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A contemporary rainscreen cladding solution for impressive London home

A contemporary rainscreen cladding solution for impressive London home

Cupa Pizarras

CUPA PIZARRAS has been heavily involved in the development of a new self-build residential property in North West London. The manufacturer was initially approached due to its range of natural slate façade designs, with its CUPACLAD 201 Vanguard system eventually specified to create an impressive and striking façade. Located in Dollis Hill, the property is situated next to a housing estate and opposite an existing slate clad facade, while views to the rear give the illusion of a peaceful woodland setting. The designers sought to create a family home with a high-end exterior finish that felt like an escape from London, while also working well with the surrounding structures. Early on, natural slate was identified as a material that could help to create an attractive contemporary façade around the rear, sides and the upper elevation of the front of the property. It was also crucial that the façade would act as a rainscreen cladding system so the project team approached CUPA PIZARRAS about its CUPACLAD natural slate rainscreen cladding. The project team visited Taylor Maxwell’s London Bridge showroom – the exclusive distributor of CUPACLAD in the UK - to discuss options with the Taylor Maxwell and CUPA PIZARRAS teams as well as view a CUPACLAD sample wall. This session helped to establish that the CUPACLAD 201 Vanguard system was the ideal solution. A fully BBA approved system, CUPACLAD 201 Vanguard is 100% non-combustible and offers a lifespan of over 100 years. Following the initial consultation, CUPA PIZARRAS worked closely with the project team, including carrying out a number of site visits. The use of CUPACLAD 201 Vanguard was kept in mind throughout the design process, with the dimensions of the slate determining the placement of windows, vents and corners. This meant that when it came to construction, it was a simple installation process with minimal wastage and resulting in a clean finish. The CUPACLAD 201 Vanguard system is constructed from horizontal aluminium profiles, mechanically fastened to an aluminium sub frame support. Once fixed in place, the rows of natural slate are clipped on, and in the case of the Dollis Hill property, using visible fixings to create an attractive pinstripe effect. “The product looks fantastic in-situ on this project,” commented Tom Ward, Cladding Product Advisor at Taylor Maxwell. “The dark grey slate rainscreen cladding provides a striking colour contrast with the refurbished light brown timber fencing and complements the property’s black aluminium windows and glazing.” “Natural slate is a great cladding product. Not only is it easy to install, but, as it’s natural, you don’t have to handle cost sheets for working with a dangerous material,” commented Ronan Glynn, developer at Talina Builders. “We carry out a lot of demolition and see a lot of old building products go to waste; so it’s also reassuring that slate offers such longevity and when it might eventually be sent to landfill, you know it will not harm the environment.” David Cooke, Business Development Manager at CUPA PIZARRAS concluded: “On a project like this we can be involved as much, or as little, as the project team demands. We can offer support from conception to completion and we always encourage architects and contractors to get in touch as early as possible, so like in the case of Dollis Hill, we can work closely to ensure a meticulous finish.” For more information about CUPA PIZARRAS range of products, including its CUPACLAD rainscreen cladding systems, please visit: https://www.cupapizarras.com/uk/rainscreen-cladding/
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Rainscreen Cladding at Lyons Place, Westminster

Rainscreen Cladding at Lyons Place, Westminster

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Lyons Place, Westminster, London NW8 8NLProject Type: Mixed Use Development Cost: £36m Products: S-Canopy SFX Soffit Cladding, SFX Rainscreen Vertical Cladding, SFX Soffit Cladding, SFX Support System, Circular Column Casings Finish: S-Canopy, Soffit & Rainscreen: Syntha Pulvin RAL 9002 Matt Grey WhiteColumn Casing: Syntha Pulvin RAL 8080 Matt Metallic Bronze Fire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible(Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018). Client: Almacantar Ltd Architect: Farrells Main Contractor: Galliford Try Sub Contractor: CCS Facades
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Vertical Rainscreen Cladding Panels at Chelsea Waterfront, London

Vertical Rainscreen Cladding Panels at Chelsea Waterfront, London

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Lots Road, Chelsea, LondonProject Type: HousingDevelopment Cost: £60mProduct: Rainscreen CladdingMeridian Wall CopingsShadex 150 Privacy ScreensPerforated Secret Fix Soffit Panels (To Balconies)Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7012 Matt Basalt Grey S4L0891: Qualicoat 2Fire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018)Client: CK Asset Holdings LtdArchitect: FarrellsMain Contractor: Rollecate Facades LtdSub Contractor: Rollecate Facades Ltd
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Rainscreen Cladding at Spreytonway & Moberly House

Rainscreen Cladding at Spreytonway & Moberly House

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Project type: Student Accommodation Location: Spreytonway & Moberly House, St Germans Road, Exeter, EX4 6TJ Project Cost: £41m Product: Meridian Coping System Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey Fire Rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018) Product: Rainscreen Cladding (Dales DF-System Panels) Finish: Powdertech Corby Peat Fire (Corten) Fire Rating:A2-s1, d0 (EN BS 13501-1). Architect: Willmore Iles Architects Contractor: Vinci Construction UK Ltd Sub Contractor: Longworth Building Services Ltd
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Commercial rainscreen cladding at Welcome Break services

Commercial rainscreen cladding at Welcome Break services

Technowood UK

A fast paced commercial project for Welcome Break motorway services at Newark. A2-s1,d0 fire rating was mandatory here, yet the design intent was to use wooden cladding to make the building pop from far away. Contemporary design with traditional materials are trending now, but often the strict fire regulations rule out materials that would be preferred. Technowood UK was able to supply a real wood veneered aluminium cladding that is compliant with all the regulations, and PSBK Limited was able to complete this installation in just 3 weeks.
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Rainscreen Cladding for new houses

