Architecturally acclaimed project

Bretton Architectural is celebrating 25 years of working with Hydro Group and its Technal systems through its involvement on Phase II of an architecturally acclaimed student accommodation development in Liverpool.

Constructed within the Mossley Hill Conservation Area, the parkland surrounding the University of Liverpool’s Greenbank student residences was gifted to the university by the Rathbone family in 1939; still offering a unique environment today. The designs by Shepard Robson for the new buildings, including the use of MX curtain walling and other Technal systems, respond sympathetically to the verdant setting.

The main contractor for the scheme, which is due for completion soon, is the University of Liverpool Construction Company Special Projects (ULCCO SP), while – following on from successfully completing Phase I – north west based Bretton Architectural is supplying Technal products for Phase II.

Its package includes the design, manufacture and installation of 2,000m2 of MX curtain wall, FY65 windows and PY doors, all offering high thermal performance and finished in a polyester powder coat.

MD of Bretton Architectural, Peter Igoe, said: “ULCCO SP has proved a very good, very professional client to work for, while education projects like this, hospitals and other public sector buildings form a major part of the work we do across north Wales and the north west of England. Bretton Architectural was set up in 1993 and we have used Technal systems since the very beginning; enjoying excellent cooperation and support from the company.”

The design manager for ULCCO SP, Thomas Alexander, said: “One of the key features we agreed on Greenbank was for all of the curtain walling and windows to be procured ahead of time – to be stored at Bretton’s premises – rather than relying on ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing. This has not only avoided the sort of delays that had caused problems for schemes historically, but also avoided storing sections and glass on site; having loads of lay-down areas.

“This helps keep the site clean and safe and is a procedure we would probably use again. With the university having a 20-year masterplan, there is the prospect of further cooperation in the future.”