In an unstable landscape, we’ve been working hard to continue to provide the exemplary service our clients and supply chain partners have come to expect. Our solid experience and high-quality standard of finish has led to an influx of new projects from both returning and new contractors.
Securing new projects in 2021
Tony Hill, Managing Director at Eden Facades comments, “Continuing to win work at such a challenging time is testament to the hard work of our whole team. Building strong relationships with contractors and suppliers is something we take great pride in at Eden Facades, so we look forward to seeing some familiar faces, as well as making new relationships whilst completing our upcoming projects.”
With that in mind, we are embarking on some exciting projects over the next few months that we are pleased to share with you…
SFS in the City
Having previously worked on several projects with Berkeley Homes, Spring 2021 marks our continued partnership at a new site, Ergon House in central London, where our scope is to install lightweight steel framing (SFS).
The project involves installing stick built SFS roof trusses to the roof of this multi-storey, new-build residential block in the heart of Westminster. SFS has the advantage of being both lightweight but high strength, providing longevity and versatility. Needing little to no maintenance, manufacturing SFS off-site results in faster build times, making it a cost-effective building solution.
Stick built lightweight SFS roof trusses from Hadley Steel Framing were specified in this instance for their flexibility on site and economical design, reducing material wastage and overall costs. In instances where access and space are restricted, the Hadley Steel Framing is a fantastic option to ensure the structure can be built in the specified space, whilst causing minimal disruption to the surrounding environment.
Game, set and match in Wimbledon
Additionally, we will be embarking on new partnerships with main contractors; the first of which is a project in Madison Heights, Wimbledon, brought in by main contractor Brookhouse Contracts.
As with the Ergon House project, Madison Heights will involve installing lightweight steel framing by Hadley Steel Framing. The stick built SFS loadbearing structure will be built on the roof of an existing building to create new habitable accommodation. The scope of work includes adding insulation and sheathing board to the walls.
With many years’ experience installing SFS, there are clear benefits it can bring to a project when compared with other more traditional building methods. Other projects where we have installed SFS include Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and the Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford, which achieved a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating and is among the top 25% of new commercial buildings in the UK for environmentally friendly design.
Regeneration in Middlesex
Finally, we very much look forward to a high-profile project we will be starting this Spring with our other new main contractor, Weston Homes.
The Assembly Buildings, purchased by Weston Homes, form part of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, and were once the home of EMI, producing records by The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Weston Homes will be developing 181 newly built one, two and three-bedroom apartments on this historic and cultural site.
With a sub-contract value of over £2million, we will be providing terracotta cladding tiles which have been imported specifically to clad the three multi-storey residential blocks on the Assembly Buildings.
For large-scale structures like The Assembly Buildings, terracotta is a fantastic cladding solution that is a firm favourite amongst architects. It is not only an extremely high-performance material, providing thermal insulation, durability and sustainability, it is also a striking aesthetic choice.
The terracotta cladding will be fixed as a rainscreen cladding finish, with areas of the ground floor clad with perforated Polyester Powder Coated (PPC) metal cladding, adding depth, texture and dimension to the facade.
Rainscreen cladding systems are increasingly being used on prestigious new build and refurbishment projects. The variety of cladding materials available offers the specifier a broad range of colours and textures to achieve the desired aesthetic. Some striking examples can be seen at the Kendrick School project in Reading, and at West End Gate in London, where a decorative hook-on cassette cladding was specified.