When a replacement fenestration programme was proposed for the iconic Falmer House at the University of Sussex, Crittall Windows Ltd was contracted to supply a selection of hot rolled galvanized steel profiles and cold-formed galvanized steel doors for the project.
The building, which houses various University services and the University of Sussex Student Union, was designed by the world-renowned architect Sir Basil Spence in the 1960s. Brick faced with a vault and column structure and extensive glazing, the unusual building is the first to be seen when entering the campus.
The window replacement scheme is part of a multi-million pound venture to upgrade the self-contained site, which was awarded a bronze medal from RIBA for its design and architecture and which enjoys a Grade I listed status for a development of exceptional interest. It is also one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain, being situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton and bordered by the South Downs National Park.
English Heritage-approved, the profiles were the ideal choice for the replacement scheme, with the narrow sightlines minimising any obtrusive mullions and transoms, and allowing the glazing to blend unobtrusively into the existing architecture, enhancing its aesthetic value.
With Phase 1 of the project completed and Phase 2 already under way, Falmer House is being restored to its former glory with the new windows and doors enhancing the original and innovative Spence architectural design.
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