An artist's impression shows a screen featuring the Voronoi mathematical pattern which will be suspended in front of atrium glazing at the University of Bristol Fry Building.

Uckfield firm to reproduce mathematical pattern in 3D to shade university building

Uckfield-based Design and Display Structures has been commissioned to provide solar shading, featuring a mathematical pattern, to a three-storey atrium at the University of Bristol Fry Building.

The structure will reproduce a three-dimensional Voronoi mathematical pattern and be suspended in front of glazing.

It will be manufactured from GRP in modular cell components then shipped and assembled on site in spring 2017.

Steel was the material originally considered for the project but the weight-saving of GRP is said to be significant and will contribute to reducing loads on the background support structures.

D&D were awarded the contract by Balfour Beatty UKCS. The architect is WilkinsonEyre.

• The Fry Building, named after the chocolate-making Fry family whose donations helped establish the university in 1909, is undergoing major renovation and extension to provide a new home for Bristol University’s School of Mathematics.

Read more about the renovation here: Work to create £33 million mathematics building gets under way.

• Read about another Design and Display Structures project here: Uckfield firm helps with new look for Birmingham shopping centre.

• Contact details for Design and Display Structures can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Architectural-themed features, Construction, or GRP manufacturer.

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