CMS Window Systems has completed a glazing and façade contract for Glasgow’s new state of the art medical facility dedicated to developing and applying advanced imaging technologies to aid our understanding and treatment of a range of diseases.
Designed by BAM Construction and BMJ Architects, the Imaging Centre of Excellence (Project ICE) is a £16m building located at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which will house the UK’s first 7 Tesla clinical MRI scanner, together with supporting research facilities for University of Glasgow and Collaborative Industry Partners.
The facility is designed to promote collaboration between the university, industry and the NHS to provide world-leading clinical academic expertise in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging. It offers greatly enhanced medical imaging technology and forms a core part of the new Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).
Project ICE is the third façade glazing project that CMS has delivered for BAM Construction at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, which is one of Scotland’s largest healthcare developments in decades. In 2015 the company was appointed to provide façade glazing for the hospital’s new Teaching and Learning Facility, within which Project ICE sits, along with a large office building that provides the hospital’s high quality administrative accommodation.
The ICE building’s eye-catching design features rectangular panels of GKD CreativeWEAVE Lago architectural mesh which provides aesthetic and functional benefits, including sun protection with an improved energy balance and wind and rain filtering. This Brise Soleil was designed, manufactured and installed by CMS as part of the comprehensive external envelope contract and is fixed to the façade structure. CMS fabricated and installed 1700m2 of curtain walling using the thermally broken Metal Technology System 17 SP and a variety of Metal Technology system doors. The final part of the contract involved the installation of the building’s rain screen cladding. Proteus rain screen cladding was chosen for its perfectly flat anodised finish creating a visually stunning solution which is lightweight yet also strong and safe offering superb protection for the structure.
Stephen Anderson, Director of CMS’s Aluminium Division says: “We’re delighted to have played our part in creating the ICE building, given its significance nationally and globally as a medical research and development centre of excellence. With three projects now completed on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital complex, as a major employer based near Glasgow it is extremely pleasing to think that we have contributed to improving healthcare in our region.”