Telling Architectural Ltd

Telling Architectural Ltd

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50-60 Station Road Cambridge

50-60 Station Road Cambridge

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GRCA Full Member Telling Architectural Ltd plays key part in award winning project. The well-established annual Schüco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation which recognises outstanding contemporary architecture throughout the UK and Ireland, awarded this landmark project, winner in the 2020 Commercial Building category – a category that was keenly fought, given that it attracted by far the most entries. Judge, Hazel Joseph of Allford Hall/Monaghan Morris, in her appraisal of the project, commented, “The technical prowess and the reinvention of a system by the trade contractor was really ingenious and really demonstrated a really strong collaboration between the design team and the contractors”. 50-60 Station Road offers state-of-the-art office accommodation in a building that could best be described as a hybrid of modern design that sympathetically identifies with the architectural heritage of its environment.This speculative office building, located within a delicate conservation area, provides a centre piece structure within a master plan. Occupying an area of approximately 15,000 m2, with a full height that achieves 34m, it creates the highest point amongst a boulevard of adjacent buildings and provides excellent views from its rooftop pavilions and terraces towards the historic city centre of Cambridge.Inspired by 1930’s Art Deco movement style, this development certainly does not come under the heading of a fast track project, given that submission of development drawings date back as far as 2011. Whilst the conception rarely changed it took several attempts and iterations to achieve the perfect balance that would not only identify with its location but also appease stakeholders and the local community. Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete was chosen for its durability and sustainability attributes in addition to it providing the perfect material that would replicate the tonality and look of soft stone and at the same time allow precise sculptural form. A key design decision in achieving this effect was to decide upon a base colour that would represent 50% tonality with the remaining panel areas being either 25% darker or 25% lighter than the base tone.    The elevations were then mapped out, and in so doing, created a deliberate random tonal pattern that would both imitate and compliment the quality of stone synonymous with Cambridge’s architectural heritage. Working in collaboration with façade specialist Dane Architectural enabled the design to be developed towards a light weight façade solution that combines GRC fin shaped columns and feature beams fixed directly over areas of the curtain wall grid system at locations where insulated panels were present. This strategy had several advantages, in the first instance a weather tight structure was provided early on in the programme, whilst the GRC façade option provided a much lighter solution that provided significant savings in both cost and time. The access strategy, based on mast climber platforms adapted to include lifting beams, enabled glazing and GRC panels to be hoisted swiftly into position.Further considerations to the GRC design included the decision to only use three different types of fin profile. This enabled both quality and consistency associated with maximising efficiencies with high repetition in the manufacturing process. The north elevation required little shading so the fin profile was quite minimal in comparison to those designed for the south. Here a higher solar gain ratio area to glass of 1:1 was required. On the east and west elevations the same profile was used with the ability to invert the fin and further create an interesting rhythm to the façade. Despite the numerous challenges identified and remedied during the lengthy time-scale from inception to completion, the building managed to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating. Yet another successful project that demonstrates the creative capabilities associated with GRC and the benefits that can be realised by early introduction into the design process. Client – Brookgate Property Main contractor – Galliford TryInstaller: Dane ArchitecturalEngineer: Mott MacDonaldArchitects: Grimshaw Scope of work: Grade 18P GRC 
Angel Gardens Manchester

Angel Gardens Manchester

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GRCA Full Member Telling Architectural provides GRC façade solution as part of a monumental landmark project for Manchester’s cityscape. This £154m primarily residential project, located on the site of Manchester’s first steam powered cotton mill, comprises 466 apartments in addition to 20,000 sq.ft of commercial space and underground parking. It boasts as being one of the UK’s largest build to rent developments and offers its residents a lifestyle choice that includes, social communal and entertaining areas, library, fitness centre, restaurant, cinema room and multi-use roof terraces that even includes a five-a-side football pitch.  The scheme is based around a 35 storey tower, the 3rd tallest structure in Manchester, which interacts at lower level with 3 mid-rise blocks to the perimeter. This creates a central courtyard that provides a communal area with semi-private interactive gardens. Energy efficient design measures, including daylight assessments to optimise natural light, enabled this project to meet BREEAM criteria. The construction phase faced many challenges and difficulties, not least, midway through the project, which saw the collapse of main contractor Carillion plc. The contract was swiftly placed in the hands of Caddick Construction, who saw the project through to completion whilst minimising delays. The project also identified the importance of engaging with a Manufacturing Member of GRCA International. The introduction of Telling Architectural ensured that the recommendations and specification for the manufacture, curing, and testing of grade 18P GRC were not only strictly adhered to, but in so doing, enabled best practice in the industry to be maintained.  GRC cladding has predominantly been used throughout on the 3 mid-rise perimeter blocks. Fine textured column and beam panels, have been used to picture frame glazed storey height elements adjacent to heavier textured recessed GRC infill panels. The use of different shades of white further enhances the colour separation between these two distinct areas.  Covering an area of approximately 7,000m2, over 2,760 panels were produced and supplied to accommodate the on-time just-in-time site installation programme during a one year time frame. High repetition of panel types maximised efficiencies in both the design and manufacturing processes. The success of this monumental project is attributable to the collaborative project management approach that embraced new ideas and innovative practices to accomplish its objectives.  Client – Moda LivingMain contractor – Caddick ConstructionInstaller– Certa Cladding LtdEngineer – Buro HappoldArchitects – Ryder ArchitectureGrade 18P GRC        
Birmingham University New Faculty of Engineering