Rainscreen Cladding for new houses

Sto Ltd

Located in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, Blar Mor comprises 117 one-to-four-bedroom affordable homes, which have been built by TSL Contractors. The main contractor partnered with AFS (Scotland) to deliver a durable cladding system for timber frame homes, removing the requirement for traditional construction.
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Cupaclad rainscreen cladding for the Split House, Essex

Cupaclad rainscreen cladding for the Split House, Essex

Cupa Pizarras

Located near Pett in South Essex, this family home combines sustainability with an eye on the future. The house, which has an internal floor area of 400 square metres, was completed in 2014, after a construction period of 18 months. The aim of Alma-nac architects was to create a building that makes the most of its enviable location in the natural environment, offering 360° views. The upper level of the Split House features CUPACLAD® 201 Vanguard, helping to prevent moisture in while enhancing the contemporary look of the house.
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Stone Cladding & Granite Cladding - 8 Salisbury Square, London - Limestone & Granite

Stone Cladding & Granite Cladding - 8 Salisbury Square, London - Limestone & Granite

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone & Giallo Veneziano Granite natural stone rainscreen cladding (Unitised). tp bennett was asked to refurbish the building to Grade A office standard. PROJECT: 8 SALISBURY SQUARE LONDON ARCHITECT: TP Bennett MAIN CONTRACTOR: BAM Construct UK INSTALLER: English Architectural Glazing & PAYE PRODUCT: AlterStone Unitised Moleanos Crème Limestone & Giallo Veneziano Granite CLADDING AREA: 800m2 COMPLETION: June 2016
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Stone Cladding - Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this High School development in Cumbernauld. ARCHITECT: NORR MAIN CONTRACTOR: Morrison Construction INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1,600m2 START ON SITE: February 2016 COMPLETION: September 2016
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Stone Cladding - Grand Union Studios,The Ladbroke Grove, London - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Grand Union Studios,The Ladbroke Grove, London - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this office development. ARCHITECT: AHMM MAIN CONTRACTOR: John Sisk & Son INSTALLER: Rollecate Facades PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Limestone CLADDING AREA: 400m2 START ON SITE: July 2015 COMPLETION: November 2015
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Stone Cladding - Elgin Place, Bath St, Glasgow - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Elgin Place, Bath St, Glasgow - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this student accommodation development in Glasgow. ARCHITECT: Church Lukas MAIN CONTRACTOR: Graham Construction INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1,110m2 START ON SITE: December 2016 COMPLETION: June 2017
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Stone Cladding - 30 Lombard St, London - Limestone (Unitised)

Stone Cladding - 30 Lombard St, London - Limestone (Unitised)

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding (Unitised). Lombard Street is a striking new office building in the midst of a Conservation Area and surrounded by listed buildings. PROJECT: 30 Lombard Street, London ARCHITECT: TP Bennett MAIN CONTRACTOR: ISG Construction INSTALLER: EAG PRODUCT: AlterStone Unitised Moleanos Crème Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1000m2 COMPLETION: August 2018
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Stone Cladding - The Engine Yard, Edinburgh - Sandstone

Stone Cladding - The Engine Yard, Edinburgh - Sandstone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Buff sandstone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this apartment development on what was once the city’s historic tram depot on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. ARCHITECT: Cooper Cromar MAIN CONTRACTOR: Allenbuild INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Buff Sandstone CLADDING AREA: 1200m2 START ON SITE: January 2018 COMPLETION: September 2018
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Stone Cladding - Baxter Gate, Loughborough - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Baxter Gate, Loughborough - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding with a slate plinth. Family-orientated leisure development at the former hospital site at Baxter Gate, Loughborough. ARCHITECT: Aros Architects MAIN CONTRACTOR: Gilbert Ash INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Limestone Black Slate CLADDING AREA: 1,200m2 START ON SITE: August 2015 COMPLETION: April 2016
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Stone Cladding - Brodick Ferry Terminal, Isle of Arran - Sandstone

Stone Cladding - Brodick Ferry Terminal, Isle of Arran - Sandstone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Red Sandstone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. The new Brodick Ferry Terminal opened April 2018 following completion of the £30 million infrastructure upgrade project, which has transformed the harbour area. ARCHITECT: NORR MAIN CONTRACTOR: George Leslie INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Red Sandstone CLADDING AREA: 1,150m2 START ON SITE: August 2016 COMPLETION: November 2016
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Stone Cladding - Vista, Nine Elms, Battersea - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Vista, Nine Elms, Battersea - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this Berkeley Homes Development. ARCHITECT: Scott Brownrigg MAIN CONTRACTOR: Berkeley Homes INSTALLER: Architectural Aluminium PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Medium Grain Limestone CLADDING AREA: 900m2 START ON SITE: February 2016
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Stone Cladding - Lockmeadow, Maidstone - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Lockmeadow, Maidstone - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. Refurbishment of the complete external façade at this entertainment centre in Maidstone. ARCHITECT: Mountford Pigott MAIN CONTRACTOR: MAC Interiors INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 500m2 START ON SITE: January 2017 COMPLETION: May 2017
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Stone Cladding - St Lukes View, Liverpool - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - St Lukes View, Liverpool - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Sandblasted Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. Student Accommodation in Liverpool bounded by two key conservation areas on a site that was formerly used as a multi-storey car park. ARCHITECT: Rio Architects MAIN CONTRACTOR: Bowmer & Kirkland INSTALLER: FK Facades PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Limestone Sandblasted CLADDING AREA: 350m2 START ON SITE: January 2017 COMPLETION: March 2017
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Stone Cladding - The Bridge, Farnham - Limestone

