The adaptability and load-bearing strength of Neaco’s metal ventilation grilles were the qualities that led to their specification at the high-profile Brewery Wharf development in Leeds city centre as part of a major phase which includes 26,000 square feet of office space. DLA Architecture used Techdek as a ground-level ventilation grille spanning the front elevation of one of the main office buildings.
“The requirements of the scheme were to provide natural ventilation into the basement to this particular elevation via a grillage set flush with the adjacent pedestrian thoroughfare,” said David Bryan, an associate at DLA Architecture. “The grille therefore had to be robust as it would be exposed to pedestrian traffic, offer the required free ventilation area, and be compatible with the predominantly horizontal emphasis of the designed elevations. Neaco stood out as offering these qualities. We were very pleased with the finished product, which is continuing to perform as required.”
Located on the banks of the River Aire, the mixed-use Brewery Wharf development has transformed over five acres of previously industrial brownfield land. The award-winning scheme comprises 75,000 square feet of office accommodation, 25,000 square feet of bar and restaurant space, 350 apartments and a 248-bedroom hotel all located within extensively landscaped surroundings which includes two pieces of public art.
Neaco’s grilles are suitable for a multitude of other applications, including staging, decking, modesty screens, balustrade infills and roof access walkways. Its modular aluminium components are manufactured off-site and are easy to assemble with no welding required. The systems offer a high architectural aesthetic and are virtually maintenance-free.