Oxford Towers, Oxford

Category
Recladding, Regeneration, Remediation, Render
About This Project

Location 

Watford

Build Type

Refurbishment

Client

Willmott Dixon Energy Services Ltd

Completion Year

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this project

Build-Therm Services were contracted to undertake remediation works to improve the thermal performance and physical appearance of two high-rise tower blocks built in the 1960s in Oxford.

 

The design of the external facades provided each tower with its own identity whilst maintaining continuity through the vertical divides of the facades. The envelope solution consisted of external wall insulation with a silicone render finish and insulated aluminium cladding.

 

The construction also saw the integration of feature bands in the cladding and ashlar groove render. This provides a visual divide with the balconies delivering brightness to the facade. With the ground floor being a high-impacted area, the facades maintained a more durable finish in the form of brick slips.

 

Special Features

This project was one of our first high rise recladding installation developments. We were working in a live environment and ensured the safety of the residence. It was a highly anticipated project as part of a larger redevelopment, taking place after Grenfell, it was essential to provide A1 compliant systems.

 

Work Summary

  • Rockwool External Wall Insulation System (RedArt System) with a Silicone Render Finish to the External walls and a Brick Slip Finish (BrickShield System) to the ground floor;
  • Insulated Cladding to the internal balconies; and
  • Booth Muirie Opus Cladding System to the External Walls.