In-house Facade Design

inhouse facade design

We have specialist in-house designers who are experts in facade design. We deliver complex and increasingly technically complicated structures for all projects across the UK.

 

Our in-house facade design team, work with architects, clients, contractors, and key supply chain to pull together the full envelope package, meeting the contracts specification.  By using industry specialist technologies, we have the full capability to design bespoke facades.

 

We advise on every stage of the development including:

  • Contract specification
  • Design and Materials
  • Acoustic and thermal performances
  • Technologies and capabilities of supply chain

 

As well as taking into consideration thermal and structural requirements we ensure installation and delivery of the desired facade design is achieved.

 

As the company and industry have grown this has enabled us to provide core knowledge to our staff providing in-house training to all design members. This ensures continuity and first-class delivery on all projects.

wembley point cladding

Case Study
Wembley Point
Project Summary

  • Light-Weight SFS
  • AluK Windows & Ash&Lacy Varial H Cladding System
  • Aluminium Cladding System formed into Bespoke Star Shapes

After receiving the architects’ drawings, our in house facade designers work with the architect, client, and suppliers to generate a 3D model for approval before progressing to full design development.

 

Due to the bespoke nature of the panels, once the concept was approved, it was essential to test the buildability before finalising the design. This process which involved several mock-ups on-site was invaluable to the project design development and led to several changes at the early stages to ensure that the concept could be brought to reality and to keep the construction simple for the delivery team.
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Key challenges with the project were:

 

  1. Jointing of the panels – Originally the building was designed without the central star shaped panel as a separate entity but rather a joint connection for the four interlocking panels however this practically did not work with the manufacturer struggling due to the weakness of the panel at the pivotal connection and the installation providing uneven joints due to a diagonal connection point.
  2. Installation Sequencing – Typically rainscreen systems are designed to be installed from bottom to top however it was decided that due to the mass of ties in the building that this would need to be completed in reverse. This created issues due to limited space for hooking the panels leading to an amendment to the connection and joint sizes.

This project is a great demonstration of how working with our in house design team and key supply chain worked together to achieve the client’s requirements and eliminate errors during installation. These benefits all assisted in accommodating this breathtaking façade.

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