Stone Cladding - The Bridge, Farnham - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this high quality apartment development in Farnham. ARCHITECT: Re-Format MAIN CONTRACTOR: Kenham Building INSTALLER: FACE PRODUCT: AlterStone Moleanos Limestone CLADDING AREA: 600m2 START ON SITE: September 2017 COMPLETION: February 2018
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Stone Cladding - Kingston Plaza, London - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Kingston Plaza, London - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Eternal Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding for high quality student accommodation development. ARCHITECT: PRC Group DEVELOPER: CNM Estates INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Eternal Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 425m2 START ON SITE: July 2015 COMPLETION: November 2015
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Cedral Birkdale was chosen as the perfect answer to fulfil part of a complex and challenging rainscreen design

Cedral Birkdale was chosen as the perfect answer to fulfil part of a complex and challenging rainscreen design

Cedral

Birkdale fibre cement slates was chosen as the perfect answer to fulfil part of a complex and challenging rainscreen design. The new single storey training centre, consists of a fully grassed roof with ‘basket weave’ Birkdale slates used as a form of a raked rainscreen cladding to elevate the building.
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Hatfield Close and Gerrard House

Hatfield Close and Gerrard House

Telling Rainscreens Ltd

Following the devastating effects of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Hatfield Close & Gerrard House fell into the category of social housing buildings that needed to be reclad to meet safety standards and Terracotta cladding offered a solution that satisfied the required standards and ticked all the boxes. BackgroundOn the 14 June 2017, a disaster that shook the nation taking away the lives of 72 people, injuring many others and devastating families and a whole community became the core of public unrest and resulted in a mass scale enquiry that identified around 2,000 buildings over 18m tall clad in dangerous combustible materials in England alone. The cladding crisis exposed that not only did the buildings pose an immediate fire risk to residents but also saw flat owners facing building insurance premiums, extensive and costly remedial work and mortgage lenders deeming the properties unsafe and ceasing to lend money against them. The Grenfell tower tragedy resulted in the review of the building regulations nationally and internationally in countries including Australia, Malta and The United Arab Emirates and in a government pledge of over £5bn towards the remediation of fire safety problems in high rise buildings. The three Hatfield Close & Gerrard House blocks were identified as being clad with ACM, the cladding material used at Grenfell. The projectAlthough originally constructed as a concrete frame with brick infill sections, the Hatfield Close & Gerrard House buildings experienced weather penetration issues during the 1980s and the 1990s that led to a programme of improvements which included the introduction of an ACM rainscreen system in the 2000s which during the post Grenfell tall buildings cladding mass review was found unsafe. Only weeks later emergency works to strip the hazardous cladding began.  Although the primary objective of the project was to improve the fire safety performance of the three blocks, the project team took the opportunity to redevelop the buildings to also improve their aesthetic and structural and thermal properties. The nature of the project called for a holistic approach led by a multidisciplinary team which included Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, a housing consultancy firm that specialises in the social housing sector, social housing main contractor United Living, a Lewisham Homes & Fire risk manager, independent consultants and resident representatives. The team, with guidance from the planners selected terracotta cladding as the material of choice due to its non-combustible A1 fire rating and robustness. In addition to its essential non-combustible fire classification, terracotta offered a large range of tile colours, shapes, profiles and textures that gave the team design freedom and opened the possibility to improve the aesthetic appearance of the blocks at the same time as offering durability due to being a natural product with no synthetic dyes and a life expectancy of 60 years +. The terracotta cladding system offered the façade contractor Novo Facades a simple method that allowed them to deliver a clean and non intrusive installation process which was key as the residents were living in the buildings all along. The project became a construction referent of inclusion and savoir faire. It was a winner in the Inside Housing 2020 Resident Safety Campaign Awards, it was shortlisted for ‘Best Community Engagement’ and Won ‘Project of the Year £10 million to £25 million’ awards at the 2021 National Building & Construction Awards. SolutionTerracotta facade panels are one of the cladding resources of choice in the market because it is a natural and versatile material that gives architects freedom of expression whilst it gives cladding and envelope contractors the advantages of a quick and easy installation process. The Argeton system is one of the principal terracotta systems used worldwide not only because it is a natural and versatile material but also because it offers a technical and cost-effective solution for the residential, commercial and health and education sectors. Argeton is CE and UKCA marked and one of the most tested systems in the market including a BBA and an EPD. NHBC approved and not subject to any restrictions on building height or proximity to boundaries thanks to its Euro-class A1 Fire certification, it is no surprise Argeton is one of the materials of choice not only in new builds but also for refurbishment or re-clad. Durable and fully recyclable, ISO 14025 and EN 15804 (European BREEAM equivalent) certified, sustainability is at the heart of Argeton’s values. Argeton terracotta cladding systems are available in a range off the shelf and bespoke profiles, in lengths to suit and in natural, glazes, digital print and engobed finishes. https://tellingrainscreens.co.uk/profile-and-finishes/
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Award-winning Petrarch clad Ealing Filmworks

