Refurb Projects October 2020

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CONTENTS

Vol. 32 No 201. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020

SPECIAL FEATURES

5 Glass & Glazing

6-7 Social Housing

8-9 Education Infrastructure

10-11 Heating & Ventilation

14-15 Cladding

16 Insulation

A former tram station in Bristol has become the first

building in the UK to benefit from large scale R32 air

conditioning.

Page: 11

20-21 Fire Safety

23-31 Projects

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N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S

Sustainably improving Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

“Sustainability, safety and strength were key for us when carrying out the remedial works at the Globe Theatre,”

says Deborah McGhee, head of building operations at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The Globe Theatre stands in the

London Borough of

Southwark, boasting an

affluent history, with the

current structure being the third to

stand on the site.

Originally constructed in 1599,

the first structure was destroyed by

fire in 1613. The second structure

was built following the blaze but

was subsequently demolished in

1644 after the closure of all

theatres. This left the site empty

until 1997, when the third, and

current, Globe Theatre was

constructed.

The current structure is around

STO creates balanced acoustics

for high profile building

AStoSilent Distance acoustic

system has been used to

create a balanced and

practical acoustic environment for a

major London landmark building.

Originally built to house the

Financial Times newspaper, Bracken

House was the first in England, and

the second post-war building, to

receive listed status. The premises

have recently been extensively

refurbished in a project designed to

bring together the two original

sections of the building, while

preserving the original style and

character. This involved the

installation of the StoSilent Distance

acoustic system in the atrium area,

to create an environment that

functions efficiently from an

acoustic perspective, while also

blending seamlessly with the area’s

new, updated appearance.

3,000ft in circumference and

includes approximately 250 tonnes

of lime mortar. It was built using

traditional materials and techniques,

notably featuring the first thatched

roof in London since 1666.

A need for improvement

As part of general maintenance

of the theatre, and to ensure the

building was safe and could stand

the test of time, an on-site survey of

the lime plasterwork at The Globe

was required. With around 2,000

individual lime panels, of various

shapes and sizes, the job was a

challenging one.

Artisan Plastercraft, a plaster

The atrium was opened up, with

walls removed on each side to create

a more streamlined space. The

inclusion of large areas of glass

demanded the use of an acoustic

design which would allow the

atrium area to meet the various

challenges of modern-day buildings

for sound attenuation/reverberation

and increased speech clarity, despite

the large volume of ambient noise

that would be generated.

The StoSilent Distance suspended

ceiling installation was completed

with the two-part, hand-troweled

StoSilent Top system, which consists

of a StoSilent basic basecoat and

StoSilent top finish. This is a soundpermeable

finish which produces an

ultrafine surface with a slight crystal

shimmer.

www.sto.co.uk

restoration and conservation

specialist, was commissioned to

conduct the inspections and make

recommendations as to the remedial

works needed.

Selecting suitable, sustainable

methods

Artisan Plastercraft conducted a

full survey of the building in August

2019, which involved inspecting

each wall panel and assessing and

documenting its condition. 135

defective panels were identified,

which all needed to be removed and

replaced.

“To us, it was important that

traditional and sustainable building

methods were used throughout the

remedial works,” says Deborah.

“We had used Lime Green’s

products previously, and continue to

work closely with the company to

ensure we have access to the highest

quality and most suitable materials

for any given job,” says Russell

Brewis, head of marketing at Artisan

Plastercraft.

Artisan Plastercraft provided a

selection of materials for the team

at the Globe Theatre to choose from,

with Lime Green’s Ultra and Lux

being selected for use.

The repair method required

Artisan’s craftspeople to selectively

remove the old, defective lime

plaster and laths from panels, then

apply lime plaster as a three-coat

system over new, hand riven laths,

with a Tallow lime wash to finish.

“After visiting Lime Green’s site

and seeing how it operates, we were

more than happy to use their

materials for the remedial works. It

is a very impressive facility,” says

Deborah.

Phase one of the repair work

began in March 2020, with work

being carried out on the external

and internal staircases and walkways

of the North Tower and East Tower.

Following this, phase two

commenced in July 2020, with

repairs being conducted on the

building’s external sides.

Under ordinary circumstances,

the Globe Theatre is incredibly busy,

as it is open 364 days per year. This

makes it difficult to carry out any

construction work during the day.

For lime plaster in particular, this

was a challenge, as it needs the

correct temperature and the right

conditions to be applied effectively.

COVID has laid the path to allow

remedial work to be carried out

more quickly and more in-depth

analysis to be conducted, with the

theatre being closed for a significant

period of time.

“We wanted to use a product

which is traditional, yet

environmentally friendly, and really

stands the test of time. Lime Green

Ultra achieves exactly that,” says

Deborah.

The Globe Theatre’s location, on

the bank of the Thames, means the

building is subject to a lot of

movement. Lime’s flexibility allows

for this movement, and its rigidity

provides protection against

weathering.

“Working with the Artisan team

and Deborah at the Globe Theatre is

a real pleasure. It’s great to be

involved in a project with people

who share the same beliefs as we do

around the importance of

sustainable, traditional building

methods,” says Simon Ayres, cofounder

and managing director at

Lime Green Products Ltd.

“We were really happy with the

workability of Lime Green’s products.

The pre-mixed bags are quick and

easy to work with,” says Russell.

“Thanks to the durability and

longevity of the products, a high

level of insulation can be

maintained for years to come.

For more information on the

products used within this project,

visit www.lime-green.co.uk or call

01952 728611. Additionally, visit

www.artisanplastercraft.com or call

01959 571135.

4 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


Selectaglaze secondary glazing helps

regenerate a disused South London Pub

GLASS & GLAZING

The Grade II Listed Fellowship

Inn was a semi derelict pub

that has recently been

repurposed as a new cultural

centre for the local community and

beyond. Selectaglaze assisted the

refurbishment with its secondary

glazing to address the requirement

for noise insulation.

The space relaunched in June

2019 as the ‘Fellowship and Star’

and functions as a pub,

microbrewery, cinema, theatre and

comedy venue, music hub and

rehearsal area. The pub is also home

to charity ‘Lewisham Music’, which

provides after-school instrument

tuition and rehearsals for the

Borough’s schools on the first floor.

Given the vital repairs and

conservation works the site was to

undergo, it was necessary to improve

the acoustic efficiency of the

original crittal single glazed

windows which could not be

removed due to conservation

restrictions.

Architect Thomas Ford and main

contractor Ash Constructing

contacted Selectaglaze, as an

essential element of the works was

to ensure a reduction of noise

ingress and breakout from the

building. High level insulation was

required to create an undisturbed

optimal movie experience for film

goers and to ensure student’s

concentration levels during music

lessons in Lewisham Music’s upper

floors were not compromised by the

busy thoroughfare on Randlesdown

Road.

Selectaglaze installed a total of

32 units across all four floors of the

Inn. The majority of the openings

were fitted with Series 15 horizontal

sliders, which is a mid-range

horizontal sliding system with more

robust but still slender framing

sections allowing discreet treatments

of larger windows. It can support

thicker glass when higher levels of

noise insulation are needed.

The original curved windows in

the cinema were treated

sympathetically, utilising

Selectaglaze’s Series 15 units,

combined with Series 40 curved

fixed light units. The Series 40 fixed

light lends itself well to shaping and

curving, so these were formed to

create the top portion of the

windows and then transom coupled

to the Series 15, which created

access to the primary windows for

ventilation and maintenance.

Near to an external staircase

serving as a fire escape, Series 40

fixed lights offering 30 mins fire

integrity were installed to protect

the route in the case of an

emergency.

Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant

Holder Selectaglaze is the

acknowledged specialist and market

leader in the design, manufacture

and installation of secondary

window systems.

Tel: 01727 837271

enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk

www.selectaglaze.co.uk

REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS, OCTOBER 2020 5


SOCIAL HOUSING

Planning granted for over 100 homes in Nottingham

Nottingham City Homes, on

behalf of Nottingham City

Council has been given

planning permission to

build 131 council homes in

Bestwood.

The homes, which consist of two

and three bedroom houses,

bungalows and flats, which are all in

high demand from local families in

the Bestwood area, will be built on

land off Beckhampton Road,

The site used to be a playing

field for the former Padstow School,

which closed more than a decade

ago, but after consulting with Sports

England, the field is no longer

required for its former use and has

been released for housing. However,

around 50% of the site will be kept

and improved for publically

accessible green open space.

These homes will be owned by

Nottingham City Council and

managed by Nottingham City Homes

and will be let to Nottingham

people on the council house waiting

list at affordable rents.

The next steps are to appoint a

construction contractor and the aim

is to start on site by early next year.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at

Nottingham City Homes, said: “The

Beckhampton development gives us

a great opportunity to provide much

needed council homes for local

people in Bestwood, and we look

forward to creating safe, warm and

modern homes for the area.

“NCH has already built over 600

homes across the city for

Nottingham people, but there is a

real need for new social housing in

Bestwood. We also have plans in

place to transform the green and

open space as part of the

development which the whole

community can enjoy.”

Councillor Linda Woodings,

Portfolio Holder for Planning,

Housing and Heritage at

Nottingham City Council, said: "We

are committed to investing in

council housing across the city and

these homes in Bestwood will go

towards our commitment to build or

buy 1,000 council and social homes

for rent by 2023.

“We have worked with

Nottingham City Homes to deliver

hundreds of homes already and we

will continue to invest in council

housing, transforming sites across

the city and creating much needed

affordable housing for local people

waiting for a home.”

lisa.allison@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

6 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


SOCIAL HOUSING

Kingspan Chosen for Affordable Housing Scheme

Leading housing provider

Stonewater is taking full

advantage of the excellent

thermal efficiency of Kingspan

Kooltherm K108 Cavity Board at its

new affordable housing

development The Bushels, in

Mosterton, Dorset, creating homes

that are cosy and cost-effective to

heat.

