Marks and Spencers

Gemini Park, Warrington

The system was chosen by Darnton EGS Architects for its excellent durability and thermal qualities, combined with the visual modern architectural design required by the client.
Alsecco Airtec innovative Airtec glass system was specified for the refurbishment of the flagship M&S Store at Gemini Park in Warrington. The Airtec glass panels were installed to the building’s vertical ventilated façade sections and balcony soffits, providing a dramatic and sophisticated finish.
The M&S Gemini Park project was a complex re-model and extension of this flagship store. The main entrance was a key part of the new extension area and received a complete façade change with the installation of the Airtec glass system. The high glass curtain walling and specialist finish “timber effect” cladding panels frame the elevation and the café balcony above.
This is the client’s largest store outside London and the design needed to reflect the store’s high-profile image. Our client had specified black glass to give the required overall finished look; Alsecco could offer this particular specification which made their system the natural choice.
- Rory Campbell-Pilling, Darnton EGS Architects
The system also has optimal energy efficiency qualities, which was a major influence in the product selection. It was vital that project design and delivery remained in line with Marks & Spencer’s Plan A, targeted to achieve energy efficient sustainable end results.
Combining the unique qualities of glass with the innovative technology of the ventilated curtain façade, the Airtec glass system is extremely tough and resilient and is held in place by concealed clip-type fixings. This provides a perfect fit and ensures a high-quality, timeless, modern finish.

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