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The Deep, Hull, UK

View looking up at nose showing glazing and glass tiles

View on nose of building

View from viewing platform on clamp glazing to nose

The Deep, Hull, during construction

 

The Deep, Sammys Point, Hull, UK


At the confluence of the river Humber and the river Hull in Kingston upon Hull stands the new landmark building, ‘The Deep’, housing Europe’s deepest aquarium.

Inspired by local geology, The Deep’s mixture of cladding materials and finishes makes this visitor centre an interesting and impressive building. The main attraction within the building is the 2.5 million litre ocean aquarium tank complete with underwater lift and 9m deep viewing tunnel, whilst the building’s main feature is it’s glazed caf with an outside viewing platform that cantilevers out over the estuary.

With a solid waterproof sub face of black painted aluminium, a mixture of mill finished aluminium and coloured glass panels were painstakingly arranged to form a rainscreen. This uses hidden fixings and carrier frames with varying joint gaps of 5, 40 and 70mm to show the subface behind and produce different visual effects.

At the nose of the building, laminated glass panels were clipped to the supporting steelwork, whilst elsewhere a MERO ‘Varioclip’ glazing system with an aluminium cap was used to frame the numerous windows and glazed features.

With precast concrete floors, elliptical steel sections and numerous cladding types, this project showcases the far reaching expertise of MERO.

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The Deep, Sammy's Point, Hull
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_ Scope of Works: Package 3250: Glazing – aluminium and steel glazing system with pressure plates/caps to nose, tower, shop, 4th & 3rd floor, windows to West and East, and glazed doors.
Package 3210: Cladding – aluminium and steel subface insulated & vented cladding, and aluminium rainscreen with gutters and roof closures.
Package 2400: Primary steel and Bison floor slabs – all primary steel and precast concrete floor slabs
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_ Cladding Details:

380m of double glazed patent glazing using nine different glass specifications345m coloured glass tiles1370m mill finish aluminium panels290m Laminated Glass Panels to nose110m black painted aluminium sub face to visible ‘Dark Zone’
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_ Steelwork Details: Various plate, CHS, RHS and elliptical mild steel and stainless steel sections.
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_ Year of Completion: 2001
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_ Contract Duration: 17 months
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_ Client: E.M.I.H.
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M_ERO UK Architect: Terry Farrell and Partners
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_ Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
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