FEATURED GLASS: COOL-LITE SKN 144 II
Part of the Helix in Newcastle, The Spark is a landmark office space, supporting both established and new businesses looking for an inspiring working environment. It includes both exclusive occupancy accommodation and large, open informal collaboration space.
Arranged over 12 floors, the 106,000 sq ft Grade A office building has been designed from the ground up with the evolving needs of businesses in mind. This is a space that champions collaboration, a space where people, meet, chat, share ideas and challenge each other. A space where innovative new businesses sit side by side with big international brands. Connectivity and sustainability principles add to cutting-edge architecture and state-of-the-art amenities to meet the needs of the modern worker.
The mixed development, which includes co working space and staff amenities, is crowned with a bespoke event / restaurant.
The office space is designed to British Council for Office standards with a ratio of occupancy of one person per 8sqm NIA and to BREEAM Excellent with an EPC rating of A.
The Spark features a fully glazed façade with curtain walling, and red aluminium cladding, both building materials that at 100 per cent recyclable; helping the business to attain the highest sustainability credentials.
The glazing includes Saint-Gobain Glass’ COOL-LITE SKN 144 II, a product designed to offer exceptional solar and thermal performance:
- A very low g-value of 0.23
- Optimum U-value of 1.1W/m2K
- Neutral appearance both in transmission and exterior reflection
- Good levels of natural light transmission
COOL-LITE SKN 144 II can be used to improve the energy efficiency of buildings by considerably reducing overheating and the need for costly air conditioning in summer. It is particularly suited to large areas of glazing where superior, solar control performance is required whilst at the same time noticeably reducing excessive heat loss in cold weather conditions.
- Client Legal and General
- Architect Ryder Architects
- Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine
- Glazed façade Charles Henshaw