About this project
Build-Therm Services has delivered a bespoke façade solution to transform an outdated office building into a contemporary apartment block consisting of more than 430 individual units. With the building situated on one of London’s busiest commuter road’s (A406) and sitting at 22 storeys, its presence can be seen a great distance across the skyline of the Northwest London area.
The re-development of this outdated 1960s office building converted it into a modern, city worthy apartment block. Build-Therm Services was contracted for the design and delivery of the lightweight SFS, windows & curtain walling along with the external cladding. The latter being a fully bespoke design was the most challenging aspect of the project and was the reason why we decided to work closely with our supply chain from the early design stages.
The re-development features lightweight SFS, new windows, and VariAL H System (Aluminium) formed into bespoke ‘star’ shapes to enhance the façade of the outdated building. The finish to the building provides a fully secret-fixed system, delivering aesthetically flat, precise panels with no visible fixings. This technique also accommodates a multitude of panel shapes and configurations, offering ultimate flexibility in aesthetic design techniques.
As we were adopting tailored panel shapes and configurations, we engaged the supply chain in project meetings from the design development stage and decided to produce on-site mock-ups, not only to benchmark the façade for the client but also to try the design to ensure the process capabilities and confirm that the finished product worked and would meet the design criteria. With minimal design tolerance, this was an invaluable exercise that allowed us to resolve any issues and to adapt the design to accommodate the on-site installation of the façade system leading to several mock-ups being produced before we were satisfied with the results. Furthermore, it allowed the wider supply chain to have their input and ensure that they were happy prior to us commencing the full works.