Petrochemical landmark HQ

Kawneer’s AA110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines, top-hung casement windows and commercial entrance doors were specified by Michael Laird Architects for the headquarters at Ineos’s 1,700-acre site in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

The steel-frame building on two hectares was built over four floors totalling 6,490m2 by BAM Construction on the site of former industrial buildings. All four elevations feature the Kawneer systems which were installed by specialist sub-contractor CMS Windows after fabrication at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Cumbernauld.

The HQ building, which won an Architectural Excellence Award (Commercial Buildings) in the Scottish Property Awards, includes meeting rooms and conference facilities located on the ground floor and three floors of open-plan office space above.

Michael Laird director Jeremy Scott said: “A feature of the HQ design was the provision of large expanses of glazing to allow light into the office and atrium spaces. The performance of the glazing systems was therefore a key requirement when considering the specific engineering associated with constructing an office building adjacent to the chemical plant. Kawneer glazing provided us with the perfect solution.”