The Halo Enterprise and Innovation Centre (HEIC) is part of the £63m brownfield urban regeneration project by HALO Urban Regeneration Company of the Hill Street site (formerly occupied by Johnnie Walker Scotch Whiskey). Architects Keppie Design, who recently designed the adjacent Ayrshire College which also features Metal Technology’s aluminium glazing systems, were briefed to provide a transformational design that would have a catalytic effect on the town centre through an improved network of public movement and connections.
HALO aims to provide a blueprint for new low carbon energy sites by building one of the first Scottish sustainable communities powered by renewable energy. The 50,000 square foot, four storey HEIC is an industry-leading, digital, data and cyber training and learning facility, which opened its doors in early 2022. The building was recently awarded Best Commercial Workplace at the 2022 British Council for Offices’ (BCO) Regional Awards.
For main contractor Morrison Construction, fabricator Avtek Ltd Solutions worked with Metal Technology to engineer a solution that would overcome demanding building deflections. The result is a stunning façade using both capped and toggle glazed SP units which work seamlessly together.
Metal Technology systems used on the project were System 17 Capped Curtain Walling with feature projecting caps, System 17 – SP Silicone Pointed Curtain Walling and from our Thermal ranges: System 5-20D Hi+ Doors and System 10-35Hi+ Commercial Doors.
Almost £1.5 million has been invested in high-tech, smart energy equipment at the HEIC, one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly developments. The future-proof centre is filled with cutting edge low carbon technology with over 100 rooftop solar panels, a solar carport and 12 fast-charging electric vehicle chargers. It also features 10 zero emissions e-bikes and chargers, two electric cars, an electric bus and a world-class battery storage facility.