A new 36,000 sq foot office development for Henkel, a global leader in brands and technologies, is bringing together its UK workforce in Hemel Hempstead, into a more comfortable, energy efficient building, which is equipped with an external Solar Shading solution from Levolux.
Completed in August 2014, the three storey building will accommodate more than 200 employees, providing flexible working spaces, conference areas and a restaurant. The building comprises three interconnected blocks, with the main entrance located in the centre.
Designed by Cornish Architects, the building employs a number of energy efficient technologies to maintain a comfortable environment for occupants. Perhaps most striking of these technologies is an external solar shading solution applied to south-facing elevations.
The solution comprised a combination of 400mm and 300mm wide Aerofoil Fins, engineered from extruded aluminium. All Fins are secured to an external steel frame which extends vertically across south-facing elevations and horizontally to form a canopy above the main entrance at roof level.
A total of 66 Aerofoil Fins, each measuring 400mm wide by 105mm thick, have been applied in vertical stacks across 12 bays, each comprising 5 Fins. The Fins are individually fixed back to steelwork using structural end caps, allowing them to free span 7.2 metres.
Set at an angle of 30 degrees and at a pitch of 400mm, these Fins provide optimum shade to the building’s south-facing elevations. This helps to prevent excessive solar heat gain, while maximising daylight levels for occupants.
In contrast, 33 Aerofoil Fins, each measuring 300mm wide by 56mm thick, have been distributed equally across three bays to form a horizontal shading canopy, located centrally at roof level. These Fins, with free spans of up to 4 metres, are secured to a steel frame measuring 6 metres deep and almost 12 metres wide. The Fins are fixed at an angle of 45 degrees to provide effective solar control for the central glazed elevation, which accommodates the building’s main entrance.
The steel support frame, which comprises circular hollow section posts and beams, was engineered by Levolux to accommodate the Fins at their optimum spans. This created an uncompromised solution which delivers the desired level of shading, with a clean, contemporary appearance.
All steelwork and aluminium components are treated with a durable, light grey powder coating for long lasting good looks.
Henkel, which operates worldwide with leading brands including Sellotape, Pritt, Loctite, Schwarzkopf and Right Guard aspires to a “One Henkel” concept. This is reflected by its investment in a new UK headquarters building, with its cool Aerofoil Fins from Levolux. This state-of-the-art development will empower its employees to work better together under one roof.