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Marlon Clickfix1040 creates colourful façade on iconic Belfast Waterfront

Marlon Clickfix1040 Belfast Waterfront

Marlon Clickfix1040 played a key role in the £29.5million transformation of one of Belfast’s most important civic buildings, Belfast Waterfront, into a world class international conference facility. The highlight of the fully integrated and bold new extension is a semi-transparent and colourful façade. Created using Marlon Clickfix1040 modular polycarbonate panels in a range of tints the façade now forms a dynamic frontage to the River Lagan.

A key design consideration for the new extension was the incorporation of high quality materials to create a building of high architectural quality. Brett Martin’s innovative and thermally efficient glazing system, Marlon Clickfix1040, played a vital role in achieving this aim whilst at the same helping the extension establish its own identity.

The building’s 150m long riverfront façade was wrapped with over 1750m2 of multiwall polycarbonate with many panels approximately 14m in length. 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 adaptable solution and ensured a fast and straightforward installation.

Another key consideration for this project was the colour of the glazing panels, with Brett Martin creating a palate of seven colour samples in a range of tint variations. These were installed at a high level on-site to allow the design team to decide on three completely new colours – petrol, viola and glass green - which were each extruded in two different intensities, creating a graduated flow of colour along the elevation.

Offering high levels of light transmission, the polycarbonate panels provide a naturally diffused daylight.

Central to the Marlon Clickfix1040 system is the lightweight polycarbonate panel with integral interlocking connections that simply click into place forming 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. It has a choice of 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.

Marlon Clickfix1040 provides high-quality natural light, superior thermal insulation and UV protection. In addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength that is inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate sheet products, it is also lightweight and easy to handle.

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