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Best use of rain screen using specialist metal

68-86 Farringdon Road
Alufix with Spanwall

For nearly 50 years, Spanwall has invested in its people, systems, and products, to ensure it consistently delivers on its core values of innovation and quality.

By continually investing in digital software systems, Spanwall has led the way in design and development – producing the largest range of dimensionally accurate metal façade rainscreen panels in the industry and the widest range of materials and finishes. The company has delivered a wide range of signature projects in more than a dozen countries. Situated at the Northern End of Farrington Road, this is an innovative project that showcases just how far the area has come from its historic past. The recent opening of the Elizabeth line paired with the project’s proximity to the city makes it an attractive area to stay, work and live in and this project certainly taps into the vibrancy that the area is renowned for.

This project was carefully designed with the end user in mind. Sheppard Robson designed a building that transforms the landscape. This was an extremely challenging design intent and Spanwall collaborated with Alufix to bring that vision to life. Spanwall created two innovative rainscreen solutions that could be manufactured and installed in the most efficient way possible.

Spanwall manufactured and assembled the products offsite which provided a number of important benefits, not least was the ability to deliver a high-quality product within a much shorter time frame than would have been the case if the products didn’t come preassembled. As well as minimising on-site disruption, manufacturing the products offsite also minimised weather impact, keeping the products protected and enabling a rapid install.

Alder Hey - Catkin Centre & Sunflower House
Longworth Building Services with Proteus Facades

The newly erected Alder Hey Children's Hospital's Catkin Centre & Sunflower House boasts a remarkable design that's both functional and captivating.

The architects relied on Proteus Facades to bring their vision to life. The Proteus SR system on this project was supplied with over 160 of the panels perforated. All the SR panels manufactured by Proteus Facades were produced using a 2mm weathering steel finish, which adds texture and depth to the building's facade, creating a dynamic and visually striking appearance.

The Proteus SR system used in the Catkin Centre & Sunflower House is highly rated for its fire-resistant properties, which ensures the safety of the hospital's occupants. The system is also easy to install, compliant with CWCT standards and boasts a long-term low maintenance façade.

The chosen system allowed for concealed joints and hidden fastenings, ensuring that the exterior of the building remained clean and uncluttered, with no unsightly or visible fixings.

Installed by Longworth Building Services, The Proteus SR System features a Secret Fix hooking system that attaches each panel through specifically designed Proteus SR Hook Brackets, taking advantage of the system's spring-loaded tapped block feature.

Dyson Steam Building Gresham School
Drayton Windows with Proteus Facades

In order to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the new Dyson Building, architects Wilkinson Eyre specified Proteus HR solid and perforated copper cladding panels. The panels are in Aurubis Nordic Brown Light. Proteus guided the designers to this material because the warm, mellow hues within in the copper patina complement the decorative flint details on the adjacent school chapel elevation. This timely and knowledgeable intervention by Proteus results in a perfect blend of new and old.

By combining the perforated copper cladding with an exposed steel structure, the Dyson Building exudes a striking molecular ambience. This is further accentuated by perforated Proteus copper panels intersperse throughout the façade. Patterns in the oxidised copper Proteus cladding panels created by the Perforations further mirror the decorative flint details on the chapel elevation.

The perforated Proteus HR panels use ingenious horizontal stiffeners to ensure the panels can withstand the design and wind load. The perforated panels are attached to the curtain wall to create a seamless aesthetic with the floor to ceiling glass panels. This involved working closely with Drayton Windows, who we’re undertaking the cladding and glass curtain walling on the scheme.

Fulham Wharf
Winkworth Metal Roofing with VMZINC

Fulham Wharf has seen the transformation of derelict warehouses into a major retail and leisure destination, as well as providing much needed housing to the popular area. The installation of the zinc façade was a large-scale project which spanned several phases with completion in early 2023.

