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#1 Bennerley Care Home, Ilkeston - Advanced Roofing with Tecu
The exciting challenge we faced with this project was converting the Architects concept of the contrasting elements of brick and natural bronze shingles into a buildable solution that met the aesthetic aspirations and technical requirements for a modern residential care centre.

The building consists of a duo-pitched rectangular box with cantilevering eaves and overhanging soffits complete with vertical support columns and it was necessary to overcome a number of technical challenges to provide the end result. The roofs were fully shingled and this extended down both long sides, in some areas down to ground. The transition between roof and wall was particularly interesting as it was necessary to overcome the change from purlins to SFS whilst incorporating a hidden gutter. Each end of the building had an extending eaves with matching bronze fascias which then returned back inside forming a picture frame appearance. Combining insulated and non-insulated soffit areas along with cladding around all 4 sides of support columns enhanced the overall look.

The end result provided a perfect example of the combination of modern metal construction design and traditional craftsman techniques enabling us to offer a well-insulated air-tight construction which complemented the contemporary look forming a palette of contrasting materials.

#2 Hotel La Tour, Milton Keynes – Speedclad with CGL Facades
The luxurious Hotel La Tour, on Marlborough Gate in Milton Keynes, will provide 261 bedrooms and 12,900 sq.ft. of conferencing space, plus an impressive 14th floor sky bar and restaurant with panoramic views and a panoramic lift transporting to the 43-metre-high top floor. The roof terrace will be constructed to a high load bearing specification capable of supporting the weight of a car to enhance its use for press-launches and events.

Occupying the highest point in the city, the development will demand attention with an eye-catching design, by pHp Architects, comprising a split tower clad with a stainless-steel mirror finish. A 30-metre diameter brushed stainless-steel circle will dominate the east facing façade. Hotel La Tour is set for completion in 2022.

#3 IQL Pavillion – Clearline with BTS Facades and Fabrications
The IQL Pavillion was designed by award winning Architects ACME, to say they have a stunning concept is putting it mildly. D&D London asked for an inclusive and inviting place to eat,drink and socialise. So they have a groundfloor cafe and brasserie, first floor restaurant and a roof top bar. The idea of this new addition to The area is to give the residential and commercial community an iconic venue to enjoy and relax in.

#4 Lampwick Quay, Manchester - Longworth Building Services with VM Building Solutions
Lampwick Quay in Manchester is ideally located beside the beautiful marina and less than 5 mins walk to the City Centre. The new development comprises of 213 homes, complete with a residents courtyard, on-site gym, 24/7 concierge and secure cycle storage.

On this project Longworth Building Services designed, supplied and installed the external wall facade and pitched roofing. A combination of VM zinc standing seam, interlocking plank rainscreen and Mosaik rainscreen systems were installed in various finishes, including the eye catching gold 691 zinc which is the only project to use this coloured zinc in the UK.

#5 Old Woking Independent Living (Hale End Court) - Roles Broderick Roofing with VM Zinc
Hale End Court is the latest new residential care home developed and implemented by Woking Borough council. A total build cost of 17 million pounds that was delivered on time and in budget. The development features 48 self contained modern apartments. The generous living space is designed to help elderly or frail individuals and couples to live independently in a comfortable environment. The building is enhanced by the use of contemporary design and materials to the external envelope. The majority of the external facade is traditional brick walls with Azengar and Quartz per weathered VM Zinc to the cladding and mansards. The diamond Zinc shingle format gave a striking finish to the facade especially around the open terrace areas. The building also obtained a BREEAM rating of "excellent" due to high level of sustainable materials used.

The project is located in a highly visible position and has become a real landmark for the local area.

#6 The Christie at Macclesfield - Longworth Building Services with KME
The Christie at Macclesfield benefits patients from Cheshire, the High Peak area of Derbyshire and parts of North Staffordshire who would normally have to travel long distances for their cancer treatment at The Christie. This means they will be able to receive their treatment closer to home. In addition to providing 12,500 radiotherapy appointments a year, The Christie at Macclesfield will transform cancer care, delivering local specialist access to chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care, counselling and complementary therapy and a wider range of clinical trials than at present.

Longworth were appointed by Vinci Construction to carry out the roofing and cladding package on the building, which included the eye catching Tecu Brass curved facade.

The complex shape of the building provided a number of challenges in regards to access of the different levels, setting out of the curved structure and interface details between different materials.

Overall the end result is a visually striking building, delivered on time and within budget. More importantly than anything else the whole team is extremely proud to have been involved in this project which will provide a fantastic facility for the treatment of people with life threatening conditions.