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Marlon Clickfix Lights Up New Low Carbon HQ

Ben Ainslie

Over 200m2 of Brett Martin Daylight Systems’ Marlon Clickfix1040 glazing panels have been installed at a new multi-million pound HQ in Portsmouth. The building is set to act as a focal point for the design, construction and development of yachts, as well as setting benchmarks for sustainability and construction innovation. Designed by HGP Architects and built by Allied Developments, the stunning 6,874m2 headquarters includes facilities for design work and training, boat building and a public visitor centre with VIP hospitality. Utilising ultra-fast modern methods of construction, that saw fit out start before the build base was complete, it features 432 solar PV panels, utilises 100% renewable electricity and has 15 separate building performance monitoring points.


A key part of the sustainable design was the incorporation of natural light into the building. With this natural resource now seen as crucial in low carbon construction, the project required two clear glazed façades on the south and east elevations. For a glazing system which would not only maximise daylight but also offer exceptional air tightness, durability and UV stability, Marlon Clickfix1040 from Brett Martin proved the most thermally efficient solution and ensured a fast and straightforward installation for specialist contractor T. A. Colbourne.


Specified with glass bead technology to provide diffusion in conjunction with high levels of light transmission, the polycarbonate panels provide a naturally diffused daylight. It also reduces solar glare, ensuring a comfortable interior environment in this landmark building. To further reduce the risk of solar glare, whilst helping the building almost double its thermal performance, a giant fabric wrap envelopes much of the exterior façade. Its translucency still allows natural light into the interior of the building, whilst providing a sail like canvas on to which Land Rover BAR can project graphics.

Tim Bench, Contracts Manager at specialist envelope contractor T.A. Colbourne, commented:  “The installation of Marlon Clickfix onto the south and east elevations will bring natural light into the building whilst helping to create a thermally efficient building envelope in line with the low carbon requirements. The simple installation process meant we completed the elevations in just three weeks.” 

Central to the Marlon Clickfix system is the lightweight polycarbonate panel with integral interlocking connections that simply click into place to form glazed areas of unlimited size and shape. The 40mm structured polycarbonate glazing panel has 10 insulating walls to achieve a U-value of 0.99 W/m²K, for a high performing and thermally efficient glazing solution. The Marlon Clickfix1040 system has a choice of two thermally broken aluminium glazing bar systems depending on the application.  The Marlon Clickfix VF glazing bar system has been specifically developed for vertical installations such as façades, partitioning, rain screens and vertically glazed northlights whilst Marlon Clickfix RL has been designed for use in low pitch rooflights and canopies.  

Also available in a wide range of tints and colours, Marlon Clickfix provides high quality natural light, superior thermal insulation and UV protection. It is also lightweight and easy to handle, in addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength that is inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate sheet products. With the new multi-million pound HQ now complete, Brett Martin Daylight Systems will demonstrate once again that introducing natural light into spaces is central to achieving the required performance of highly sustainable building.

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