Award-winning Petrarch clad Ealing Filmworks

Architectural Panel Solutions

Capturing all the glamour and splendour of the roaring twentiesthis latest scheme takes to the spotlight. For the restoration of this magnificent building, St. George and TP Bennett turned to a rainscreen which would not only project the right image, yet stand up to the most demanding requirements.For a building with such status and heritage, bothSt. George and TP Bennett opted for a rainscreen solution which would not only project exactly the right image, yet stand up to the most demanding requirements. As a mixed-use development, comprising 209 new homes overlooking a central square, lined with bars and restaurants, and an impressive double-height entrance foyer to the eight-screen Picturehouse Cinema, 'the biggest outside London’s West End,' it was vital that the chosen rainscreen could withstand numerous vying challenges. Thanks to a comprehensive list of intrinsic qualities; including extreme weather resistance, durability, longevity, impact and graffiti resistance, as well as BBA, CWCT and NHBC 2021 certification, Petrarch ticked all the right boxes and exudes pure elegance with its smooth Alabaster finish.Petrarch enrobed Filmworks wins Best Refurbishment project at this year’s Facade AwardsWe’re extremely proud to share that The Filmworks has won the Best Refurbishment project at this year’s Facade Awards. This is the first year that Architectural Panel Solutions has personally entered the awards and we’re thrilled to have debuted as award-winners. We cannot, of course, take all the credit for this project; it is the result of a highly successful collaboration with Richardson Roofing, and talented architect tp bennett for our client Berkeley Group, St George.The Ealing Filmworks by Berkeley Group, St. GeorgeFor a building with such status and heritage, both Berkeley Group, St. George and tp bennett turned to a rainscreen and framing solution which would not only project exactly the right image and retain the splendour of a bygone age, yet also stand up to the most demanding requirements. Blending elegant aesthetics and exacting technical standards; our Petrarch engineered stone rainscreen facade offered the perfect balance.As a £100m mixed-use regeneration scheme comprising: 209 new homes, a central square, lined with bars, restaurants, and featuring a double-height eight-screen Picture-house Cinema (the biggest outside London’s West End) the demands and rigour demanded of the chosen building materials were to be immense.About The Filmworks, in the words of the architect tp bennettGiven the delicate restoration and the fact that this was a conservation area, it was important that the chosen facade retained an elegant and natural aesthetic.’A careful infill within an existing urban block, the scheme has been designed by tp bennett as a contextual response to the surrounding buildings in the conservation areas. Each perimeter facade is designed in a subtly different language, depending on the character of the particular street it is facing. The architectural language changes towards the interior, where the contextual red brick and stone have been complemented with a more contemporary materials palette, including dark blue brick with contrasting green-glazed brick inserts and bronze-coloured cladding laser cut with a distinctive, three-dimensional geometric pattern.‘tp bennett are dedicated to ’creative reuse‘ as a practice – ’our ethos is to re-animate and adapt redundant historic buildings to reinforce a unique sense of place within each project. With our in-house skills and experience to draw from – as well as access to a strong network of conservation specialists – the practice is in a prime position to animate the past and inform the future.‘Here’s what our esteemed installer, Richardson Roofing had to say about Petrarch panels and our level of customer service:‘APS were very easy to deal with during the purchase and logistics process, of getting the Petrarch engineered stone to site. They are very responsive to queries, helpful and went out of their way to assist in any way they could. The team really do know their products well and were very helpful. Despite this being a somewhat difficult site with delivery booking requirements, APS worked with us to optimise logistics for just-in-time deliveries.’Krissy Dawson (Contracts Coordinator)
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Rainscreen Panels with Relief Motif at Great Peter Street, Westminster

Rainscreen Panels with Relief Motif at Great Peter Street, Westminster

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Westminster, LondonProject Type: Housing & Retail unitDevelopment Cost: £7mProduct: Rainscreen Panels with Relief MotifMeridian Wall CopingsVertical KwikFix CladdingKwikFix Soffit Planks to Balconies & Winter GardensFinish: IGP Dura XAL 4201 Style 26 MetallicClient: Taylor Wimpey Central LondonArchitect: Darling AssociatesMain Contractor: McAleer & Rushe LtdSub Contractor: KTD Facades Ltd
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Atrium Gardens, Glasgow

Atrium Gardens, Glasgow

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: EMAStone: Bela SandstoneThis impressive new residential development consisting of 34 apartments is clad in Aztec Rainscreen façade finished in Bela Sandstone. This buff/blonde sandstone is a perfect match for the historical City of Glasgow and the surrounding Victorian tenements It follows on from the earlier use of this durable stone in North Street. Completed in 2018 and designed by KFK Design, Atrium Gardens is a new-build property with the rainscreen installed by Roof & Façade Systems and boasting its own refined, sleek and contemporary finish.
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Battersea Reach, Blocks H & J

