The Maurice Wilkes Building, gateway to St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge, is a Kawneer landmark.

When it came to specifying architectural glazing systems for a £15 million prominent building on St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge, Kawneer was chosen by Barber Casanovas Ruffles Architects as the preferred aluminium curtain walling system supplier.

The leading UK manufacturer’s AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines and two types of commercial entrance doors - thermally superior AA®720s on all elevations and heavy-duty series 190s for the main entrance – have been used on the Maurice Wilkes Building. The curtain walling “windows” were set out on a 1.5m grid to allow future flexibility to the tenants’ fit-outs.

Barber Casanovas Ruffles said: “Kawneer is one of the preferred specifications for the practice. We specify it because it is tried and tested and a quality product that is value for money.”

The brief from St John’s College, Savills and development partner Turnstone Estates was for a flexible landmark speculative office building. The circa 2.5-acre site straddles two planning authorities and through careful design and negotiation has satisfied all the clients and local authorities requirements.

The 65,000ft2 building has five floors of flexible office accommodation topped by a partially-covered roof terrace.