Aluminium systems rise to Complex task

WICONA’s WICTEC curtain walling, WICLINE 75 windows and WICLINE 65 Evo door were all utilised for The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA), the city’s new exhibition and conference centre which has been tipped to provide a significant boost to the economy and host some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Keppie Architects led the design team for the development, which offers four times the exhibition space of the original venue, with 48,000 square metres of flexible space as well as conference suites and a 12,500-capacity arena. There are also three on-site hotels. 

David Bennie, senior project manager for FGS said, “We were awarded the project on the basis of our past record working with the main contractor and architects. We have previously completed the new Macallan distillery building for Robertson Construction, and worked with Keppie on the Capitol Cinema. Having used WICONA systems on a wide variety of previous contracts we knew the aluminium solutions manufacturer would be able to provide the systems required.

“This was a challenging project, not just because of the scale of the site and limitations when it came to access, but also because of the large areas of raked screens that had to be installed. We installed the WICTEC curtain wall across large areas of the Exhibition and Conference Centre – including the Arena – and were also involved in supplying screens for the subterranean car park, and WICLINE 75 windows for the energy centre, and curtain walling on the new Hilton Hotel.”

The frames have been finished in a RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey semi-gloss colour, inside and out, while the fenestration systems are said to have been designed to withstand local wind loads of almost 2,200 Pascals. 

The design included the use of bespoke 6.5 metre long mullion sections for some screens, while the contract also included the supply and installation of several WICLINE 65 Evo doorsets, used as access doors and emergency escape exits for both the hotel and the Arena.