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Refectory building is a safe place to study

Low smoke zero halogen cable has been used in a state of the art study and learning centre at the University of Manchester. The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is the final stage of an expansion programme at the university., and the entire project has been completed with sustainability in mind.

The project’s architects, Sheppard Robson, specified 20km of Prysmian's Afumex LSX™, which afforded a quick and easy installation of cable.

The Afumex LSX™ range was developed to address the speci?c needs of modern building services. For small power and lighting circuits, Afumex LSX™ has many applications, including cables installed in thin walls and partitions.

Afumex LSX™ is robust in design yet light in weight allowing it to be used where traditionally a bulkier armoured cable would have been installed indoors. This brings about considerable cost savings for the project. The cable’s dressable construction offers a combination of rigidity and ease of bending, which keeps its shape during installation.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons was named in honour of Professor Alan Gilbert, an Australian academic and historian, who was the driving force behind the building.

It is the central hub of the university’s Oxford Road campus connecting both the library and administrative departments. It was designed to give students a focal point for learning boasting some 1000 flexible study spaces. It is hoped this will provide students with a stimulating and comfortable 24/7 environment for study.

The final design was 40% refurbishment – Sheppard Robson opted to retain the existing 1960’s refectory building – and 60% new build. The building takes inspiration from the colours and the geometry of the neighbouring Grade II listed buildings.

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