Designed by main contractors

Acheson Construction, in

collaboration with Boon Brown

Architects, The Bushels offers 36,

much needed, one – four bedroomed

homes to the village. It has been

carefully designed to fit seamlessly

within the local architectural style,

including the use of natural slate

tiles, brick and reconstructed stone

cladding.

In addition to ensuring the

homes were priced reasonably, the

project team were also keen to

ensure the homes were energy

efficient and would support the

health and wellbeing of its residents.

This farsighted approach led to the

specification of Kingspan Kooltherm

K108 within the homes.

With a thermal conductivity of

just 0.018 W/mK, the cavity board is

able to achieve compliant external

wall U-values with an insulation

depth of just 75 mm. The board’s

reflective, low emissivity foil facing

also increases the thermal resistance

of the cavity, helping to retain heat

during cooler months and reflect

away solar radiation in the summer

to guard against overheating.

As a result of the excellent

thermal performance achieved by

the cavity board, this has enabled

Acheson Construction to keep

external wall construction depths to

a minimum and maximised living

space in all the homes. In addition

to this, the window reveal depths

have also been kept slimmer helping

to increase natural levels within the

homes, which would not have been

possible with a lower performing

insulant.

Patrick Chauvin, Executive

Director of Assets at Stonewater,

commented:

“Mosterton sits within one of the

most expensive rural areas in the

country. As part of our mission of

giving everyone the opportunity to

have a place that they can call

home, we also want to make sure

that we are employing energy

efficient and innovative solutions

where possible across our schemes.

By using technology like Kingspan’s

not only are we able to reduce the

carbon emissions emitted from our

homes but it also makes it cost

effective for our customers. Given

that affordability is a main concern

for areas like Mosterton, affordable

homes like ours make it possible for

local people and young families to

remain in the community and close

to their families, but also be proud

of where they live and the place

they call home.”

Under the NHBC and Zurich

Building Insurance Technical

Standards, the partial fill cavity

board is acceptable for locations

which will be exposed to very severe

driven rain with a residual cavity

width of 50 mm providing the outer

leaf is fair faced masonry with tool

flush joints. In more sheltered areas,

this can be reduced to a minimum

of 25 mm for wall heights under 12

metres.

Kingspan Kooltherm K108

produced at Kingspan Insulation’s

Pembridge manufacturing facility is

certified to BES 6001 (Framework

Standard for the Responsible

Sourcing of Construction Products)

‘Excellent’. The BRE has assigned the

product a 2008 Green Guide

Summary Rating of A+.

info@kingspaninsulation.co.uk

www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk

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EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Gregory completes £30m+ student

development in Leeds

Gregory Property Group has

announced the completion

of The Refinery, a new £30

million plus, 407-bed

student residential development on

the edge of Leeds city centre. A

ceremony took place this week to

formally handover the scheme to

Fresh Property Management which is

operating the site on behalf of

investor Curlew Alternative Asset

Management.

Despite many challenges posed

by the current Pandemic, Leeds

established contractor GMI

Construction managed to complete

the works on time for the start of

the Autumn term.

The Refinery is located on a

prominent site in Bingley Street,

close to Kirkstall Road, a gateway to

Image shows Andrew Foggitt, Director at Gregory Property Group in the foreground. Left to right: Harley Marshall, General

Manager for Fresh, Martin Watson Construction Director at GMI Group, Lee Powell, Divisional Managing Director at GMI

Group, Manisa Mistry, Associate at AHR Architects, and Jim Sanghera, Regional Director at AHR Architects.

Leeds city centre, and was formerly

occupied for more than three

decades by Maxi’s restaurant as the

first purpose built Chinese

restaurant in the UK.

The 9, 10 and 11-storey scheme,

designed by award winning AHR

Architects, comprises studios and

bedroom clusters with terrace and

garden features. Facilities include

shared social hubs, a cinema, gym,

games room, concierge and state-ofthe-art

24-hour security.

Barry Gregory, Chairman of

Gregory Property Group said,

“We are delighted to deliver this

project on time for our forward

funders, Curlew and to enable Fresh

to prepare for the Autumn term

intake. We are very grateful to the

team at GMI in manging to

complete the project under near

impossible conditions through the

Pandemic. The team’s dedication and

determination to succeed was

evident in abundance.”

“Leeds is a top twenty university

destination in England with a

student population of around 60,000

students that continues to grow. We

are pleased to contribute to the

high-quality housing needs in the

city.”

Nick Woolcott, Head of Project

Management at Curlew said,

“We are very pleased to see The

Refinery reach timely completion

despite the unprecedented

challenges faced over the last six

months and credit must go to

Gregory Property Group, GMI

Construction and the rest of the

delivery team. This development

provides state of the art

accommodation and is an excellent

addition to our portfolio of student

facilities across the United

Kingdom.”

Cushman & Wakefield’s

Manchester office and Michael

Leonard of Carisbrooke Estates acted

on behalf of Gregory Property Group

in the acquisition of the site and

forward funding. Montagu Evans

represented Curlew.

Gregory Property Group is a long

established, local developer

responsible for a number of

landmark developments in central

Leeds including three office schemes

known as Springfield House

Wellington Street, Belgrave Court

Merrion Centre and Whitehall II.

The Group also delivered the award

winning £40 million Broad Street

Plaza mixed use scheme in Halifax

during difficult financial times.

@Gregory_Group

8 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE

First class honours for Urban Village Capital on completion

of stylish student accommodation in Coventry

West Midlands-based

Urban Village Capital

has raised the bar for

university

accommodation after achieving a

first-class transformation of a

former Coventry office block.

Ringway House has undergone a

£15m renovation and features a mix

of studio units and a range of

bedroom apartments that will

accommodate four to seven

students.

The 94-bed property, which will

be the envy of the city’s large

student population, is available to

house students from this September.

Ringway House, located near the

city’s Belgrade Plaza complex and

major transport links, will help meet

the increased demand for highquality

student accommodation in

the dynamic university city, which is

home to both the University of

Warwick and Coventry University.

Coventry has witnessed

increasing student numbers over the

years and is ranked the fifth best

city in the UK by website Fresh

Student Living. Coventry’s profile is

set to increase as it prepares to be

the UK’s 2021 City of Culture.

These factors make the city a

highly-desirable location for

students both from the UK and

overseas – 42 per cent of students in

the city are from abroad – further

increasing the demand for quality

student residences.

Urban Village Capital’s Ringway

House more than meets the

requirements of today’s modern

students. The mix of studios and

apartments feature high-speed

internet, and are completed to a

high-spec and stylish finishing.

Students will also have use of a

communal gym, games room, study

areas and laundry.

It also comes with a communal

courtyard, cycle storage, parking –

which includes electric charging

points, and on-site staff. The

refurbishment has also seen a new

lift and the installation of acoustic

glazing to reduce noise.

The Ringway House development

will provide hassle-free student

living and is managed by Homes For

Students - one of the UK’s leading

student accommodation operators.

The practical completion of the

project has continued to maintain

Urban Village Capital’s reputation

for taking tired, unloved buildings

and revitalising them into stunning

living spaces.

Nick Sellman, chief executive at

Urban Village Group, said: “Today’s

students are in search of

accommodation that is safe,

affordable, comfortable and meets

their needs.

“Ringway House definitely

delivers all this. We have looked at

what students want and created

some amazing living and communal

spaces so they can learn and live

and really enjoy their time at

university and in the city.

Sellman added: “The building and

its services will be fully managed by

the country’s biggest student

operator, Homes For Students, who

have award winning standards for

care for both their students, staff

and local community engagement.

www.urbanvillagecapital.co.uk

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HEATING & VENTILATION

Mitsubishi Electric working with OVO Energy in

Government backed low carbon heating schemes

Mitsubishi Electric is

supplying its UK

manufactured Ecodan

air source heat pumps

to OVO Energy for two Government

schemes. These aim to develop and

showcase technologies that reduce

the carbon emissions associated with

providing heat and hot water to UK

homes and buildings.

The two now re-branded OVO

schemes, the ‘Zero Carbon Home

Project’ and ‘Zero Carbon Heating

Trial’ are funded from by the

Department for Business, Energy and

Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its

Energy Innovation Programme. The

two schemes see a combined

Government investment of £5.8m

worth of funding spread across

nearly 300 sites across the UK.

Mitsubishi Electric is providing

its Ultra Quiet Ecodan model which

is built in Livingston, Scotland to the

projects with OVO as the lead energy

supplier.

“We are delighted to be taking

part in a project of this scale and

working with the UK’s leading

independent energy supplier”, said

Russell Dean, Head of Residential

Heating, Mitsubishi Electric.

“Domestic heating is one of the

biggest areas where our carbon

emissions can be cut by making a

few simple changes. Combining with

the network of OVO we are excited

to be helping applicants reduce their

carbon emissions to net-zero in this

trial.”

The two trials form part of

increased investment by the UK

Government in renewable

technology as it looks to reach its

net-zero carbon emissions target by

2050. Domestic heating forms the

largest single source of carbon

emissions, accounting for 15% of

the UK’s emissions output. This

scheme aims to develop a massmarket

smart electric heating

product that can replace the use of

traditional fossil fuel heating

systems.

Jessica Tan, Managing Director,

OVO Smart Home said:

Mitsubishi Electric is a wellestablished

leader and innovator in

its sector and their air source heat

pumps are no exception. The trials

allow us to develop alternatives to

gas heating, which is a critical piece

to deliver our sustainability vision

under our Plan Zero - which

commits to halving customers’

carbon footprints by 2030. We are

excited to be leading this work with

Mitsubishi Electric, to drive the

technological solutions which will

move us towards zero carbon living

in a way that’s sustainable for our

customers and the climate.”

Ultra Quiet Ecodan is the

market-leading air source heat

pump from Mitsubishi Electric, and

provides reliable, renewable heating

and hot water production for a wide

range of installations. With a sound

pressure level of just 45 dB(A), Ultra

Quiet Ecodan makes passing

Permitted Development

requirements much easier. Ultra

Quiet Ecodan is available in 8.5kW

and 11.2kW sizes.

