SACO Hotel Cambridge

SACO Hotel Cambridge

Proteus GL
De Riojke Marsh Morgan

Proteus Facades has helped create an extraordinary internal courtyard at Hyatt Centric hotel in Cambridge through the use of its Proteus GL Back Painted Glass.

Located near the city centre in the new district of Eddington, Hyatt Centric Cambridge, an innovative new 300-plus room hotel is designed to cater for visiting academics and people from the tech sector. It was developed by the University of Cambridge and OCM Luxembourg (SACO Property Group).

The internal courtyard at Hyatt Centric is reminiscent of a Cambridge quad – a landscaped garden that is clearly visible and inviting as a public space. The cladding to the courtyard, formed of Proteus GL Glass, provides a sleek, appealing aesthetic with a touch of reflectance allowing light to reflect and bounce back into the courtyard adding a third dimension to this concealed space.

The effect created by the Proteus GL gives an over-arching impression of a solid mass suspended above a lightweight, with the façade shimmering and reflecting the ‘green and lush’ courtyard, providing guests with a relaxing and open space to enjoy

dRMM Architects chose Colorbel 37 for the Back Painted Glass finish, which is a standard RAL 9003 (mid white) colour. Being coated on the reverse of the glass means that Proteus GL provides a low maintenance, easy to clean façade that will not chip or flake. The coating is applied and then fired into the glass to create a UV stable finish that has supreme mechanical resistance and guaranteed colour stability.

dRMM Architects specified Proteus GL 5mm toughened Heat Soaked Tested (HST) Back Painted glass because the system provided the specific technical fire performance of EN13501 A2-s1,d0 as well as achieving the demanding aesthetic requirements, and being fully tested to the relevant CWCT standards. The Proteus GL panels were installed by Imperial Facades in a landscape arrangement, fixed between windows in a staggered pattern of full length and half width panels. Proteus assisted, Imperial Facades, in achieving a repeatable detail around the support framing and interfaces with fire barriers at window junctions.

dRMM liked the fact that each Proteus GL panel can be individually adjusted – ensuring perfect vertical and horizontal sight lines – and demounted when required. This latter will prove beneficial because it allows access to services behind the panels for future FM requirements.

Sustainability was also an integral part of the design and the project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. This was delivered through a variety of measures including 80% of the roof space having solar panels, which creates some of the hotel’s power, with any leftover fed back to the Grid. Additional energy is 100% green gas and electricity.

The cladding solution from Proteus supported this drive toward sustainability because of its lightweight nature – up to 25% lighter than a typical glass rainscreen system. This made installation relatively easier, which translated through to a lighter weight framing system. Additionally, the relatively slimline profile of Proteus GL panels enabled optimum levels of insulation to be incorporated in the underlying wall construction.

Proteus GL is also available in a range of standard colours, along with bespoke designs through screen printed options that allow images to be generated across a façade. Follow this link to view the full Proteus GL range.