TAKING A VUE IN FARNBOROUGH October 2015
Situated on the edge of the town’s Kingsmead Shopping Centre, The new seven-screen, state-of-the-art multiplex cinema has been designed by Lyons Sleeman Hoare Architects to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.
KPI (a 50/50 joint venture between St. Modwen and Salhia Real Estate Company K.S.C.) is undertaking a £80m redevelopment of Farnborough town centre and has already delivered new residential units, retail, leisure and hotel space, including a new Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, JD Wetherspoons and New Look.
The cinema occupies a prominent position, so special attention was given to its external appearance to create a positive impression to visitors. As a result, Levolux was approached to design, supply and install an unusual screening solution which performs two vital roles.
Firstly it creates an attractive and eye-catching architectural feature that obscures the view of existing unsightly structures and a roof plant area, and secondly, it accommodates key building signage.
Each Fin, which measures 200mm deep by 50mm thick, is arranged vertically and is formed from two extruded pieces. A straight lower portion is topped by a curved aluminium extrusion that helps to screen roof plant and equipment from view, at ground level and from overlooking buildings.
The screening solution creates a distinctive, curved façade that projects outward and upwards. For increased protection, expanded mesh panels have been fitted to the rear of Fins, preventing birds from penetrating the façade, while further obscuring the view of unsightly structures for those passing by.
Aluminium mesh panels are finished in a durable, light grey powder coating, while the Fins have been given a contrasting black and white finish. A black powder coating was applied first with a matt white vinyl covering then applied to the leading edge of each Fin.
To complete the solution, Levolux incorporated special steel brackets into the installation to accept the colourful ‘VUE’ signage that was added later.
The new VUE cinema in Farnborough, with its distinctive screening solution provided by Levolux, was originally planned to open in 2013, but finally opened in May 2015. Its belated arrival has been welcomed by Farnborough residents and nearby restaurants and bars, who hope that it will bring an increase in evening trade.