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The Spinningfields Pavilion

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The Spinningfields Pavilion

Location: Manchester
Architect: Sheppard Robson Architects
Structural & timber engineer: engenuiti
Main contractor: BAM Construction
Joinery & wood supplier: B&K Structures
CLT & glulam rib panel manufacturer: Stora Enso
Wood species: Austrian spruce and larch

The new pavilion forms the heart of the commercial Spinningfields development in Manchester. The four-level structure was prefabricated using CLT and gulam. The building’s grid system allows the viewer to understand the location of the floor-plates and the columns simply from reading the external frame. A planter support system forms the final layer of the façade, appearing as bands of green running across the building and wrapping over the roof-terrace. The new building sits on ‘The Field’ which is a valuable green space. A key driver for the concept was to form a link between ‘The Field’ and the surrounding commercial buildings which include Manchester’s highest spec office building. The Pavilion’s strongly gridded form and expressed timber structure clad in living greenery does this by offering warmth and variety from the surrounding steel and aluminium context of the corporate workspace.