Scottish Power’s new £100m UK base, in Glasgow’s city centre, will accommodate 1,900 more staff when work is completed. The site, previously the home to the former Strathclyde Regional Council, overlooks the M8 motorway and Kingston Bridge and will replace Scottish Power’s current office locations in Falkirk, and Cathcart & Yoker in Glasgow.
Fabric Architecture was approached by a team of Glasgow-based architects appointed by Scottish Power who were struggling to find an adaptable solution for a series of ceiling voids on the ground level of the new 14-storey HQ building.
Other products on the market were either no longer being produced or were very limited in their flexibility. Fabric Architecture’s solution is adaptable to the project-specific needs and is offered at a fraction of the cost. Previous projects, such as Dublin T2 and Heathrow T2B provided the architects with an extra level of confidence to develop the project with the Fab Arch team.
13 large ceiling panels will now form part of the ground floor ceiling system, sitting flush within the plasterboard soffits and lighting up the hallways leading to several banks of lifts and stairwells.
Over several months, Fabric Architecture’s in-house design and engineering team has developed the system with the Architects and Main Contractor Laing O’Rourke, casting proprietary dies and building test rigs with a series of translucent fabrics, in order to achieve the desired lux levels.
The end result will be a slick, lightweight and demountable illuminated ceiling system, delivered on time and well inside the original budget anticipated by the client.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine” Thomas Aquinas