“These schemes will help to

showcase sustainability in the way

homes are heated and hopefully

kick-start the domestic home

heating revolution that is

desperately needed in the UK if we

are to achieve our commitment to

net-zero,” concluded Russell.

www.ultraquietecodan.co.uk

10 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


HEATING & VENTILATION

A leap into the future with large scale

R32 air conditioning

Aformer tram station in

Bristol has become the first

building in the UK to

benefit from large scale R32

air conditioning.

The Art Deco building in

Gloucester Road was originally a

main station for electric trams, and

is now occupied by one of the

largest environmental business

network in the UK – Future

Economy Network

Renamed, the Future Leap Hub,

the refurbished ground floor now

brings together likeminded

companies and acts as a showcase

for sustainable businesses. It offers a

carbon neutral, co-working space,

meeting rooms and an event space

for hire, in which weekly,

sustainability themed events are

hosted.

The F-Gas Regulations are

affecting all air conditioning systems

and the next step in the Phase Down

of refrigerants with high global

warming potential (GWP), which

takes place in January. The air

conditioning industry has been

transitioning to R32, which has a

significantly lower GWP than

previous R410A systems but this has

not been possible for larger VRF

(Variable Refrigerant Flow) systems

until the launch of the City Multi

R32 VRF at the end of 2019.

“We looked across the market at

a whole host of technologies for our

heating and cooling and when

Mitsubishi Electric’s R32 system was

recommended to us by Envira-Mech

Services, we quickly realised it was

absolutely the right product for us,”

said Alan Bailey, Director of the

Future Economy Group and Future

Leap Ltd. “So far, we’ve been really,

really, really pleased with the end

result.”

Future Leap is carbon neutral in

its operation and has incorporated

lots of sustainable technologies and

solutions, including a carpet made

from disused ghost fishing nets that

have been reclaimed from the

bottom of the ocean and turned

into carpeting.

“When I first started talking to

Alan about his requirements it was

obvious that he wanted a system

that would help promote energy

efficiency and future-proof the

building,” explained Terry Macleod,

Managing Director of Envira-Mech

Services Ltd.

“We’re a Diamond Quality

Partner with Mitsubishi Electric and

when we heard about R32 VRF at

their conference last year, we just

knew it would be right for Future

Leap.

“Alan was already aware of F-Gas

and was open to anything, so the

idea of highly efficient air

conditioning that could

simultaneously heat and cool and

run off 100% renewable energy

really appealed to him,” he added.

Envira-Mech Services is based in

Clevedon, North Somerset and

predominantly covers the south of

England, whilst providing national

coverage for specific clients.

Offering a full design and

installation facility for customers,

Terry and his team are able to

provide a complete turnkey service.

For Future Leap, the team also

installed Lossnay mechanical

ventilation with heat recovery

(MVHR). These deliver highly

efficient ventilation to the building

as they can recover up to 80% of

the energy from outgoing stale air

to use on the incoming fresh air.

Envira-Mech Services had a very

tight timescale on the project, as the

complete refurbishment programme

was only three months, so Terry and

his team had just five weeks to

complete the installation and

commissioning. Not only did they

have to work around the other

trades refurbishing the building at

the same time, there was not a lot

of room for the services, so they also

had to ensure the highest quality of

installation for all ducting and

pipework as these are all on display.

“I have to say I can’t speak

highly enough about Envira-Mech

Services, they were really, really

good on site,” added Alan Bailey,

“they were very conscious of the

other trades who were working on

site at the same time, and were very

happy to fit in when the scheduling

went a little bit out of sync.”

When Future Leap took over the

building, it was a former Maplin

electrical goods store, and Envira-

Mech Services had to first of all strip

out the existing air conditioning

before they could install the R32

City Multi and the Lossnay MVHR.

“Terry and his team are experts

in air conditioning, ventilation and

M&E services, so they were the ideal

choice for Future Leap,” explained

Steve Reece, Branch Manager for

Mitsubishi Electric’s Bristol office.

“With this being the first R32 VRF

installation in the UK, we worked

closely with them to ensure that

Future Leap got a system which will

deliver perfect, controllable comfort

with energy efficiency at its heart.”

The three PURY YNW-A outdoor

condensers are installed in a

compound in the old Maplin storage

yard and these serve 14 PEFY fan

coil units throughout the ground

floor. Although R32 is mildlyflammable,

and room sizes were

considered during the design phase,

the level of ventilation mean that

leak detection wasn’t required.

The Future Leap Hub has been

re-opened since July and now offers

Bristol businesses 70 socially

distanced desks as well as an ethical

cafe and lifestyle shop.

With the installation of the

latest R32 system, the Hub is also

able to deliver future-proof heating

and cooling, regardless of the

weather.

https://les.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/

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“When we approach the design of the chiller we always

consider the following;

Clients Requirement

Energy Efficient

Concept Design + Scope

Longevity

Reliability

We also take into account the way the chiller is going to last and

mature over its running life time”

Chief Designer


Enquiry Number 12 at www.modbs.co.uk/enquiries


CLADDING

Sustainable cladding & facades

from Berry Systems

Whether it’s a car park,

commercial building,

block of flats or an

office complex, the

changing urban landscape and

tighter planning restrictions require

architects to get more creative with

the look of their projects while

satisfying environmental standards.

The exterior aesthetic is a key

consideration in the planning

process of any building. Berry

Systems offers an extensive range

of cladding and façade options that

not only provide planners with a

myriad of choice for that bespoke

appearance but are also a

sustainable solution.

Expanded mesh suits a variety

of different styles and visual

requirements and due to the

stretching/expanding

manufacturing process, can be

produced with limited to zero

waste. Also, when recycling

aluminium cladding, it has an

energy saving of 95 percent of that

required through the primary

smelter production route.

An increasingly popular option

for architects are green walls.

Façades can be utilised in various

configurations to support climbing

or scrambling plants. This is a

practical method of giving a

building a more natural appearance

while helping to purify the air and

lower ambient temperature inside

the building, reducing the need for

air conditioning.

Composite timber cladding is

another environmentally friendly

choice. Not only does it create a

highly attractive finish but is made

from reconstituted timber and

recycled high-density polyethylene.

Another impressively green

option is Sto Glass. Made from 96

percent recycled glass, the

lightweight Sto Glass rainscreen

cladding system can also be

finished with solar photovoltaic

cells enabling them to contribute

renewable energy to the building.

“Environmental impact is a

major factor in the plans for any

building,” says Steve Dunn,

Managing Director at Berry

Systems. “Whether it’s ensuring

that the finish complements the

surrounding landscape, is

manufactured using sustainable

products or can actively benefit the

building itself, we have a solution

for all requirements.

“By involving us early in the

planning process, we can advise on

all of the options available. We’re

also happy to send samples of the

different types of cladding available

so customers can see the quality for

themselves.”

To find out more about cladding

and façades from Berry Systems or

to ask for samples,

call 01902 491100 or email

sales@berrysystems.co.uk.

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A physic-ally eye-catching facade

CLADDING

The first ever public building for

the Institute of Physics (IOP),

has become the latest

development in London to

feature a combination of eyecatching

cladding panels from

Proteus Facades.

The IOP was looking to relocate

from Portland Place and open a new

public institute to house the

organisation’s membership activities,

support its ambition to engage

different communities, and make

physics more accessible to a wider

audience.

Based in ‘the Knowledge Quarter’,

part of a 19th century Keystone

conservation area in Kings Cross, the

new headquarters provides education

and exhibition facilities alongside a

combination of office and public

space with a basement auditorium

and exhibition gallery, which are both

open to the public.

Located at the junction of

Caledonian Road and Balfe Street,

the new IOP building replaces vacant

shops that were in desperate need of

regeneration. Architects TateHindle

recognised this as the ideal space for

the new headquarters and created a

design that is both state-of-the art,

but respectful to the historical

character of the neighbourhood.

As conservation was key in this

project two main external brick

facades on the original structure

were retained, with an entrance bay

inserted to create a visual slot

through to the completely

refurbished interior. In addition, the

5-storey development features floorto-ceiling

windows along Caledonian

Road which also acts as a ‘shopfront’

and provides views of the exposed

concrete walls within.

TateHindle added a one-and-ahalf-storey

extension to the original

structure, which houses a corporate

meeting space for hire. Clad in solid

Proteus HR 1.0mm VM Zinc panels

with a Pigmento Blue finish, the

façade remains in keeping with the

uniformity of shopfronts on

Caledonian Road; whilst perfectly

complementing the brick and glass

exterior on the lower levels and

concrete interior.

Installed by Longworth Building

Services Ltd, Proteus HR was specified

because it is a lightweight, strong

and versatile system that creates an

optically flat aesthetic. The integrated

modular rainscreen panels feature an

aluminium honeycomb core,

structurally bonded between two thin

gauges of lightweight metal skin to

create an optically flat panel.

Each panel is supported by the

Proteus aluminium carrier system and

ancillary components anchored to a

cantilever steel frame from the

underlying masonry structure. These

allowed the panels to be hooked-on

from behind, accentuating the sheer,

smooth façade interrupted only by

strips of lighter cladding built into

the design to compartmentalise the

flat elevations.

A distinctive and punctuating

feature of this upper storey façade is

a series of state-of-the-art

ventilation stacks, also clad in a

combination of solid and perforated

single skin Pigmento Blue Proteus HR

Zinc panels, with built in aluminium

stiffening frames.

The stacks, which replace the

original chimneys, are designed to

draw in cold air at roof level and

deliver it through floor-level grilles,

using physics to reduce the carbon

footprint of the building. A vertical

column marking the main entrance

to the building and a third floor

façade facing onto Caledonian Road

also feature Proteus HR VM Zinc.