The architect specified standing seam zinc façades but wanted a grey colour zinc which fell between the pre-patinated light grey quartz-zinc and dark grey anthra-zinc. As a result, a bespoke pigmento grey was created for the project and due to the interest generated by its use, pigmento grey was later launched by VMZINC as part of its standard range.

The zinc standing seam cladding was chosen as a traditional form of construction and material to harmonise with the local vernacular of the area, coupled with the practical benefits of being lightweight and durable. The supermarket was ‘wrapped’ with a screen of residential townhouses with cladding which follows the form and scale of the existing warehouse buildings, rising in height toward the river, and providing a defined presence on the River Thames.

The 14,000 square metres of zinc façade was expertly installed by Winkworth Metal Roofing – traditional metal roofing contractors and a third generation family business. Coils of zinc were bent, shaped and transformed to meet the exact requirements of the job. Vertical panels were connected with interlocking seams and concealed fastenings. The bespoke nature of the installation required on site fabrication by skilled craftsmen and drew upon decades of experience and know-how.

The VMZINC has become a prominent feature of what had been one of London’s few remaining areas of undeveloped waterfront.

Lode Cottage, Fen Ditton
SSC Roofing & Cladding with 3a

ALUCOBOND NATURAL REFLECT was used on this project because of the extraordinary aesthetics. The products were bonded to aluminium sub frame.

Manchester College Theatre
Longworth with Rimex Metals UK

The Manchester College, the UK’s largest further-education college, provides courses for 16-19-year-olds, as well as older students. The £54m building gives creative-arts and digital media students access to the Jewel Box and a smaller 100-seat theatre venue, as well as film and recording studios, workshops, digital editing suites, and dance studios with sprung floors.

The client for the new building is LTE Group, an umbrella organization that operates the Manchester College as well as several other education establishments in the city. As well as the performing arts, the City Campus will provide a home for the college’s courses in computing, creative and digital media, hospitality and catering. Dedicated space will also be provided for sister organization UCEN Manchester, serving as a base for The Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School.

Longworth were contracted by the main contractor Willmott Dixon Construction to design, supply and install the roofing and façade package on the project, which included the cladding to the walls of the internal theatre which is also referred to as the ‘Jewel Box’. The value of the overall roofing and façade package was £3m, with the Jewel Box accounting for around £250,000.00.

Printworks Leeds City College
Marksman Roofing and Cladding with Belfry Façade System

The products used on this project were:

PERFORATED 2mm thick Corten A secret fixed "HOOK-ON" panels, 50mm deep cassette with 20mm joints in self weathering product (Euroclass A1) incorporating stiffening resistance where necessary. Fixed via black vertical FC rails using steel hooks and brackets subgrid to suit a 120mm void

SOLID 2mm thick Corten A secret fixed "HOOK-ON" panels, 50mm deep cassette with 20mm joints in self weathering product (Euroclass A1) incorporating stiffening resistance where necessary. Fixed via black vertical FC rails using steel hooks and brackets subgrid to suit a 120mm void

PPC LOUVRE PANELS - 2mm thick PPC secret fixed "HOOK-ON" panels with hole cut for louvre, 50mm deep cassette with 20mm joints in self weathering product (Euroclass A1) incorporating stiffening resistance where necessary. Fixed via black vertical FC rails using steel hooks and brackets subgrid to suit a 120mm void. Louvre supplied & fitted by others.

Rosebank Distillery, Falkirk
ISG with CGL Systems

Curtis Moore were delighted to be involved in this project working with ISG to install the Karrier panel, VMZinc roofing and cladding along with the associated cappings and trims.

The products were installed on aluminium top hats fixed to Eurobond external wall panels using mechanical access means. Certain areas were installed off scaffold.

With the restricted nature of the site and complexity of the process manufacturing equipment and reliance of other trades completing their works, programme was retracted from the initial intention however, works were completed to the satisfaction of the client and main contractor. The bulk of the installation period was during the height of covid restrictions which also had an impact on productivity.