Setting the record straight with new archive centre

Aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has been specified for use on the new West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield.

Architects Broadway Malyan have designed the new home of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, with Bardsey Construction taking control of the build. Fabricator company Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium undertaking the manufacture and installation of the fenestration package.

The upper part of the building features perforated metal cladding, which appears to ‘float’ above the fully glazed lower levels beneath. The design of the ground floor office and exhibition space benefits from the Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain wall system and SPW600 tilt and turn thermally broken aluminium windows.

The building will store over 10 million archive records across three floors and was essential to create an environment that would preserve and protect the historical documents. With the need to comply to the required air tightness targets a key challenge, the specification of Senior’s thermally-enhanced SF52 aluminium curtain walling alongside the low U-values offered by Senior’s aluminium doors and windows helped to provide the perfect solution.