An urban district gets a new face.

In the course of the multiphase Quartermile project in the centre of Edinburgh, the star architects from Foster and Partners have repeatedly opted for proven GIG quality.

Q2 construction phase

In October 2007, Q2 was completed as the first order for the Quartermile project. The contract was received in May 2006 and by the beginning of November assembly work on-site had already commenced. Of the 6,700m² facade, roughly 3,600m² were completed using unitized facades employing a mixture of glass elements in GIG semi-structural design and so-called “feature panels”. The clients, Gladedale and main contractor McAlpine, were more than satisfied with the work on Q2 as evidenced by the receipt by GIG FASSADEN of orders for two further construction phases. In both cases, negotiations took place exclusively with GIG.

Q16 & Q18 construction phases

This project phase involved the new building of two virtually identical residential buildings in the High Meadows area in the centre of Edinburgh, which are located directly adjacent to the Q2 section. Apartments of this quality and modernity are rarely available in the centre of major European cities and in Edinburgh they are unique, as they are far removed from the traditional style of existing housing and urban apartments. The generous units offer splendid country views of Meadows to the south, or the new Quartermile district to the north, while the larger apartments and penthouses have free views in both directions. The size of the elements and numerous corners posed the biggest challenge with regard to this project. The main types of facade used for the Q16 and Q18 phases consisted of unitized facades with sliding doors, unitized facades with aluminium rainscreen claddings and mullion-transom-constructions including soffits, louvres and glass balustrades.

Q6 construction phase

This project consists of two objects comprised by a main building, which will be used as offices, and the South Pavilion housing business premises.

The main facade types are unitized facades (GIG system), unitized facades with aluminium rainscreen profiles, mullion-transom-construction, aluminium Brise Soleil and aluminium ceiling cladding.

Edinburgh, UK
Sir Robert McAlpine für Gladedale
Foster and Partners