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University of Northampton Innovation Centre

ProjectUniversity of Northampton Innovation Centre
LocationNorthampton
SectorBusiness/Educational
Project value£8.5million
ArchitectBroadway Malyan
Main contractorKier
CAB memberPowdertech (Corby)

SystemSolar shading fins

The striking design of the Innovation Centre incorporates an extensive solar shading system. Vertical solar shading fins on the north, east and west side of the building shade the windows from summer sun and moderate solar gain. During winter they help insulate the glass by acting as a windbreak. On the south side, horizontal fins reduce glare and solar heat gain in summer and allow low winter sunlight to shine through in the colder darker months.
Powdertech(Corby) coated over 1800 individual sections comprising fins, end plates and brackets. The powder coating has excellent gloss retention, resistance to corrosion and UV light.