StoVentec Glass creates striking appearance for new scientific centre

A major UK centre for health-focused scientific excellence in Hull features a striking interior design created with the use of Sto’s StoVentec Glass system.
A major UK centre for health-focused scientific excellence in Hull features a striking interior design created with the use of Sto’s StoVentec Glass system.

A major new UK centre for health-focused scientific excellence in Hull features a striking interior design created with the use of materials provided by Sto.

RB’s £105 million Science and Innovation Centre has been constructed with the StoVentec Glass system used inside the building.

“This is a genuinely high-tech building, achieving LEED Gold accreditation through the application of renewable energy systems and sustainability initiatives,” explained Toby Ingle of project architects and international design practice at Ryder Architecture.

“It also houses world-class science and research facilities, so it was essential that any construction materials such as the StoVentec Glass system could provide the highest levels of performance and visual appeal.”

Some 675m2 of white StoVentec Glass was installed in a three-story communal area inside the building. This reflects the natural light entering via the roof skylights to create an airy and open environment, while also contrasting visually with the exposed brickwork featured in this area.

The StoVentec Glass panels were supplied in bespoke sizes and shapes to suit the specific requirements of this project. They were installed using Sto’s adjustable sub-construction, which allows the panels to be perfectly aligned to each other, and so creating the visually attractive, large and smooth surfaces.

In addition to being used in the interior of a building, the StoVentec Glass ventilated rainscreen cladding system can also be used externally to provide an effective façade insulation system which keeps the wall dry and allows it to breathe, while also creating a visually striking façade.

StoVentec Glass is supported by full BBA certification (Certificate 10/4792), and carries a wide range of impact and blast test approvals, making the panels ideal for use in external or high-traffic internal locations, including those in Public Safety Zones.

RB’s 13,000m2 Science and Innovation Centre comprises a bespoke laboratory environment (analytical, formulation, microbiology) and 10th scale pilot plant.