Birmingham University New Faculty of Engineering

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GRCA Full Member Telling Architectural Ltd’s Innovative Brick Faced GRC and Plain Faced GRC facade systems, achieves the design brief as part of £47m Education Sector project. This state of the art 12,000sq.m specialist research and study facility, which comprises 5 floors including a double-height atrium feature, provides a new home of engineering excellence, that will enable staff, students, and researchers to collaborate with academics and industry. The external cladding comprises of 692 plain and 459 Brick faced GRC panels, which combined total approximately 4000sq.m of surface area.The design brief and challenge was to create a large and expressive form with large concrete fins over a cantilever, something that could not be achieved with dense/precast concrete. In addition to this, was the desire for a structure that would resonate with the rail industry, with the intention that the façade would be designed to have the same visual impact as railway lines and track signalling.  The solution to achieve these goals was to use a lightweight Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Cladding System with complimentary use of traditional and modern textures which would also provide the prerequisite visual impression of a structure that appears more solid and much heavier than it actually is. The innovation of Brick faced GRC, which removes traditional brickwork from the critical path and into off-site/modern methods of construction was challenged further by the creative design features proposed for this project. In this instance, traditional stretcher bond elevations, beams and column patterns also serve to picture frame traditional English bond features that are further accentuated with alternating expressed header bricks. Splayed and recessed panels when combined with plain GRC cills not only highlight the creativity in the design but also the three dimensional capabilities that GRC offers.     The combination of the specified Maranello brick and raked hydraulic lime joint mortar in addition to optimized modelling, results in a bespoke brick façade with a standard of finish that replicates the skills comparable to that of a traditional master brick/stone mason.  In addition to the challenges stated above, it is worth acknowledging that the final stages of the project, including the manufacture, delivery and installation of the GRC façade system, was completed on time and delivered safely during the Covid pandemic.  Another successful project that showcases the latest innovation of brick faced facades and is further testament to the capabilities of Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete.  Client: University of BirminghamMain Contractor: Wilmott DixonInstaller: Alucraft Systems LtdEngineer: ArupArchitects: Associated ArchitectsScope of work: 4000m2 Plain and Brick Faced GRC Grade 18P.
Borough Yards London

Borough Yards London

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GRCA Full member Telling Architecture Ltd demonstrates how innovative 21st Century Modern Methods of Construction can be used to replicate 19th Century, Victorian inspired architecture. The key to authenticity when replicating historic construction methods or styles, is care and attention to detail. Get it wrong and at best you create a poor pastiche of a bygone era. This was the challenge presented to Telling Architectural that required them to develop further the techniques they have already established and utilised in the design and manufacture of brick faced GRC, to create convincing complex 3D forms.This £300 million project nestled between iconic 21st century London landmarks including Tate Modern and The Shard, comprises mixed use buildings that provide offices, shops, gallery restaurant and cinema adjacent to the historic and world-famous food destination Borough Market.This project identifies heavily and sympathetically with its Victorian past. Brick railway arches have been re-purposed to integrate with the facades of retained warehouses in addition to new contemporary architecture that is weaved in amongst connecting pedestrianised yard spaces that creates a refined reimagining of a bygone age.Telling Architectural Ltd continue to innovate and develop the capabilities of Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete. The addition of real brick facings provides the Architect/Specifier with a whole new range of possibilities that they can consider as a means to achieve their creative goals. There is a huge demand for the skills of a brick mason that can replicate the standard of detail and workmanship specific to this project. Unfortunately, as a result of an ageing workforce and low intake of new tradespeople, they are in short supply and come at a premium. The construction industry has had to evolve and adapt to find a solution to this problem, in addition to having to rethink its approach about the way we build. All these issues can be addressed and remedied by introducing off-site/premanufactured innovations that remove key elements off the critical path and in so doing deliver sustainable solutions in an on-time/just-in time basis.In most circumstances the go to solution would be to utilise traditional precast concrete, however using Brick Faced GRC provides significant savings in weight and use of raw material, which in turn can lead to further added benefits in both the extent of groundworks and design of the structural frame.  For Borough Yards London project, the challenge to fabricate masonry elements that include intricate features such as faceted columns utilising cant bricks, splayed sawtooth pattern beams with brick soffit returns, the term masonry cladding falls short in identifying what has been achieved on this project - this is façade engineering of an exceptional standard. Proof indeed of the opportunities Brick Faced GRC provides, not just for contemporary architectural styles, but also as a means to maintain and preserve a part of London’s Victorian Heritage.  Client: MB Bermondsey LtdMain Contractor: Wates ConstructionInstaller: LesteroseEngineer: EvolveArchitects: SPPARC ArchitectureScope of Work: 776m2 Brick Faced GRC Grade 18P  

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