Taking the architect’s design from

the outside in, Proteus SC perforated

panels in 2mm aluminium with a RAL

7031 finish feature internally, with

20mm diameter holes carefully

placed in an offset triangular pattern,

to match those featured on the

ventilation stacks.

Proteus SC is an engineered panel

system that is offered in either solid,

perforated or mesh panel formats. By

utilising an extensive range of metals,

colours, textures and forms it can add

another dimension to any façade

cladding project. The system can be

manufactured in a variety of metals

and from 1mm to 6mm in thickness.

For internal applications, like the IOP,

Proteus Facades provides contrasting

fabric inserts and an acoustic

insulation layer can be encapsulated

within the perforated panels.

With a striking design that flows

throughout the building, TateHindle,

alongside main contractor Murphy

Group and Proteus Facades have

together created an outward-looking

and contemporary building; perfectly

answering the client’s brief for a

space that makes physics accessible

and embodies how it is woven into

our everyday lives.

The Institute of Physics is the

professional body and learned society

for physics in the UK and Ireland. It

inspires people to develop their

knowledge, understanding and

enjoyment of physics.

The organisation works with a

range of partners to support and

develop the teaching of physics in

schools. IOP aims to encourage

innovation, growth and productivity

in business including addressing

significant skills shortages and

providing evidence-based advice and

support to governments across the

UK and in Ireland.

0151 545 5075

www.proteusfacades.com

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INSULATION

ETA-approved EJOT Iso-Corner provides

assured medium-heavyweight fixing solution

for externally insulated walls

EJOT has secured ETA

(European Technical

Assessment) approval for its

Iso-Corner load-bearing

bracket, an engineered fastening

element for medium to heavy

weight building elements – planned

or unplanned – in ETICS and other

external wall insulation applications.

The newly awarded ETA confirms

the engineered value of EJOT Iso

Corner which is moulded from high

density polyurethane foam and can

be easily cut on site with an electric

saw to sit flush with the external

insulation face. This combination of

structural strength and adaptability

provides a dependable supporting

bracket option offering a cantilever

arm to length of between 80mm

and 300mm.

It is ideally suited to specifiers

and installers who need to attach

building elements to a façade that is

to be treated with an ETICS –

external thermal insulation

composite systems – or other

external wall insulation solution.

These could include elements such

as railings and Juliet balconies,

which require a secure attachment

to the load-bearing external wall,

the substrate.

Consider the make-up of an

external wall insulation system. The

insulation is typically attached to

the wall structure, treated with

coatings and mesh, and finished in

the chosen render, brick-slips or

other external treatment. The main

depth of the system is the insulation

board, and whilst this should

generally be very securely fixed to

the building substrate, it will not

have the necessary structural

strength to allow for load bearing

attachments.

Any attempt to achieve a secure

fix by driving through to the

original building substrate could

compromise the thermal insulation

level. Unless a fixing is used that

incorporates insulating materials as

part of its design, the thermal

barrier will be broken, and cold

bridging will result. This is one of

the criteria of PAS 2035, where it

needs to be demonstrated that any

cold bridging effects have been

designed out of the chosen energy

efficiency measure.

Iso-Corner is part of a range of

ETICS mounting elements from EJOT

designed to achieve safe, secure and

long-term fastening solutions in

refurbishment projects, including:

• Iso-Spiral Anchor, a spiral-shaped

plastic assembly anchor complete

with sealing washer and integrated

threaded sleeve which provides a

fastening solution for lightweight

elements in ETICS facades, such as

house numbers and external lights.

• Iso-Dart – a fastening system

comprising of a façade anchor with

plastic installation bush, complete

with sealing washer, which accepts

common coarse threaded screws for

securely attaching light to medium

loads.

• Iso-Bloc – an easy-to-cut block

moulded from high density EPS,

which is particularly suitable as a

backing to allow for thermal bridgefree

attachments in ETICS

applications.

As a global leading in

construction fastening solutions, the

EJOT UK team offers a wealth of

technical support and specialist

guidance to specifiers and installers

to ensure they achieve the right

result when mounting to ETICS

facades.

For technical support and to find

out more about the range of

innovative EJOT fastener solutions

visit www.ejot.co.uk or call 01977

687040.

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LIGHTING

Top garden attraction invests in bew kind of

bulb with lighting upgrade

ANational Trust property

located in the heart of the

city, Birmingham Botanical

Gardens (BBG) is a leading

visitor attraction that brings in up to

250,000 visitors per year.

With Grade II listed buildings and

15 acres of grounds, the large site

turned to lighting experts

EcolightingUK last autumn to

upgrade its current lighting system

to LEDs. With hundreds of fittings

around the property, BBG make the

decision to switch their halogen and

fluorescent tubes to LED luminaires

in order to lower its electricity and

maintenance costs.

Areas including the gift shop,

subtropical house and rear kitchen

were among the indoor spaces

receiving upgrades and outdoor

spots include the terrace, bandstand,

pavilion and car park. Each area

required different types of luminaire,

from floodlights to ceiling panels,

and PIR sensors and DALI dimming

options were also installed.

Due to the nature of the

attraction, colour changing lights

were also specified for the job as

they were necessary for both

aesthetic and practical purposes to

create visual effects and ambiance

at the many events hosted on site.

James Wheeler, Chief Executive

at Birmingham Botanical Gardens,

commented, “We are working with

Aston University on an EU funded

project to reduce the Gardens’

carbon footprint and Ecolighting

was recommended as a firm to

approach for a tender for the work

held by the Gardens.

He continued, “Our new lighting

is a big improvement on previous

installations, making us better lit,

safer for visitors, more secure and

more energy efficient. This saving in

electricity consumption is enabling

us to put in improved lighting of our

buildings and gardens which is more

flexible, creative, colour changing

and more easily tailored to the

mood and theme of our events. We

will receive a benefit of up to 90%

savings on our expenditure on

electricity for lighting which leaves

us with more resource to spend on

our core charitable work and makes

us a greener organisation in

accordance with our charitable

aims.”

Unlike many other lighting

companies, Ecolighting has its own

team of lighting and electrical

installation engineers as well as

carrying out the lighting scheme

design with Relux software in the

early stages of client lighting

projects. The company also

manufactures its luminaires in the

UK and uses UK-sourced Osram

control gear and LED chips. All of

this means that the company has

much better control than many and

can present better value for money

to clients. The company is also a

Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier

and is assessed to BSEN ISO

9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

www.ecolightinguk.com

18 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


SAFETY

Why site hoarding should be your first

construction project consideration

When you consider the

most essential aspect of

a construction project,

what do you think of

first? If it’s not site hoarding, think

again.

The Health and Safety at Work

Act 1974 demonstrates the duty of

care that all construction companies

and site managers are responsible

for, which is to take all reasonable

steps to ensure that both employees

and the public are safe from

construction work hazards.

Hoarding is a crucial part of this:

not only does it shield site workers

from outside debris, it also protects

the public from construction work

and vehicles and helps ensure

authorised access only to site.

With this in mind, many

construction projects would not be

able to even start without safe,

adequate site hoarding securely in

place.

SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT and SITE

PROTECT PLUS OSB3 panels are

specially developed by MEDITE

SMARTPLY as site hoarding solutions

to the five key hoarding

considerations in one product:

1. Site hoarding needs to be

strong and durable enough to

provide a secure barrier and

withstand adverse weather.

2. It should be quick and hasslefree

to install, enabling your project

start on time and progress

efficiently, especially in current

circumstances.

3. It should be adaptable to the

site location.

4. It should adhere to the

controlled access requirements of

the site and be able to incorporate

appropriate signage.

5. Finally, all site hoarding should

always be aligned with the

sustainability goals of the entire

construction project itself, which

can leave no room for illegally

sourced tropical plywood, or boards

which have unclear supply chains.

Whether your site is a luxury

development with countless

stakeholders or a socially responsible

housing project, it needs to be

secured against authorised access.

Besides being exposed to vandalism,

any building site is dangerous for

laymen to walk through, which

makes good quality site hoarding

indispensable.

With security and durability in

mind, SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT and

SITEPROTECT PLUS can be produced

in panels of up to three metres tall

and is structurally sound, meaning it

won’t bend, break or allow your site

to become easily accessed by

unauthorised people. Its smooth

surface also provides no

inconsistencies, holes or potential

footholds.

For super quick installation

allowing projects to get up and

running efficiently after the recent

lockdown, SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT is

supplied to site pre-primed on the

outward face, or in the case of SITE

PROTECT PLUS, both faces or in a

range of RAL colours upon request,

saving time and labour onsite. It’s

also available in thicknesses of

18mm and 16mm, for a lighter

weight but just as durable option

where ease of install is paramount.

Contractors can take advantage

of the wider SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT

and SITEPROTECT PLUS sizes

available to cover more ground

faster and at a potential cost saving,

even if fewer workers are onsite. A

wider panel can allow contactors to

continue work together at a safe

distance, adhering to government

guidelines on Covid-19 safety.

Depending on the site’s location,

long stretches of perimeter can be

hoarded in this way in record time,

while locations where surrounding

space is tight can make use of

smaller panel sizes.

Signage on all hoarding is key

both for site access points and

safety information, which must both

be clearly marked. However,

branding and information for the

local community is also increasingly

important whatever the project.

Both SITEPROTECT versions have

been developed to provide a smooth,

flat surface to allow suitable, clearly

visible signage to be incorporated

easily, and on both sides in the case

of SITEPROTECT PLUS.

Finally, as site hoarding

represents the entire project for the

entire duration of the build, good

sustainability credentials are vital,

especially in todays increasingly

environmentally conscious society.

Guaranteeing a clear supply chain,

SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT and

SITEPROTECT PLUS are fully FSC®

certified, made with the thinnings of

fast-growing pine and spruce,

essentially as a by-product of

sustainable forestry practices in

Ireland.

www.mdfosb.com/en/hoarding

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FIRE SAFETY

Fire door manufacturer develops industry-first solution

to ‘transform’ fire safety sector in wake of Grenfell

Afire door manufacturer,

supported by Made Smarter,

has developed an industryfirst

solution to make safety

inspections faster and more

accurate, in the wake of the Grenfell

Tower tragedy.