Battersea Reach, Blocks H & J

Fusion Facades

Project Overview:Fusion Facades Limited took center stage in the design and supply of architectural aluminium solutions for Battersea Reach Blocks H & J. Set over 15 storeys, this development known as The Pinnacle comprises 88 apartments, featuring an exclusive collection of penthouses. Boasting exquisite features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies or terraces, and meticulously designed interiors by Broadway Malyan Architects, these luxury homes offer residents an unparalleled living experience with spacious layouts ranging from 613 sq. ft. to 3319 sq. ft. Fusion Facades played a crucial role by designing and supplying Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protection, and rainscreen cladding.Project Details:Scope of Works:Design and supply of Brise Soleil solar shadingDesign and supply of SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protectionDesign and supply of rainscreen claddingClient's Requirements:Battersea Reach Blocks H & J demanded architectural solutions that not only complemented the modern luxury of The Pinnacle but also accentuated the stunning riverside views. The client's key project requirements included:Architectural Excellence: A design that reflects the high-end luxury and modernity of The Pinnacle while seamlessly blending with Broadway Malyan Architects' interiors.Riverside Views: Solutions that enhance and frame the breathtaking riverside views from the apartments across all 15 storeys.Comprehensive Protection: Architectural elements that provide solar shading, protect flat roof parapets, and offer a sleek rainscreen cladding solution for the building.Fusion Facades' Approach:Fusion Facades Limited approached the Battersea Reach Blocks H & J project with a commitment to innovation and architectural finesse:Brise Soleil Solar Shading: Fusion Facades meticulously designed and supplied Brise Soleil, a solar shading solution that not only offers sun control but also adds an element of contemporary elegance to the exterior.SnapLok Capping for Flat Roof Parapets: The SnapLok Capping solution provided by Fusion Facades served a dual purpose, offering protection to flat roof parapets while contributing to the overall sleek aesthetic of the building.Rainscreen Cladding: Fusion Facades delivered a rainscreen cladding solution that not only offered weather protection but also added texture and depth to the building's facade, enhancing its visual appeal.Results:Fusion Facades Limited's design and supply contributions to Battersea Reach Blocks H & J yielded outstanding results:Architectural Integration: The Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping, and rainscreen cladding seamlessly integrated into The Pinnacle's modern luxury aesthetic, enhancing the overall architectural excellence.Riverside Views Accentuated: The carefully considered design of Fusion Facades' solutions accentuated the stunning riverside views from all 88 apartments, contributing to the overall appeal of Battersea Reach Blocks H & J.Comprehensive Protection: Fusion Facades not only provided architectural elements for aesthetic enhancement but also ensured comprehensive protection with the SnapLok Capping and rainscreen cladding solutions.Conclusion:Fusion Facades Limited's design and supply of Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protection, and rainscreen cladding for Battersea Reach Blocks H & J exemplifies their commitment to architectural excellence. This case study underscores the importance of expertly designed and supplied solutions in achieving a harmonious blend of luxury, functionality, and breathtaking views in modern residential developments. Fusion Facades' role in Battersea Reach Blocks H & J stands as a testament to their ability to elevate architectural aesthetics to new heights.
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Lancaster Fire Station

Lancaster Fire Station

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Frank Shaw AssociatesMain Contractor:  John Turner Construction GroupInstaller: Cubic FacadesLancaster Community Fire and Ambulance station was the first purpose built integrated fire and ambulance station in Lancashire. Designed by Frank Shaw Associates the project involved the construction of a new appliance bay while the facility remained fully active. Accommodating 2 fire engines, 7 ambulances and the North West Blood Bikes team. The bays are clad in Aztec Rainscreen faced with Peakmoor Sandstone in keeping with the area.Completed in September 2018 the stations Aztec cladding was fixed by Cubic Facades and has had excellent reviews including a commendation at the Lancaster & District Design Awards 2019.
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Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews

Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: WCP ArchitectsMain Contractor: AcreoInstaller: MetalTech Roofing and Cladding LimitedThe 42,000 (3,900 m2) six-storey Rusacks Hotel extension has created 44 more bedrooms to the west of the existing hotel including a roof-top bar and restaurant, all overlooking the 18th green at The Old Course in St Andrews.The £7m extension was built with some 1200 sqm of Aztec Rainscreen façade finished in Peakmoor Natural Stone. The 128-year-old MacDonald hotel in the home of golf was designed by Scottish firm WCP Architects and raises the bar for luxury in St Andrews. Installation was by MetalTech Roofing and Cladding Limited.
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Bradford Royal Infirmary

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Broadway MalyanContractor: BAM ConstructionStone: YorkstoneThe £28M new Broadway Malyan designed Bradford Royal Infirmary Children’s Ward has now been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.The new wing, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised with the top honour at the Local Authority Building Control awards for West Yorkshire at Wakefield Unity Works. The Children’s ward is clad in Aztec Rainscreen with a façade of our local Yorkstone.Aztec was chosen because of its similarity to other local buildings and for its speed of installation. Bam, having used the system before were confident of Stone Cladding Systems ability to deliver a quality system on time. 
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New Waverley, Edinburgh

New Waverley, Edinburgh

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Allan Murray AssociatesMain Contractor: Cruden Home (East) Ltd.Installer: MetalTech Roofing and Cladding limitedAllan Murray Architects were the master planners and principal architects for the £150 million transformation of the former Caltongate area in the Old Town in Edinburgh. The site links Waverley Station with the historic Royal Mile, Covering approximately 7 acres this new urban centre mixes open spaces with retailers, restaurants, hotels and new homes and offices in this important area of the Edinburgh. Peakmoor was the stone of choice as it has a long history in the City.The project presents a major new Aztec rainscreen facade in the Peakmoor sandstone with balconies and a fully glazed iconic feature tower. A truly wonderful building with flexibility; lightweight, A1 non-combustible Aztec Natural Stone Cladding.
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Westfield London, White City

