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Collaboration the key to success at Oxford Science Park project

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A four-storey office and laboratory facility at Oxford Science Park uses high-tech solar control glass. However, Maple still had an very important role to play.

We supplied and installed a bespoke brise soleil system to further protect the interior from direct sunlight. It was an excellent example of collaboration between architect, contractor and supplier to find the most effective solution.

In addition to creating a large aerofoil canopy over the entrance (a striking feature with 500mm solar screening blades), we installed bespoke ‘shadow’ boxes on the side elevations.

Working closely with Bogle Architects and contractors Britplas and Barnwood was only part of the reason for the project’s success. Maple also teamed up with aluminium extrusion experts Vision Profiles to reduce design time and ensure a smooth manufacture process.

In an unusual move, we invested in advanced 3D modelling software and shared it with our supplier. Design drawings were uploaded and detailed fabrication drawings ― all accurately measured ― were output for Vision Profiles to create the extruded aluminium components.

“The use of our 3D modelling software and its compatibility with Vision Profiles’ CNC machining equipment helped reduce design time by 80% for the whole project,” said Maple project director Jay McGrath.

We were also involved in more practical elements of the build, including louvre walls and doors for the plant room.

Subsequently named the Schrödinger Building, the project was completed in spring 2018 and provided the only new Grade A office space available to rent in Oxford.