Contactless Check Solutions

(CCS), based in Maryport, Cumbria,

has created a simple method to

ensure fire door compliance in line

with UK regulations.

It involves using a pin containing

a unique identifier that is installed

into a fire door at manufacture or

retrofitted.

The CCS fire inspection app

installed on a smartphone or tablet

is used to scan the pin and give the

inspector access to the door’s

manufacturing and maintenance

history in real time.

The app will then prompt the

inspector to complete a checklist

with compulsory photos which

automatically update the record

stored on the cloud.

Building owners and managers

will have quick and easy access to

see a complete overview of all their

fire door stock, site by site, floor by

floor, using a simple traffic light

system, and the history of each and

every door.

The innovation makes it easier

for owners and managers to ensure

compliance with UK regulations by

establishing a consistent system for

fire door inspection programmes,

regardless of the type of building.

With nothing similar currently on

the market, CCS is targeting

manufacturers of the six million new

fire doors which are produced every

year in the UK, as well as the

managers of the hundreds of

millions of fire doors currently

installed.

CCS is being supported by the

Made Smarter North West adoption

pilot, which is helping SME

manufacturers to adopt digital

technologies.

Andy Tyas, Managing Director,

said: “The fire safety industry is

under intense scrutiny after Grenfell.

The government is looking closely at

how and when fire doors are

inspected, maintained and managed.

“The development of this project

will benefit the people responsible

for the building as well as the

regulatory authority to ensure

correct inspections are being carried

out in accordance with building

regs.

"Made Smarter funding and

advice has accelerated development

of the technology by two years and

dramatically increased our chances

of being first to market with a

technology that could transform the

fire safety sector.”

CCS directors Sean Parnaby,

David Reay and Andrew Tyas have

been manufacturing fire doors for

almost 20 years.

Tyas said: “As a critical safety

feature of any building, it is

essential that all fire doors are

compliant with British Standards

and Building Regulations. But the

management and inspection of this

vital piece of life-saving equipment

is something this country has never

really got to grips with. The process

is difficult because there is a lack of

information on fire doors readily

available, nor is there a consistent

system for inspection programmes.

Your typical inspection is a paperbased,

tick-box exercise with too

much room for error and the

opportunity for inspectors to take

short-cuts.”

The Grenfell tragedy and the

subsequent inquiry found issues in

the way some high-rise residential

buildings are built, managed, and

looked after.

Among its initial recommendations

was the need for a

‘golden thread’ of information for

buildings so the original design is

preserved, and changes are managed

through a formal review process.

Equally, that access to up-to-date

information is critical to effectively

carry out a fire risk assessment of a

building to determine if any action

is needed.

“Grenfell exposed some hard

truths about fire door inspections

and regulation, particularly the fact

our industry had not moved on from

using ineffective labels on doors,”

Tyas said. “We saw an opportunity to

use technology to solve these

problems.”

The CCS solution makes it quick

and easy to manage fire door stock

safely, responsibly and ensure

compliance with the changing UK

legislation.

CCS estimates that its faster and

more accurate digital solution could

save up to 70 per cent of the

inspection time and cost.

The new technology is forecast

to increase productivity four-fold

because it enables more doors to be

inspected on a daily basis than could

be achieved with a manual check,

inputting and reporting.

“We have a passion for making

sure people are safe,” Tyas said. “We

build fire doors ourselves and

putting this system in is the cure to

so many people's problems with

managing fire doors. It shouldn’t be

complicated. I believe that our

innovation could transform the fire

safety sector.”

CCS isn’t just focussed on the UK

market and has already had

discussions with building managers

in Europe and the Middle East.

It is also in discussion with door

manufacturers, inspectors and local

authorities about applying the

solution to refuse chutes in high rise

buildings and sprinkler systems.

www.madesmarter.uk

20 OCTOBER 2020, REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS


FIRE SAFETY

Risersafe® Provides Damac Tower

with the total riser solution

Ambar Kelly’s pioneering riser

zone system has been

installed in Damac Tower, a

stunning residential

development situated in the

emerging cultural hotspot, Nine Elms

on London’s South Bank.

For this project, Ambar Kelly

worked with main contractor

Multiplex, frame contractor Byrne

Bros, architect Kohn Pederson Fox

and lead M&E coordinator IBSECAD,

to design, manufacture and supply

its RiserSafe® system. A total riser

zone safety solution, it is an

adaptable system which deals with

all of the safety and cost risks

associated with risers including the

prevention of falls from height and

the spread of smoke and flame

during and post construction.

For Damac Tower, Multiplex

required a solution that was flexible,

well-designed and engineered,

manufactured off site and capable

of being installed to a strict

programme. It also had to provide

protection for the operational

workforce from the risk of falling

from height, and act as a fire barrier

to the spread of smoke and flame

during construction.

Ambar Kelly’s RiserSafe® was

able to meet the project’s safety and

fire protection requirements, all the

while providing an effective way to

secure the riser shaft. The solution

would also seal the riser void when

Damac Tower becomes occupied.

Ambar Kelly provided 449 of its

RiserSafe® units for the project, each

manufactured to the exact

requirements of the project.

As the majority of the RiserSafe®

units are located within Damac

Tower’s core, Ambar Kelly had to

meet the exact delivery dates to

ensure the units were installed in

line with the erection of the

formwork decking.

Byrne Bros simply erected the

deck for each floor, and the

RiserSafe® units were craned into

position and then reinforcement

fixed. The floor slabs were then cast,

ensuring the RiserSafe® unit was

permanently fixed into the structure.

Joe Bermingham from concrete

frame contractor Byrne Bros said:

“RiserSafe® was a pleasure to install.

Ambar Kelly worked with us to make

sure each unit would fit in with the

concrete frame and there were no

issues. From the delivery to the

installation, the entire coordination

was smooth. Working from height is

extremely risky. However, with

RiserSafe® the team felt very secure.

The presence of RiserSafe® meant

there were no obstacles to

completing the task at hand.”

Accommodating all the

challenges in one adaptable solution,

RiserSafe® prevents falls from height

and the spread of smoke and flame

during and after construction.

Damac Tower is a high-profile build,

yet the installation of RiserSafe®

made this process seem seamless,

and will assure occupant safety and

property protection well into this

tower’s bright future.

riserSAFE@ConcertTech.com

www.risersafe.com

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FIRE SAFETY

ASSA ABLOY Door Group educate on the

importance of fire door inspections in schools

With this year’s Fire Door

Safety Week campaign

running 21-27

September, Door Group

– a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening

Solutions UK & Ireland – is calling

for higher standards of fire door

inspections within education

buildings.

Shockingly, there are over 1,000

school fires a year in the UK, costing

an average of £2.8m in larger

incidents, with one education

insurer reporting that the large

majority of UK schools are found to

have ‘poor’ fire protection systems.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire

Safety) Order 2005 requires schools

to undertake risk assessments to

identify the general fire precautions

needed to safeguard the safety of

occupants in case of fire, including

their safe means of escape. But with

fire protection systems failing time

and time again, it is clear that more

needs to be done.

Fire doors are one of the most

important safety features in a

building, and regular inspections are

essential to fully ensure health and

safety measures are met. Education

buildings can present highly specific

requirements for fire doorsets, with

particularly varied legislation and

building regulations surrounding fire

doors in schools.

As part of its commitment to fire

door safety, Door Group provide a

fully comprehensive inspection

which can be carried out every

three, four, six or 12 months to suit

specific requirements.

Following inspections, Door

Group offers detailed reports

containing advice and

recommendations on necessary

improvements, with the knowledge

that identifying any potential issues

that could impact safety and

product performance can be

lifesaving.

If any issues do occur, a tailored

repair proposal is issued to include

anything from replacement doors to

a regular maintenance program.

Door Group inspectors are BREcertified

and will ensure that all fire

doors inspected meet all necessary

standards and regulations.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director

for ASSA ABLOY Door Group,

explains: “The figures we’re seeing

regarding fires in the education

sector are terrifying. An education

building should be a safe and secure

place for students and staff to work

and learn, yet in recent inspections

we have found a significant

percentage (in some cases >90%) of

fire doorsets in schools failing to

meet fire compliancy requirements.

“Door Group is committed to

making schools, colleges and

universities across the UK fire

protected. With regular and

thorough inspections, we can ensure

the compliance and performance of

fire doorsets in an effort to improve

overall fire safety in the educational

environment.”

www.bit.ly/2YnuyTt.

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PROJECTS

Assael Architecture’s designs for Southall Sidings,

the first site in Connected Living London’s portfolio

of build-to-rent developments, given the go-ahead

Connected Living London has

been given the go-ahead for

a new scheme at Southall

Sidings, designed by awardwinning

architect, Assael

Architecture.

The development at Southall

Sidings, close to Southall station in

the London Borough of Ealing, will

provide 460 apartments designed

and built specifically for rent. To

meet the needs of London’s diverse

population, 40 percent of the homes

will be provided at a Discounted

Market Rent, whilst 48 threebedroom

homes will cater for

families.

Accommodated across a series of

buildings, all of the new homes will

sit alongside on-site resident

amenities synonymous with the

build-to-rent ethos, including a

residents’ lounge, workspace and a

gym, with the aim to cater to

modern lifestyles while also creating

a strong community within the

development.

The predominantly brick buildings

have been contextually designed;

four-storey courtyard buildings line

Park Avenue to blend in with the

existing built environment and

enhance the public realm. The taller

buildings, which are up to 16 storeys,

have been sensitively placed away

from the road towards the railway

and are connected with a continuous

link to create an inclusive

development. This generous amenity

spine acts as natural wayfinding

through the development with

residents’ break-out spaces

integrated within a cloister-like

setting overlooking landscaped

courtyard spaces for contemplating,

working or meeting friends.

