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York insurance company aim for Very Good BREEAM rating

A York based insurance company has seen performance systems from the WICONA range employed to help achieve a stylish and sustainable property, including attaining a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

The Hiscox building in York has been constructed by main contractor BAM Construction, with Make Architects in London leading the design team. Glassolutions was the specialist fenestration sub-contractor.

One of the senior architects involved with the project for Make Architects, George Guest, commented: “The client wanted to create much more than an office building, with half of the floor area being given over to creating an atrium, while there is a lot of exposed concrete at the balcony edges and all around the interior – giving impact and creating thermal mass.

“With this project being designed to achieve BREEAM Very Good, making use of passive heating and cooling was very important so we have two and a half elevations of woven brickwork, then the entire triple height north elevation being glazed. The WICONA system behind the third floor terrace, overlooking the city, includes sliding doors giving access to the extensive seating and entertaining space. This has been a very successful project.”

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