Westfield London, White City

Knauf Insulation Ltd

CHALLENGEWestfield, the world’s largest listed retail property company, is set to change the face of retail in the United Kingdom with the opening of its new flagship development – “Westfield London” – at White City, London.Beneath a spectacular, undulating glass roof, the £1.6 billion Westfield London destination combines over 150,000m2 of retail, restaurants, cafes, bars and leisure facilities to create the ultimate shopping and leisure destination.Westfield London will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment and regeneration of the wider White City area with a further £1billion investment expected in the immediate vicinity over the next 10 years.SOLUTIONKnauf Insulation supplied Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab as part of the rainscreen cladding system to the external stone clad façades of the development and internal stone clad stairwell and elevator areas. The specification of Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab provided both performance and installation benefits to both client and specialist installing contractor.Rock Mineral Wool has a Euroclass A1 reaction to fire classification to BS EN ISO 13501- 1, the highest classification available. With rainscreen cladding incorporated into building design fire performance is particularly important and, as such, a non-combustible component such as Rock Mineral Wool provides the ideal prevention against the spread of fire. The non-combustible nature of rock mineral wool ensures that it will not burn, will not give off toxic smoke and will not suddenly ignite in a fire due to ‘flashover’.Another key specification element related to the speed and ease of installation. The required thermal performance of the building was dependent on the correct installation of the specified insulation product. Rocksilk® RainScreen Slabs are easy to install down to their superior workability ensuring installation stayed within the tight time constraints. Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab is treated with a water repellent additive to ensure the building structure is protected against rain penetration and it can also be installed with either face adjacent to the sub structure.Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab provides an additional benefit for the installing contractor as it is designed to adapt to minor imperfections in the building’s substructure. The rock mineral wool product ‘knits’ together, ensuring intimate contact between slabs ensuring all joints are closed and thermal efficiency is maximised.Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab has excellent acoustic properties, which contributed towards the acoustic performance of the structure in order to comply with both sound insulation and sound absorption requirements.What’s more, individual packs of Rocksilk® RainScreen Slabs are compression packed together in Knauf Insulation’s innovative packaging method, Supakube. The advanced compression technology and strong packaging materials ensure the product is easy to transport and store, reducing environmental impact and causing minimal disruption on site and the surrounding area.
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A3 New Bailey, Manchester

A3 New Bailey, Manchester

Knauf Insulation Ltd

When completed, A3 New Bailey in Manchester will be one of Europe’s greenest buildings. Not only has it been designed to achieve the toughest sustainability ratings, it will also feature Europe’s largest living wall. But as with any innovative project, it presented some major challenges when it came to the specification of the rainscreen façade system. Meeting the target U-value Lester Cladding NW Ltd were responsible for the design and build of the façade. A rock mineral wool product with a thermal conductivity of 0.035 W/mK had been specified. But when conducting the calculations, they instantly ran into a problem. An insulation depth of 240mm was required to achieve the U-value of 0.15W/m2K.  Jamie Simm, Operations Director at Lester Cladding NW Ltd explained: “There was a strict external and internal boundary, so we needed to keep the façade wall build-up within those measurements. But the amount of insulation needed to meet the target U-value increased the depth of the wall, pushing it over the boundary line.” When looking for an alternative solution, the company approached Knauf Insulation’s Project Specification Team to discuss the brief. As well as meeting the thermal performance requirement, the insulation needed to comply with building regulations that ban the use of combustible materials in the external walls of certain buildings over 18m tall. It also needed to help reduce noise and meet the project’s sustainability targets.  After running 3D U-value calculations, Knauf Insulation’s Technical Support Team recommended 170mm Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab for the ventilated façade, a rock mineral wool insulation which has a thermal conductivity of 0.034 W/mK. For the Steel Frame System (SFS), they recommended 150mm OmniFit® Slab 35, a glass mineral wool insulation with a thermal conductivity of 0.035 W/mK.  This combination reduced the thickness of the wall build-up by a significant 70mm, ensuring the U-value could be met within the required parameter for the wall build-up. Simms said: “Not only did Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab offer superior U-value performance for a slimmer profile, it reduced costs across the whole build. As well as reducing the quantity of insulation required, we could use smaller helping hand brackets and thinner fire barriers for example. It was the product that steered the job through.” In addition to achieving the required thermal performance, both products are non-combustible with a Euroclass A1 reaction to fire classification. This means they will not add to the development or spread of fire, so comply with the building regulations. Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab is also British Board of Agrément (BBA) certified for use in buildings of any height and for the broadest range of thicknesses and build-ups of any rainscreen solution on the market. Mineral wool also has an open fibre matrix, which means it has sound absorbent properties. The insulation will help to reduce noise from the busy city centre location and from disturbing residents. Project complexity The choice of insulation was not the only challenge for the build. There is no template for supporting Europe’s biggest living wall. So, Lester Cladding NW Ltd needed to draw on their own extensive knowledge and expertise, as well as that of the whole supply chain to create a bespoke solution from the ground up.   One problem with this approach, was that every potential solution impacted another aspect of the façade build-up. To overcome this, Lester Cladding NW Ltd took the unusual step of arranging a meeting between representatives from eight different design and manufacturing partners. Together they discussed the whole system ‘screw by screw’.  “Getting everyone sitting around the table meant that all our manufacturing and design partners were completely engaged. They understood what we were trying to achieve, and all worked together to find the best solution.” There was one particular factor that could affect the insulation – water. While a living wall utilises planting schemes that thrive in drier conditions, a 4,000m2 living façade still requires a lot of watering – something that could introduce lots of extra moisture into the system. Knauf Insulation’s Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab has a water-repellent additive that promotes water run-off and ensures the slab will maintain its integrity. A traditional façade system prevents the insulation from getting saturated by rainwater, while the ventilation reduces the build-up of condensation and allows the insulation to dry out if it does get wet.  However, the water-repellent additive does not make the insulation waterproof, so it needed protection from the constant flow of water from the irrigation system. As a result, an additional breather membrane was installed to prevent moisture from penetrating the façade system and affecting the insulation. Sustainability A3 New Bailey has been designed to UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Framework and WELL Building Standard principles, as well as to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and Wired Score Platinum ratings. This meant the sustainability of the construction materials themselves was also important.  Here Knauf Insulation’s products ticked all the boxes too. Its glass and rock mineral wool insulation are made from materials that come from either naturally abundant sources or are recycled. For example, its glass mineral wool is made with upto 80% recycled glass from locally collected and processed household bottles and jars. Glass mineral wool has the lowest levels of embodied carbon of any mainstream insulation material. So, combining the use of both Knauf Insulation glass and rock mineral wool meant that the insulation solution for A3 New Bailey had less embodied carbon than a traditional all-rock insulation solution. Both products are also manufactured with ECOSE® Technology, Knauf Insulation's unique bio-based binder that contains no added formaldehyde or phenol. ECOSE® Technology is made from natural raw materials that are rapidly renewable and is 70% less energy-intensive to manufacture than a traditional binder. They also generate low levels of dust and VOCs and have been awarded the Eurofins Gold Certificate for Indoor Air Comfort. This contributes to the health of both installers and residents. Its entire glass mineral wool product range is also Declare Red List Free, which means that it does not contain any harmful chemicals on the ‘Red List’.  Thanks to Knauf Insulation’s advice, technical support and high-performance insulation solutions, Lester Cladding NW Ltd was able to deliver the rainscreen façade for A3 New Bailey – and with it, Europe’s largest living wall.
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Flimwell Park - NORclad Lite treated British Larch, EuroClass B Fire Treatment - Timber Cladding