The streetscape along Park

Avenue will be vastly improved with

front doors to homes and gardens

set beyond a generous pavement and

a new line of mature trees. The new

entrance square is set between two

courtyard buildings to be discernible

from the station approach and to

directly link with the popular

Southall Park to the north, one of

the key design generators. A new

pedestrian crossing is proposed

across Park Avenue to further

enhance this connection and

encourage more sustainable ways of

travelling.

The service road lines the

southern boundary to ensure that

Park Avenue prioritises pedestrians

and maintains the residential nature

• 460 homes have been designed exclusively for rent in London’s Southall

• The homes will be near Southall station which will be served by the

Elizabeth line in the future

• The project is part of a 3,000-strong rental housing pipeline being

delivered by Connected Living London, the partnership between

Transport for London and Grainger plc

• The designs demonstrate an exemplar Built to Rent scheme with the key

principles of this sector put into practice

of the street. As a build-to-rent

development, servicing will include

dedicated back of house areas with

direct access to the concierge and

loading bays for moving in and out,

all for the efficient long-term

management of the development.

Alongside the internal amenity

areas, the residents will enjoy a

variety of external public and private

landscaped spaces, including two

roof terraces with uninterrupted

views across Southall Park and

London.

As part of the wider regeneration

of Southall, a new pedestrian bridge

over the train tracks is planned,

which will strengthen the

connectivity of the existing and

future communities to the north of

the tracks, including the new

community at Southall Sidings, with

those to the south, including the

Assael-designed Margarine Works.

Southall Sidings will be delivered

by Connected Living London as part

of their pipeline of 3,000 new homes

across the capital, all closely located

to the public transport network. As

part of this build-to-rent portfolio,

Assael is also designing the

residential scheme next to and above

the new Nine Elms Tube station that

is being delivered as part of the

Northern Line extension, whilst

architects developing plans for the

remaining sites include

Hawkins\Brown and Maccreanor

Lavington. Grimshaw is also on

board, designing Connected Living

London’s portfolio identity that will

encourage cohesive features across

all its sites.

The arrival of the Elizabeth Line

will be hugely beneficial to local

businesses and residents. When the

full route opens, up to ten services

an hour in each direction will serve

Southall station, allowing passengers

to travel right through central

London without having to change

trains. Customers will be able to get

to Bond Street in 17 minutes and the

journey to Canary Wharf will take 31

minutes.

Loren Thanyakittikul, director at

Assael Architecture said: “Southall

Sidings will offer London’s renters

exemplar homes that have been

designed to encapsulate the core

principles of the build-to-rent ethos.

Exceptional amenities and generous

communal landscaped gardens,

alongside a layout that encourages

interaction, will create a genuine

community; this has underpinned

the design from the outset of the

process. It has been a pleasure

working alongside a forwardthinking

partner in Connected Living

London to shape one of its first

schemes.”

Helen Gordon, CEO at Grainger

plc, said: “We are delighted to secure

our first planning resolution for

Connected Living London. This is an

exciting and important milestone for

our partnership, which over the

coming years is set to make a

positive difference for renters and

communities across London. In

Southall we are delivering 460

superbly located homes that locals

can afford, all professionally

managed by our inhouse team,

setting new standards for renting in

the area.”

Ben Tate, a spokesperson for CLL

and Head of Property Development

at TfL, said: “It’s fantastic to see the

first of our sites at Southall get the

go-ahead as part of Connected

Living London. We can now start

delivering quality rental homes that

the capital desperately needs and

help improve the area for the local

community.

“Now more than ever, people are

looking for homes that are more

than just a place to sleep, and with a

range of amenity spaces, including

outdoor terraces and a residents’

gym, we are confident that these

new homes will be a fantastic

addition to Southall.”

www.assael.co.uk

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London studio of global architecture firm Perkins

and Will wins internal co-living design competition

The London studio of global

design practice Perkins and

Will has won an internal

firmwide competition to

design a co-living community

concept that responds to the

housing crisis affecting major cities

worldwide.

The annual Phil Freelon Design

Competition was renamed last year

in honor of the late architect and

Perkins and Will design director who

championed design for humanity.

The competition is part of the firm’s

commitment to continuous selfimprovement

through a culture of

innovation.

The London studio submission,

led by senior interior designer Hala

El khorazaty and design applications

technologist Vangel Kukov, focused

on reimagining an industrial site in

one of New York City’s most

expensive neighborhoods, the West

Village of Manhattan, was inspired

by the concept of “arroyo”—a place

that was once dry which then

transforms to a stream of life after

rain—to create a community-led,

sustainable co-living development.

Housing affordability has become

a critical challenge in many global

cities, making this competition

particularly timely; just as New

Yorkers deal with exorbitant housing

costs, and San Francisco faces a

housing crisis, London residents with

a median salary would, on average,

• Annual competition encourages international innovation and design

excellence.

• Design of winning co-living concept offers community-focused and

environmentally progressive ideas for rental agreements.

• Co-living market grows as city-centre rents and density increases.

need to spend nearly half of their

pre-tax pay on a typical onebedroom

house or flat. The design

exercise gave the London-based

team the opportunity to think about

housing affordability issues as a

universal human right, rather than a

localised, city-specific one.

With the proposed co-living

model, renters will have the

opportunity to live in a high-quality

development, with an actively

involved community and options for

reduced rent.

The London team designed a

model for an app which helps

organise bills and allows residents to

earn points through involving

themselves in the community to

subsidise rent payments.

To truly emphasise the

sustainability of the project, the

team focussed the entire piece

around the concept of Living Design,

to create an almost circular carbon

footprint within the building. As

well as using the existing foundation

to minimise their carbon footprint,

the London team designed a

structural system using crosslaminated

timber (CLT) and glued

laminated wood (glulam) in a

diagram pattern, to form a unique,

lightweight, and environmentally

friendly structure for the building.

For operational efficiency, the

design includes solar panels on the

roof, rainwater reuse, greywater

recycling, blackwater treatment,

rooftop and kitchen gardens, a

hydroponic farm, and a range of

smart appliances and sustainable

devices. Furthermore, all materials

were chosen from Perkins and Will’s

Precautionary List—a compilation of

the most ubiquitous and problematic

substances that people encounter

every day in the built environment—

to ensure that everything used is

non-toxic. All of these aspects seek

to create a building that is healthy

for both the residents and the

planet.

Penoyre & Prasad, a studio of

Perkins and Will London, also

received recognition for its team’s

project, the Aspen Cooperative, led

by designers Richard Schunemann,

Thomas Henderson Schwartz and

Vaia Vakouli. Like an aspen grove,

the concept is rooted in the idea of

interconnectivity—resulting in a

seamlessly integrated project with

sustainable elements in its crosslaminated

timber structure.

Hala El Khorazaty, Perkins and

Will said: “We are really excited to

win this internal design competition

which has been a great opportunity

to promote a diverse range of

designers across international

studios of Perkins and Will. We put a

lot of consideration into all aspects

of the project and how shared

spaces can be utilised in the best

possible way. From the selection of

materials, apartment layout and

building structure, to how the

residents would live and interact

with one another through

community incentives, it was

important to us to consider every

element to create this unique

concept that could potentially help

many global cities around the world

which are facing a housing crisis.”

Richard Schunemann at Penoyre

& Prasad commented: “Taking part

in this competition has been a

fantastic opportunity to help us

integrate into the Perkins and Will

culture, allowed us to build new

relationships and gain peer

recognition. We’d like to

congratulate the Perkins and Will

team on the design win and look

forward to taking part in the next

competition.”

https://perkinswill.com/

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Castlehouse Construction Completes Phase 1 of

Treadmills regeneration project in Northallerton

Leeds-based contractor

Castlehouse Construction has

completed Phase 1 of the

Treadmills regeneration

development at the former

Northallerton Prison site.

The company has handed over

three retail units, one of which will

be occupied by supermarket group

Lidl - the retail anchor for the £17m

scheme. The second unit will be

occupied by frozen food specialist

Iceland and the third 1,300 sq ft

unit is available for occupation. A

car park on the south side of the

site has also been delivered.

Driven forward by the Central

Northallerton Development

Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint

venture between Hambleton District

Council and leading Yorkshire

developer Wykeland Group, the

scheme will cement a new future for

the old Grade II listed prison

buildings by transforming the major

landmark into an exciting, new

mixed-use destination incorporating

retail, leisure and office space.

Despite a challenging climate

with the pandemic, Castlehouse

carried out all construction work on

site with extensive and stringent

safety measures in place, complying

fully with Government and

construction industry guidelines

introduced in response to Covid-19.

Castlehouse is currently on site

fitting out the Lidl store, closely

followed by Iceland, with both stores

earmarked to open their doors to

the public this autumn.

The northern part of the site,

including five Grade II listed

Victorian former prison blocks, forms

part of the second phase of the

development which is well underway

by a local contractor and involves

external restoration and extensive

internal redevelopment of four of

the five buildings. The final

building, the tenement block, will be

converted at a later stage.

The former main cell block and

the female wing will house the

7,000 sq ft Centre for Digital

Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton, a

new community of tech specialists,

building on the Hull-based C4DI

digital hub’s success.

Richard Lumley, Chairman of

Castlehouse Construction said: “We

are delighted to hand over Phase 1

of this exciting regeneration

development in spite of a

challenging backdrop. We are

extremely proud of the team who

worked diligently to deliver a key

part of the scheme, providing the

Hambleton and wider community

with some great retail names as part

of the development’s strategic

vision.”

Leader of Hambleton District

Council, Councillor Mark Robson

said: “This handover marks the first

step in Hambleton’s ambitious plans

to regenerate the former prison site

– having Lidl and Iceland opening

up before Christmas will be a huge

economic boost for Northallerton's

High Street and contribute to our

vision to make our market towns

vibrant.

