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Building Products January 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | EXTERNAL ENVELOPE Cool deals for wheels in Texas 26 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JANUARY 2018 Topping off an awardwinning development The award-winning Crossway development in Widnes, Merseyside, employs the Innofix clip developed by Redland – UK manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – and two of its tiles to achieve a weatherproof envelope in the shortest time possible. Designed by Denovo Design of Liverpool for the Halton Housing Trust, the small estate was a winner at the 2017 Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage, and also a finalist in the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) NW Awards, in two categories, Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development and Best Small New Housing Development. Redland Grovebury double pantiles in slate grey and Redland DuoPlain interlocking plain tiles in blue were used on the 12 plots on the site to blend in with the surrounding area. Developed for the entire range of Redland’s concrete interlocking tiles, the Innofix clip needs no tools at all and meets the increased fixing requirements set out in BS 5534, the British Standard Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling. With pitch performance down to 250, DuoPlain tiles are said to ‘create new design possibilities without compromising their traditional plain tile appearance’. www.redland.co.uk A roof with a fresh perspective As part of a recent conversion from a flat roof to a pitched roof of one of its buildings in Greater Manchester, the New Charter Group housing association has specified the eco-active Decra Noxite steel tile system, the latest product from the Decra brand, part of Icopal. The property on Grosvenor Street in the Tameside area is a mixeduse building with residential flats located above retail space. Due to the age of the flat roof, it had begun to suffer from significant degradation and needed to be replaced. In consultation with Decra, a flat to pitched roof conversion was selected as the best approach to solving the current issues. Icopal’s FTP system that was specified consists of a bespoke, lightweight steel frame, which is made of standard components. Mike Leigh, sales director for Decra commented: “The Noxite coating uses a tried and tested formula and by applying this to the versatile Decra Classic tile, it significantly expands the range of applications that can now benefit from the air purifying effects it provides. As demonstrated with this project, the lightweight steel tiles are ideal for flat to pitched (FTP) roof conversions.” www.decra.co.uk Thinking fastener for Birmingham’s new tallest building Building envelope contractor, Longworth, is working with SFS Intec in the construction of two iconic towers in the heart of Birmingham, one clad in brass, the other silver. The proposals are said to be helping to transform the city’s skyline and deliver a mix of luxury apartments and retail spaces. The Left Bank, a 22-storey building will accommodate 189 luxury apartments and 3,580m2 ground floor retail space, with the second phase being a 31- storey residential tower with retail space too. The partnership between Longworth and main contractor, Wates Construction, agreed on the supply and installation of an Alucoil Larson ACM FR – brass brushed panel with a fire-rated mineral core. This drained and back-ventilated rainscreen cladding system for Tower 1 was fitted with an Nvelope bracket and rail system and powder coated SLA3 frame fasteners, SLA 5 fasteners, as well as SX3 and SX5 A4 (grade 316) stainless steel fasteners from SFS. Ben Parker, business development manager at Longworth, said: “We’re very proud to be appointed on the Left Bank development contract for cladding. We have brought a more creative project approach to provide a solution for an application that would usually be fixed with a rivet.” www.sfsintec.co.uk A 300,000ft2 BMW dealership has been completed in Grapevine, Texas, with an eyecatching external solar shading solution, courtesy of Levolux. Opened in June 2017, BMW Grapevine was designed by Tricarico Architects in collaboration with Gensler and Associates, and comprises a south-facing, two-storey showroom with the capacity to accommodate 35 vehicles. To shield staff, visitors and vehicles from direct sunlight, a solar shading or brise soleil element was required for the showroom. The solar shading solution comprises an imposing high-level canopy that extends across the two-storey showroom. The horizontal structure stands 12.5m in height, supported by 600mm diameter steel columns, and measures almost 100m long by 21m deep. Secured within a steel grid structure, Levolux engineered 382 extruded aluminium aerofoil fins, which are divided into 42 individual bays. The fins, each measuring 400mm wide by 100mm thick, run from east to west, with free spans of up to 7.2m. All aluminium components supplied by Levolux, including the single-piece extruded aerofoil fins, in addition to structural end caps and side plates, were finished in a bright white powder coating. www.levolux.com


Building Products January 2018
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