Architects: AHR Architects
Metal Builder: Glassolutions
The landmark £11.5m Rochdale Interchange features a highly innovative, energy-efficient and specially-adapted glass and aluminium façade solution from WICONA, and is one of Europe’s first hydroelectric powered transport interchanges.
WICONA’s WICTEC 50SG structurally glazed curtain walling was used as it is sufficiently robust to carry spans of glass up to 3m high, allowing 360° views from inside the concourse. This maximises natural light, helping to reduce the building’s reliance on artificial lighting and energy consumption. The curtain walling was also faceted to follow the curved contours at each end of this striking building.
This was a particularly complex façade project because the interchange is located on a sloping site, resulting in the angle increasing from one mullion to the next, which meant every single pane of glass is different. The scheme also features distinctive stepped and tilted roof plates to reflect the gradient of the site.