Flimwell Park - NORclad Lite treated British Larch, EuroClass B Fire Treatment - Timber Cladding

NORclad Limited

NORclad have been supplying the timber cladding on this project over the past couple of years, a mixture of Tongue and Groove boards, feature fins, and open rainscreen profile.Areas for accommodation and high footfall required to also receive EuroClass B fire treatment.A HomeGrown Larch was selected for this project, having a fair spread of knots and character to be in keeping with its surrounding, a great example of selecting a suitable timber species that fits. Potentially if a timber with a lower knot content, or less defined grain would not have worked as well as this, in these natural surroundings.With English Grown Larch only being classified as slightly/ moderately durable by TRADA, the decision was made to use a high pressure treatment on all of the timber supplied for this project. NORclad Lite preservative treatment was selected, which allows the timber to naturally weather down to the silver grey as you’d expect from timber after being exposed to UV light, the treatment also offers a 30 year warranty against rot & insect attack.
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Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Sevenoaks

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Sevenoaks

Knauf Insulation Ltd

“How good is Knauf Insulation’s specification and technical support? Let’s put it this way, I’ve used Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab for every façade project since.”- Nikesh Patel, Façade Design Manager at A2O Cladding The Weald of Kent Grammar Annexe extension is a new three-storey satellite facility for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys in Sevenoaks. It comprises state-of-the-art classrooms for a cohort of 90 boys. A2O Cladding were appointed by Willmott Dixon to deliver the technical design and installation of the façade, which is finished with a white and grey silicon render set against a red Corium brickslip façade. One of their first tasks was to finalise the insulation specification based on three key requirements: thermal performance, non-combustibility and sustainability. Meeting the thermal performance challenge The first factor, the thermal performance of the rainscreen façade system, initially proved more difficult than expected. Nikesh Patel, Façade Design Manager at A2O Cladding explained: “U-values provided by the architect for a rainscreen façade system are a bit belt and braces because they’re based on assumptions. So, once we’ve confirmed the sub-structure, we redo them to ensure they’re an accurate representation of the building’s thermal performance.”   “The problem is the manufacturer we were working with couldn’t deliver the U-value of 0.18 W/m2K because they didn’t have the right software.” For most applications, the simplified methodology used for calculating U-values is sufficient. But it is not recommended for rainscreen façade systems, because it does not take into account the complex interaction between the Steel Frame System (SFS) and the insulation. Instead, a blanket correction factor is applied, which can lead to the over-specification of insulation – as it had in this case. To prevent this, 3D U-value calculations should be used. They thermally model the build-up based on the complex interaction between the insulation and the rails and brackets. This ensures greater accuracy giving the specifier a true picture of how the build-up will perform after construction, so it matches its design. But most manufacturers don’t have the capability to undertake these complex calculations in-house, so outsource the service to a third party at a cost to the contractor. Before they went down this route, A2O Cladding asked project architect Bond Bryan for advice, who suggested they contact Knauf Insulation.  “We’d not used Knauf Insulation before so didn’t know the standard of their technical support. The biggest tick in the box was they do free 3D U-value calculations – it really helped to keep the project on track.”  Using these calculations, the Knauf Insulation Technical Support Team recommended Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab for the façade insulation. The product has a thermal conductivity of 0.034 W/mK and crucially, a depth of just 150mm would meet the required U-value.  They also recommended 150mm of Rocksilk® EWI Slab with a thermal conductivity of 0.036 W/mK to insulate the rendered external walls. A2O Cladding also decided to use Knauf Insulation’s OmniFit® Slab 35 to insulate the junctions at roof level to ensure continuity of insulation. Fire safety at every height All three products have the best possible Euroclass A1 reaction to fire classification, so will not contribute to the development or spread of fire, should it occur. This meant they met the second specification factor, non-combustibility.  “The Annexe extension is under 18m tall but that would never influence our choice of insulation material. The A2O ethos is that we don’t touch combustible stuff when there are suitable non-combustible solutions available. I mean why would you introduce that risk? Using Mineral Wool insulation gives us, and the school peace of mind.”  Patel goes on to explain that Willmott Dixon has a reputation for quality and will only authorise the use of tested and certified systems. “As the façade contractor, it’s our job to ensure the quality of the supply chain. The fact that Rocksilk® RainScreen Slab is BBA certified for use in high rise buildings and for so many different build-ups meant it met the rigorous standards demanded for the project.” A focus on sustainability But choosing suppliers isn’t just about performance and fire safety. The third factor in the specification process was sustainability.  “As we finalise the technical design, we need to provide Willmott Dixon with a Technical Submittal for every product, and this includes details of its green credentials. It was another example of how Knauf Insulation makes things simple for contractors. They have EPDs for every product and all the relevant ISO standards, so our insulation specification sailed through.” As well as producing products that improve the thermal efficiency of buildings, Knauf Insulation has been taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint of its products. One example of this is its unique bio-based binder, ECOSE® Technology, which contains no added formaldehyde or phenol. ECOSE® Technology is made from natural raw materials that are rapidly renewable and is 70% less energy-intensive to manufacture than traditional binders, so it is more environmentally friendly. From technical support to performance and sustainability, Knauf Insulation scored top marks in all categories – which meant that A2O Cladding didn’t need to compromise on any of their specification requirements or criteria. 
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Great West Quarter (GWQ), London

