2 Arena Central

Client: HSBC
Contractor: Galliford Try
Architect: Make
Sector: Commercial
Project Value: £6.4m
Location: Birmingham

Project Scope:

Aluminium Windows
Aluminium Curtain Wall
Steel Curtain Wall
Aluminium Doors


Main Façade and Atrium Curtain Wall System- Schueco FW60XR and FW80XR Systems including Bomb Blast Enhancement.
2no Main Entrances – Broad Street and Bank Court – Jansen VISS60 SG Curtain Wall and Steel System.
Basement Curtain Walling and Louvres – Schueco FW60+ CW Screens and Glazed in RENSEN Louvre Screens and Doors.
Glazed Doors – Schueco Door System with Automatic OH Door Operators.
Bespoke pressed metal cills, cappings and flashings.

 “NACWL demonstrated an exemplar proactive approach to technical solutions and Operational delivery, whilst maintaining a professional and cooperative way of working. As a team, you have overcome some difficult circumstances, you have successfully supported designers, you have manufactured and installing a bespoke solution that was completed to a high standard and has met all of the Client’s expectations.”

Andrew McGarva
Director – Galliford Try Building


NACWL were employed by Galliford Try to supply and install the curtain walling system and pressed metal fabrications to 13 floors of the HSBC UK headquarters.


The main element of the works consisted of 2 floors of Schueco FW80XR with steel-lined mullions that required lifting into position with the use of the tower crane, whilst adhering to a bespoke and job-specific lift plan. The upper 8 Floors consisted of Schueco FW60XR curtain walling. The frames were assembled on the floor slabs internally and then positioned in place and fixed from mast climbers externally.

The 2 main entrances consisted of Schueco Jansen VISS60 SG. The entrances are set back from the face of the building so the steel curtain wall sections were lifted in with UNIC 295 mini cranes, again working to a bespoke job-specific lift plan. These screens also had large DGUs weighing 770kgs installed within them. They were lifted in working with specialist lifting plant and equipment – cranes, vacuum suckers and running rails.

The main atrium curtain wall screen consisted of Schueco FW60XR installed from mast climbers and fixed to secondary steel tubular trusses at all floor levels with bespoke curved steel brackets. This created an impressive look internally against the backdrop of the feature staircase.