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Vitral, now part of VELUX Commercial, manufactured and delivered a number of its bespoke daylight solutions to the intu Metrocentre in Gateshead

Vitral, part of VELUX Commercial, manufactured and delivered several bespoke glazing solutions to the iconic intu Metrocentre in Gateshead as part of multi-million-pound investment programme by the operator. 

intu appointed Edinburgh-based architects, CDA Group, to undertake the re-configuration of the former Mediterranean Village. 

The operator’s brief to the architect was challenging on two counts: the mall had to retain as much of the existing shell construction as possible to deliver cost efficiency, and construction had to be managed to avoid interruption to trade or to public access between the mall areas.

Seeking to maximise the daylighting potential, CDA considered the VELUX Glazing Panels, previously known as Vitral A74 roof glazing, the most appropriate solution as they could be tailored to suit the project. They offered several key benefits, which included their suitability to be self-supporting, thereby reducing the need for additional structure.

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Products used in project

3 x 30° supported, stepped pyramids comprising multiple glazing panels to create varying sizes

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2 x 30° dual pitched solutions comprising 40 glazing panels, varying in width from 700mm through to 900mm

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1 x 30° 2-tier Pyramid rooflight over 20m in length and 6m wide

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Quantity of modules: 120

Internal profiles for all rooflights were finished in a matt white polyester powder-coated finish.

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Graham Watson

Project Director at CDA

intu sought to provide an attractive contemporary environment to meet the heightened expectations of the public and the top catering operators, who were not previously represented at Metrocentre.

Graham Watson

Project Director at CDA

The experts at VELUX Commercial provided technical guidance and drawings for this daylight solution, as well as comprehensive advice on how to successfully incorporate the very stringent requirements for mall glazing, laid down by intu.

VELUX Glazing Panels offer quick installation with increased safety in-mind

The VELUX Glazing Panels, together with core parts of the accessories, are pre-fabricated, thus facilitating a quicker and safer installation on-site.

VELUX Glazing Panels also provide the reassurance that any future roof maintenance and cleaning could be undertaken safely in the knowledge that the rooflights are impact tested as standard to CWCT TN66/67.

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