“In 2021 we will see C4Di open

in one of the listed buildings on the

site and that will bring in businesses

to the town. It is a very exciting

time for Northallerton and

Hambleton district.”

Jonathan Stubbs, Wykeland

Development Director and a CNDCL

Board member, said: “The

completion of construction on phase

one of Treadmills is a major

milestone in the delivery of this

exciting regeneration project and

we’re now looking forward to the

opening of the Lidl and Iceland

stores.

“This is one of many

developments we are moving

forward across the region to deliver

new investment and jobs that are

vital to the post-Covid economic

recovery.”

www.castlehouseconstruction.com

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Macaulay Sinclair appointed

to leading UK project

RENOWNED interior

architecture and design

specialist Macaulay Sinclair

has been appointed to

create two stunning waterfront

restaurants at The Island Quarter in

Nottingham, the £650 million

regeneration scheme.

Working nationally and

internationally for well-known

hospitality brands, Macaulay Sinclair

will be creating a stunning design

for the three-storey pavilion

building at Canal Turn – the first

element of phase 1A.

Macaulay Sinclair, which is also

based in Nottingham, is well-known

for creating interiors of big-name

hospitality brands including

Dishoom, Caravan, and Hawksmoor.

The company was chosen for The

Island Quarter because of its “highly

creative approach”, its

understanding of this historical site

– and vast industry knowledge and

originality.

Mike Sinclair, co-founder of

Macaulay Sinclair, said: “Despite

being based in Nottingham, the vast

majority of our work is outside the

area – and particularly in London. To

be appointed to work on this

prominent scheme right on our

doorstep is hugely exciting for us

and we couldn’t be more pleased to

be working with The Island Quarter’s

dynamic team.

“We will be bringing something

really new to Nottingham with the

plans we are currently working on.

We will be creating something really

visual and interesting right by the

canal and providing more than just a

restaurant, but a destination that

people want to be part of.”

The design studio, located in

Nottingham’s historic Lace Market,

was founded in 2003 and prides

itself on creating exceptional spaces

for the hospitality sector, including

bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs.

Mike added: “We have worked on

a wide variety of projects over the

years, from niche independent

restaurants, to much larger projects

for well-known operators. We are

really excited to use our skills,

passion and eye for detail to create

an inspiring space for people to eat,

drink and socialise.”

Christopher Ware, property

director of Conygar, said: “We are

really pleased to have appointed

Macaulay Sinclair for the design of

the two restaurants at The Island

Quarter. Nottingham is home to

some of the very best creatives and

it is important that we partner with

highly regarded and successful

businesses, that understand the city

and our ambitions for the site.

“The company has a strong and

renowned reputation for creating

high-level interiors and inspiring

spaces, which it has proved from its

successful results with its brilliant

portfolio of clients. We have no

doubt that Macaulay Sinclair will

create something fresh and

contemporary, combined with style

and tradition to meet our vision for

The Island Quarter.

“We are passionate about

working with Nottingham businesses

and we’re keen to ensure that the

site is built and designed using as

much of the local supply chain as

possible.”

The two restaurants at the

pavilion will be open in time for

Christmas 2021.

The first phase of the

development, which was submitted

for planning on 24 July, is expected

to receive full approval from

Nottingham City Council

in October – followed by an

immediate start on site and is

expected to be completed

by November 2021.

July’s detailed planning

application also features provision

for a bandstand and a substantial

area of new public space – all of

which will open up the canal basin

area enhancing one of Nottingham’s

most under-utilised assets.

Earlier this month, it was

announced that building and civil

engineering company Sir Robert

McAlpine will be the main

contractor to kickstart the first

phase. The contractor will join

architects Jestico + Whiles and food

and beverage consultant Indie

Consulting, which are both involved

in the first phase of the scheme.

The landmark site will strengthen

the local economy by creating 100

permanent jobs from the first phase

alone and will help to elevate

Nottingham as one of the UK’s key

regional cities for investors and

employers.

The development, which received

outlined planning permission last

year, will be transformed into new

homes, grade A office space, creative

market space, a lifestyle hotel, retail

units, a ‘linear’ park, community

space and student accommodation

once complete.

www.macaulaysinclair.com

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Salford Council Gives Consent for Phase Three

Development at Middlewood Locks, Manchester

Detailed planning consent

had been granted by

Salford City Council for the

delivery of a third phase at

Middlewood Locks, the award

winning, new 25-acre mixed use

development at the western

gateway to Manchester’s business

district.

Phase three will comprise a

further 189 new homes, adding to

the 1,117 new homes either under

construction or completed in the

vibrant new neighbourhood. This

includes 176 one to three-bedroom

apartments situated in two buildings

of 10 and 12 storeys on the

northern side of the canal. There will

also be 13, waterside, three and

four-bedroom, three storey

townhouses, suitable for family

living.

Almost all of the homes will have

private outdoor space by way of a

balcony, terrace or garden and a

generous communal podium garden

will be created for the benefit of the

residents There will be 61 under

croft car parking spaces and 40

bicycle spaces.

This phase will also incorporate

5,150 sq ft of ground floor

commercial/retail accommodation

and an additional 4,970 sq ft of

offices within an already thriving

amenity and leisure hub which is

home to Seven Brothers Beerhouse

and Co-op.

Middlewood Locks is a joint

venture between Scarborough

International Properties, Hualing

Group, based in Urumqui, Xinjiang,

in China and Metro Holdings

Limited, a Singapore-listed property

development and investment group.

The first phase was completed

with high acclaim and great demand

for the broad mix of contemporary

living spaces that is highly

convenient to the city centre and

with great public realm. The second

phase of homes is currently under

construction and will be ready for

completion next year.

When completed, it will provide

a total of 2,215 new homes and

900,000 sq ft of commercial space,

including offices, hotel, shops,

restaurants, and gym. With

landscaped areas of green public

space, the scheme is being

developed around three large basins

of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury

Canal which connect to the River

Irwell and is a short walk from the

central business district and retail

amenities of Manchester city centre.

Overall, the site has a gross

development value of more than

£700 million and is expected to

create more than 7,000 jobs for the

area.

Paul Kelly, Development Director

at Scarborough, said:

“We are delighted to secure

consent to move forward with phase

three as part of our full

commitment to deliver the grand

vision that is Middlewood Locks.

This development is providing much

needed homes in the city with

fantastic doorstep amenity that

remains in high demand. It also

provides high-quality commercial

and office space that will

compliment and add to the existing

offer at Middlewood Locks.”

Nicola Wallis, Sales & Marketing

Director said:

“This is great news for the

community of Middlewood Locks as

we seek to build upon this stunning

new neighbourhood with a further

189 much needed new homes. The

contemporary townhouses and

apartments will be situated around a

private residents’ garden, making the

most of the public realm and

waterside location, with fantastic

views towards the city. The new

homes are designed to a high

specification, filled with natural

light, making it ideal for the

growing number of people working

from home…yet it’s just a short walk

or cycle to the bustling city centre

of Manchester.

“Middlewood Locks is already a

great community with many owner

occupiers and over 50% of our

customers purchasing under the

governments Help to Buy scheme.

We have seen a demand for family

homes and also from people

wanting to downsize at Middlewood

Locks, so it’s important that the

homes in phase three cater for this

market too”.

Scarborough International

Properties expects to start on this

new phase in early 2021 with

completion expected in late 2022.

Phase II was topped out in February

of this year and will be completed in

2021.

Beijing Construction Engineering

Group International (BCEGI) is the

construction partner whilst Whittam

Cox Architects is design partner and

Zerum is the scheme’s planning

advisor.

www.scarboroughgroup.com

www.metroholdings.com.sg

www.hualing.ge/language/en/

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TCS completes renovation of historic Carvers Warehouse

Leeds-based property investor

and car parking operator,

Town Centre Securities PLC

(TCS), has completed the

renovation of the historic Carvers

Warehouse on Dale Street in

Manchester’s Piccadilly Basin. The

sensitive refurbishment has

repurposed the space into a property

hub with the top floor circa 2,200 sq

ft office suite now complete.

Over the last year, TCS has

extensively refurbished the Grade II

listed stone building, one of

Manchester’s oldest surviving

warehouses, to respond to the

evolving needs of its existing tenant

base and future modern occupiers.

The original transformation of the

warehouse into an office destination

was delivered more than a decade

ago.

Chris Collins, Associate Director

for TCS said:

“We are delighted to complete

the comprehensive refurbishment

programme at Carvers Warehouse,

which forms part of our strategic

plans for the regeneration of our

wider Piccadilly Basin development.

“Dave Evans, Director of The

Harris Partnership, existing tenants

at the property said,

“Carvers Warehouse has been our

Manchester home for over 10 years

and affords the business a prime

office location within close

proximity to the rail networks for

both clients and consultants

travelling to the office from around

the UK. The redevelopment and

refurbishment of the atrium

provides a welcoming environment

for visitors to the office including

the additional break-out space

where we can utilise the new

meeting pods.”

www.tcs-plc.co.uk

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PROJECTS

Renovation continues of Lewisham’s iconic

Tower House

MHA continues reinstatement of landmark building to deliver innovative retail and creative workspace

MHA has today

announced that

renovation continues

to restore the

commercial units at Lewisham’s

iconic Tower House. Once a

thriving department store, the

latest renovation of this

prominent building will see the

creation of flexible office space

just a short walk from Lewisham

Station.

The latest phase of the

redevelopment of Tower House, a

connected, iconic and illustrious

landmark, will comprise 22,000

sq.ft of innovative retail and

creative workspace. Centred

around the principles of space,

volume and light, MHA will

provide conveniently located

workspace for those seeking

inspiration, creativity and

modernity under its new

pioneering brand, My Office Club.

Due to open in October 2020,

My Office Club responds to a clear

and pressing need to deliver stateof-the-art

serviced office space

outside of Central London.

