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Best refurbishment project

#1 Derby Market Hall - Longworth Building Services with KME Tecu
Originally built in 1864 and located in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, the Market Hall is one of the city’s most culturally important buildings. Today, it plays host to a range of independent traders, with its wide variety of stalls encompassing niche food and drink offerings as well as local fashion retailers.

In order to extend the buildings lifespan and to counter structural deterioration that has occasionally forced the markets temporary closure, Wates Construction was appointed to deliver phase one of the project which would see the significant improvement to the buildings glazed panelling, copper roof and stonework.

Longworth were contracted by Wates Construction to design, supply and install new standing seam copper roofing to the central spine of the roof and 4 tapered curved corners.

Due to the shape of the building, an extensive and complex scaffold and temporary roof was erected to carry out the works as well as working on a temporary running safety line whilst at the top of the roof slopes.

Longworth were awarded Wates Quality and Service Award at the Midlands supply chain awards 2021 for the work carried out on this project.

#2 Fareham Leisure Centre - Hawkings Cladding with BBS Facades – Cheltenham
The refurbishment has seen the state-of-the-art facility feature a ‘Top Rock’ climbing wall for children and adults, a soft play area for younger children and an indoor splash pad that is suitable for those with accessible needs.

#3 IQ Steel - Precision Facades with RGB Facades
Cladding Remediation works to provide a safe non-combustible façade

#4 Landmark House - Starfish Construction with BTS Facades & Fabrications
The project used a specially created S and Z hanging system for the rear of the panels with Alucobond A2 Bronze Metallic for the face of the panels.

There was 690m2 face area of Alucobond panels in total, that showed no visible fixings through the use of the S and Z system attached to the rear of the trays. The fixing system was fabricated from solid aluminium ensuring everything in the panel was classified as A2 with fixings used instead of any bonding agents. The S and Z offers an interlocking option that can not be easily folded in ACM, instead using aluminium rivet fixed into the rear of the panels.

The materials were chosen due to their fire classification and ability to create a rainscreen system with no visible fixings. Aluminium composite material when in A2 form with a mineral core fulfills fire standards worldwide, the unique flatness over large spanning panels in unrivalled by other products in the marketplace.

The challenge of a refurbishment project is often keeping disruption to day to day activities as minimal as possible, this is something BTS and Starfish were able to do through the initial design that allowed for ease of install, and during the delivery stage to ensure the project was installed and complete in the timescale required. With the timescale required alongside the location and nature of being a working building to complete on time and budget with the finish achieved meant every partner was happy.

The project is one of many the two companies have collaborated on over the last 5 years, and I'm sure there will be more to follow.

#5 Minories Hotel (Canopy by Hilton) – Colorminium with Metalline
Originally an abandoned building located in Minories area of Aldgate, the Hotel would be poised to undergo an external transformation that would champion the local neighbourhood and celebrate London's East End.

Structurally the building as it existed, had imperfections that would need to be incorporated into the new facade, however, the existing concrete frame had to be retained to reduce the carbon footprint.

The architects final design would consist of over 1900 bespoke 3D twisted aluminium fins, which would form an intricate part of the external façade configuration. The full storey height feature fins that clad the existing pre-cast frame and bridge between the unitised glazing. These were designed to be fabricated off-site in 2 separate sections and unitised to give the speed of installation required that enabled the fit-out to commence as scheduled. This efficient strategy that was devised in the planning stages would benefit all stakeholders involved and deliver a cohesive and environmentally performing skin.

The building itself consisted of 3 different sections that need to be merged together, however the exterior would change angles so the design would need to be adapted to make the exterior look cohesive. Having worked with Metalline on previous projects, Colorminium was able to collaborate with them to make slight alterations to the size of the fins that would not impact the visual elements of the external design to ensure a seamless transition between the buildings.

Overall this project took nearly ten years to complete from its original conception, with the hotel finally opening in December 2021. Metalline was a part of the specification process from outset and became integral to the project in delivering the aluminium fins that would transform the exterior providing the results envisioned by the architect.

#6 The Filmworks - Berkeley Group, St. George with Architectural Panel Solutions
For a building with such status and heritage, both St. George and TP Bennett turned to rainscreen and framing solutions which would not only capture exactly the right image and retain the splendour of a bygone age, yet also stand up to the most demanding requirements. As a £100m mixed-use regeneration scheme comprises 209 new homes, a central square, lined with bars, restaurants, and featuring a double-height eight-screen Picturehouse Cinema (the biggest outside London’s West End) the demands and rigour placed on the building materials were to be immense.

Predominantly the use of recyclable, sustainable and highly durable rainscreen solutions and framing was sought. Petrarch engineered stone panels are created from 80% recycled by-product crushed stone and marble and have a life-span in excess of 50 years. It's A2 fire rating, high impact and graffiti resistant qualities also made it an ideal choice. The fact that it blends in perfectly with heritage stone was also one of the key contributing factors to the contractor choosing it as a preferred material.

#7 Tustin Estate - EQUANS Regeneration with Rockpanel
EQUANS brings together ENGIE’s UK & Ireland services-led activity under a new brand. All of our activity in technical services & facilities management, energy efficiency and regeneration are now part of EQUANS – along with our refurbishment, including building safety works, and specialist energy related capabilities: in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

The Tustin Estate scheme, delivered by EQUANS on behalf of client, Southwark Council, is part of the borough’s wider whole-estate, multi-million pound regeneration programme. The internal and external works undertaken delivered significant improvements to three towers blocks and the surrounding area; completely refurbishing the estate and delivering modernised, safer and more energy-efficient homes for more than 600 residents.

The programme consisted of three phases:
Phase 1: Comprising demolition of entrance/exit podiums and concrete repair works, construction of new carpark, and minor asbestos removal to TRA building
Phase 2: Internal works including new kitchens and bathrooms, electrical works, boiler replacement
Phase 3: Roof renewal and insulation, double-glazing, installation of cladding, construction of 13 new hidden homes to the ground floor, where podiums used to be
The scheme is an excellent example of collaboration between all stakeholders, particularly in response to challenges and delays presented following Grenfell, and the COVId-19, and also demonstrates innovation and a commitment to levelling-up through social value activities.

The external façade finish, with its colourful, iridescent, chameleon cladding is striking to observe, and combined with associated improvements such as new TRA facilities/external landscaping, the aesthetic transformation has reignited resident pride in where they live.

#8 West Cumberland Hospital Refurbishment (Blocks E & F) - Longworth Building Services with Genius Facades
As part of a larger refurbishment plan at West Cumberland Hospital, this phase provides a two storey extension to the existing hospital (phase 1), which was completed in 2015.

The redevelopment brings a huge upgrade in facilities for both staff and patients creating a much improved environment, whilst retaining bed capacity and services for the acute site. New facilities include 60 inpatient beds, encompassing Elderly Care, Step Down facilities and End of life care as well as a Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit, Assessment area and seven inpatient beds.

Longworth Building Services were contracted to design, supply and install a new powder coated aluminium rainscreen facade to the existing part demolished structure, including insulation, bracket and rail system, cavity fire barriers and associated colour matched flashings and copings.

The completed project provides much needed improvement in the visual appearance of the hospital, as well as additional thermal performance and fire protection.