainability rating of ‘Excellent’ and will connect to ARM’s existing campus via a covered link.

A key feature of the new headquarters building to be delivered by the McMullen team is the projecting bespoke silver anodised aluminium perforated vertical fins.

These reference ARM’s core business of creating processor designs for silicon chips by depicting the underlying technology of integrated circuits, inspired by the crystal lattice structure of silicon.

The building emulates this concept with three levels of crystalline blades. As each blade is revolved one can see Kikuchi bands composed of a pattern that imitates the atomic structure of silicon forming a pattern across the body of the blade.

These will be further complemented by horizontal shelf Brise Soleil solar shading which will be installed to the ground and first floor levels to create a striking six metre high ‘saw tooth’ pattern.

McMullen’s package of works will also include the building’s main facade, comprising some 8000m2 of Schüco FW 60 stick curtain walling system, which will wrap around the steel and concrete structure.

Installed as a vertically capped system, a structurally glazed toggle system will be used horizontally to help provide sleek, slim sightlines and maximise the flow of natural light.

The McMullen team will also design and install the glazed roof lights, double and single banked louvres, aluminium rainscreen cladding and the building’s bolted glass entrance that will include a stylish revolving door.

With work now underway, McMullen will be on-site until spring 2017.

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