Working locally has become a

significant trend in the wake of

the recent pandemic with

businesses and individuals

reassessing several factors,

particularly time spent on the

daily commute. My Office Club

Lewisham will not only bring a

new element to MHA’s already

multi-faceted portfolio but will

also offer a flexible workspace,

once again bringing Tower House

back to its former glory at the

epicentre of Lewisham’s

commercial marketplace.

My Office Club Lewisham will

be managed by NewFlex, a leading

provider of branded office

solutions which delivers and

manages a range of branded

workspace solutions for every type

of building, in every type of

location, for every type of

occupier.

Hossein Abedinzadeh, Founder

of MHA commented: “We are

extremely proud of this unique

development which will provide

creative workspace. We are

building on the important legacy

of the Tower House, enhancing its

street presence whilst contributing

to the overall vibrancy of

Lewisham High Street.”

MHA@

thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

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Historic building conversion in the heart of

Northumberland market town

An historic Grade II Listed

building is being sensitively

converted into 16 new

homes in the heart of the

market town of Hexham.

The former Prospect House

landmark development sits in the

shadow of the town’s Old Gaol,

Moot Hall and Hexham Abbey.

Financed as a joint venture

between LOK Developments, part of

The Morton Group, and Hilltop

Credit Partners, the prominent

development will be ready to

welcome its new homeowners in

early 2021. The former council

building will be converted into 11

apartments, with an addition of 5

new build properties.

The development has been

named Montague Court after the

1st Marquess of Montagu and Earl

of Northumberland, a leading

partisan in the War of the Roses.

Original plans for the important

site were amended in December

2019 to incorporate an improved

design which is sympathetic to

existing features and improves the

offering by reducing the number of

homes by 2 and increasing the size

of several apartments. Work started

on site in January 2020.

When it is complete, Montague

Court will incorporate one 3-

bedroom apartment and ten 1- and

2-bedroom apartments in the old

building, along with five new build

properties to the front and rear.

Kapex Construction, also one of

The Morton Group companies, is

carrying out the restoration of

Montague Court.

Business Development Director

at The Morton Group Chris Nunn

said: “This is a landmark building

which is viewed with real

importance to people living in

Hexham.

“We’ve spent a great deal of

time changing the look and feel of

the building, which was cramped

and not well laid out since it was

last used as a council building in

2016.

“With expertise in restoring

buildings of this nature, we’ve

retained as many of the historic

original features as possible, and

we’re delighted to be breathing

new life into an important building

and to restore it to its former glory.

“This is a really nice

development, close to the Abbey,

Old Gaol and Moot Hall in the heart

of Hexham market town, which has

fantastic views over the Tyne Valley,

with access to residents’ parking.

“We have an excellent tracked

record of delivering sensitive

restorations of Listed buildings and

have previously converted

Middleton Hall in Northumberland

and recently restored All Saints

Church in Newcastle.

“Hexham has a strong housing

market and we’re sure units in this

sought-after town will be snapped

up when they are released in early

2021.”

www.themortongroup.co.uk

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PROJECTS

Great Marlborough Estates acquires landmark

site on Chiswick High Road from Lendlease

In a major vote of confidence in

the London property market,

Great Marlborough Estates has

acquired Empire House, a vacant

office building overlooking Chiswick

High Road for redevelopment into

housing.

The deal, which was negotiated

during lockdown and is one of the

largest residential transactions to

take place since the start of the

coronavirus pandemic, will see 137

homes delivered, providing a range

of apartment types and townhouses.

Great Marlborough Estates

acquired the consented one-acre site

from Lendlease.

Great Marlborough Estates, a

RIBA award-winning developer will

revamp and extend Empire House, a

vacant office tower, to create 66

high-quality apartments, comprising

a mix of predominantly one- and

two-bedroom homes.

At Essex Place, which sits behind

Chiswick High Road, 46 apartments

and four townhouses will be built,

with a further 21 apartments

developed at the corner of Essex

Place and Acton Lane.

In line with changing consumer

tastes post-lockdown, each home

will benefit from private outdoor

space in the form of either a

balcony or garden.

Generous amenity space will

include roof terraces and an elegant

new facade being designed to

complement the area’s surrounding

townscape. At ground level, an

additional 9,000 sq. ft. of retail and

leisure space spread across two units

will be created.

Designed by Assael Architecture,

the development will be sympathetic

to the heritage of the surrounding

area, drawing inspiration from the

red-brick buildings and greenery of

Chiswick High Road, with a distinctly

contemporary look.

The townhouses will boast soft

red brick tones, reminiscent of the

area’s historic buildings, with large

windows to maximise natural light

and connect each home to the

surrounding public realm and

residents square.

Upon completion, the scheme

will make a significant contribution

to Chiswick’s public realm,

transforming the area between

Chiswick Park station and Essex

Place into a pedestrian-friendly zone

that will benefit residents and the

wider community.

Great Marlborough Estates,

founded by Grant Lipton and Dean

Clifford, is behind more than £1.5bn

of residential development across

London.

The company was the

development advisor behind the

restoration of John Nash’s Regents

Crescent, Regents Park into 67

luxury apartments and nine mews

houses, as well as recently securing

planning permission for the Zaha

Hadid-designed skyscrapers

overlooking Vauxhall station that

will provide a mix of new housing,

public realm and workspace and also

a hotel.

JLL advised Great Marlborough

Estates on the acquisition. Knight

Frank advised Lendlease.

Grant Lipton, co-founder of

Great Marlborough Estates, said:

“Whilst Covid-19 has undoubtedly

created some uncertainty, we remain

committed to the long-term outlook

for London and the capital’s

property market thanks to strong

underlying fundamentals. London

will remain a preeminent global hub

for business, culture and leisure, all

of which will feed into demand for

housing in the city.

“Acquiring this site in Chiswick

marks a significant milestone for

Great Marlborough Estates, further

expanding our portfolio across

London. Alongside providing high

quality, well designed new homes,

the redevelopment of Empire House

will further enhance Chiswick High

Road and open up new

opportunities for the local area

providing a great place for those

who live, work and visit Chiswick.”

Pete Ladhams, managing director

at Assael Architecture, said: “The

redevelopment of this site presents a

rare opportunity to reimagine and

reinvigorate this part of Chiswick in

a way that adds to the existing

heritage and green space. We have

enjoyed working with Great

Marlborough Estates to repurpose

the existing building to create a

unique residential neighbourhood

and a destination fronting on to

Chiswick High Road. Our design has

sought to remain contemporary, but

sympathetic to the heritage and

character situated on the bustling

High Road and tranquillity of

Turnham Green.

www.greatmarlb.com

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and distribution of a wide range of external wall insulation (EWI) systems,

polymer modified renders, silicone & acrylic thin-coat renders & brick slip

systems for the retrofit market.

Wetherby’s insulated render systems offer environmentally sympathetic external

façade solutions that have been successfully installed on many domestic

refurbishment projects, new build schemes, commercial buildings and

educational establishments for over 20 years.

With over 7 million untreated solid wall properties in the UK the government

recognise the urgent need to tackle this housing stock to reduce energy bills

and cut carbon emissions.

Following the clients choice of

insulant, Wetherby can then offer

a range of different renders and

polymeric coatings in an unlimited

colour range ensuring whatever

finish or colour the client wishes

to achieve we can match.

Complementing the render

systems Wetherby also offer a

unique brick slip system, allowing

the façade to match traditional

brickwork and increasing the

scope for design. Including our

new 7mm Brick

Wetherby operate through a network of approved installers, all of whom are

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Unique concept for the production of

flame-retardant wood

TIMBER BUILDINGS

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offers a unique package of

expertise where all parts of

the flame-retardant wood

production chain are gathered under

one roof.

"With our partner, we take

control of the entire process. We

guarantee our clients exactly the

quality they want," says Thomas

Bengtsson, CEO of Woodsafe.

As a purchaser of flameretardant

wood, it can be difficult to

gain an overview of the entire value

chain, as it often involves different

suppliers, sometimes in several

countries.

Woodsafe is now launching ALL-

IN-ONE by Woodsafe, a qualityassured

production chain where only

one player takes care of and

documents the quality of the wood

material, from raw material

preparation to final delivery.

"Architects and developers

struggle to gain insight and

determine the quality differences

between the various delivery options

for treated wood. Our ALL-IN-ONE

concept brings together the entire

supply chain for flame-retardant

wood under one roof and is a

premium choice for qualityconscious

clients," explains Thomas

Bengtsson, CEO of Woodsafe.

Woodsafe's ALL-IN-ONE concept

is a unique value chain where the

processing of wood raw material

into finished high-end products is

quality assured by the same supplier

at every stage. This clearly defined

concept is the foundation for the

any given construction project.

Excellence and quality assurance at

e.g. advice when purchasing, raw

materials, planing, sawing, profiling,

flame retarding, surface treatment

and the right documentation, are

clearly reflected in the end product.

The ALL-IN-ONE concept is

available through Woodsafe's

approved ALL-IN-ONE partner

Bäckegårds List AB, Located in

Burseryd in the countryside of

southern Sweden.

"Building with wood and taking

a chance on fire safety and the

quality of the wood just to find the

cheapest solution is not a good idea.

With ALL-IN-ONE by Woodsafe, we

ensure that the unique character of

the wood emerges with flameretardant

properties that are not

visible or that disrupt the overall

impression," says Thomas Bengtsson,

owner and founder of Woodsafe.

Woodsafe is part of a sustainable

value chain with trusted suppliers

and players. This provides unique

opportunities to satisfy set

sustainability goals while still being

able to give free rein to the

developer's requirements and the

architect's creativity.

"Wood as a building material is

bio-economic and promotes the

reduction of CO2. Woodsafe's

processing methods also guarantee

fire safety for residents as well as

enviromental benefits, adds Thomas

Bengtsson.

Thomas.bengtsson@woodsafe.com

www.woodsafe.com

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Wed 12th — Thu 13th May

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