Council for Aluminium in Building

Kirkstall Forge

Project Kirkstall Forge
Location Leeds
Sector Offices
Project Value £40 Million
Architect Cooper Cromar
Main Contractor Wates Construction
Sub-Contractor Glassolutions Contracting
CAB member Saint-Gobain (United Kingdom)
System Wicona Wictec 50SG Aluminium Curtain Walling System with a bronze anodized coating

Kirkstall Forge is a new development and part of a complete overhaul of a former industrial site on the outskirts of Leeds. The developer is looking to transform the location into a thriving mixed-use community that will include offices, homes, shops and restaurants in a picturesque riverside setting. By 2030 the completed 57 acre site will provide a contemporary urban village creating spaces for a new generation to live, work and explore.

The first part of the development was Number One Kirkstall Forge; 110,000sqft of Grade A office space.

The revered project was awarded Best Commercial Project at the RICS Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2018.

The Modernist Kirkstall Forge features a large glazed façade, built using Saint-Gobain Glass’ Cool-lite® Xtreme 70/33 II, triple silver coated glass. With a high light transmission of 70%, this glass maximises daylight and indoor comfort, ensuring the inside office space will be bright and pleasant. Its low solar factor and excellent U-value mean Cool-lite® Xtreme 70/33 II is also energy efficient, as it reduces the need for air conditioning and heating, meaning a reduced overall carbon footprint.

Glassolutions Contracting, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, completed the installation of the façade using an architectural aluminium solution by Wicona. The Wictec 50SG aluminium curtain walling system was used in conjunction with Cool-lite® Xtreme 70/33 II to help realise the aim of the building project to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding score.