Great West Quarter (GWQ), London

Sotech Ltd

Sotech worked with installers Stanmore on the Barrett Homes Residential Development Westgate House, which was a £500 million mixed-use regeneration project, designed by London-based Assael Architecture and located in Brentford, Middlesex. Westgate House is an NHBC (National House Building Council) project, and Sotech initially became involved in the project because the original specified cladding did not fit NHBC requirements. To provide an alternative, we worked with installers Stanmore to specify our Optima IPC Interlocking Pressed Plank Rainscreen cladding system for the project, which is both NHBC approved and full independently CWCT tested.Over 2000sqm of secretly fixed Interlocking Pressed Plank panels were used on the Westgate House development. 4 different colour panels were specified; 3 with a matt powder-coated finish and one using a bespoke, pre-coat, high gloss special finish.The combination of a series of PPC matt panels arranged in bands, combined with a reflective high gloss panel stripe created a sophisticated, modern appearance for the building’s exterior.There were some design challenges involved in this project, but all were tackled successfully through the development of bespoke areas of the system. Initially, Sotech had to develop a new, bespoke joint method between the Optima IPC rainscreen cladding panels to avoid slab deflection because a lot of the panels spanned floor slab areas. These customised joints allow the panels to move between the slabs like a damper while maintaining a pristine exterior.For the curved area of the building, Sotech developed a bespoke substructure for the Optima IPC panels with a different panel depth than that used for the flat rainscreen cladding. This involved setting the grid behind the IPC panels differently to the rest of the project, ensuring a seamless line from the flat areas to the curved areas. Although it was a complex design challenge, the solution was effective and ensured a uniform, flawless appearance.Our secretly fixed Optima IPC system was specified in particular because the long narrow panels were ideal for bringing the architect’s vision to life, and because it could be easily adapted where necessary.As well as the IPC rainscreen cladding, Sotech provided all the fascias and soffits required for the development.Westgate House involved the regeneration of iconic Grade II listed Art Deco building Wallis House and the construction of over 800 residential apartments spread across 17 new buildings.The site used advanced construction techniques to minimise waste and also ensured that homes benefit from solar panels and other renewable energy techniques.In addition to new housing, the Westgate House development also offers communal gardens, a health and fitness centre, a convenience store, a medical surgery and hotel, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants.The training facility and showroom at Sotech is open to specifiers and contractors, where all of our Optima Rainscreen Systems are on display alongside the widest selection of materials and finishes, including pre and post coat aluminium, ACM, Copper, Zinc, Stainless Steel and Anodised.
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Downer Framing Launches a new free framing tool

Downer Framing Launches a new free framing tool

Architectural Panel Solutions

Downer Designer helps contractors and specifiers design and cost rainscreen framing systems.A next-generation, dedicated, free-to-use platform for the real-time development, creation and costing of rainscreen cladding framing designs has been launched by leading UK manufacturer Downer Framing.Downer the original Helping Hand framing solution was one of the first rainscreen cladding framing systems on the UK market. BBA approved, tested to the extreme and officially Made in Britain, in its factory near Hastings, it set the benchmark in 1988.Now the company has launched Downer Designer – a free-to-use online tool which enables contractors, installers and specifiers to outline their project-specific rainscreen requirements to generate optimised framing designs. All of which is stored and managed in their own personal online account.Users simply enter the information they know, along with any detail-specific needs for new build or refurbishment projects in the commercial, education, healthcare, retail, leisure and transportation sectors. The technical team at Downer Framing will then provide: static and thermal calculations (up to 10 static calculations per project element), relevant costs, optimised component and fixing configurations, and NBS specification. All of which can be printed off or saved as a pdf. The user process can take as little as 10 minutes, and the Downer Technical team aim to have a Project Pack ready within just 24 hours.The interfacing software which Downer Designer connects with is created by a team of specialist structural engineers. The user-friendly platform enables contractors, installers and specifiers to optimise even the most complex rainscreen framing projects from the very first instance, saving the design team not only money, but time and inconvenience.Information required ranges from building height, cladding area, wind load references and construction type, through static calculations such as product type, panel thickness and weight, horizontal fix centres, and facade/soffit, to cavity depth, rail lengths and cantilevers, substrate, stud grade and centres, wall build up and target U-values.Juan Barato, Downer Framing’s Technical Manager (part of Architectural Panel Solutions - a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of rainscreen systems and solutions) reflected: “While we focused on building our framing systems portfolio, we also realised we needed to help our customers design and price those systems, so Downer Designer was developed to do just that in the quickest and easiest way possible. Trials have proved we have got the balance just right.”Downer Designer enables framing specifiers to access a dedicated space to cost their framing projects quickly and easily. Downer Designer brings everything a customer could potentially want into one place. All new Downer Framing systems can be selected and costed in real-time, with optimised quotes aimed to be returned by our technical team within just 48 hours!

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