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CLADDING & SHEETING Skyline transforms 80s office block Skyline Fascia, Soffits and Copings has supplied bespoke window and door surrounds to create a striking new entrance and frontage for a major office refurbishment in Spitalfields, London. The formerly dark entrance of the 1980s building has been transformed with new surrounds that allow more natural light to filter through, blending with the updated interior styling. An exterior finish ensures the design is sympathetic to the historic location of the building. A cut-out of the building’s address in the side panels was an integral part of the design. This enabled a light to be installed behind the cut-outs for a contemporary effect. Skyline’s new surrounds were colour matched to other exterior features of the building for a seamless look. The painted finish is BBA-approved for total assurance in durability, longevity and weather resistance. The project, known as 45 Folegate Street, was led by refurbishment specialists Tatehindle Architects, who worked closely with contractor Tetraclad to install the new window and door surrounds. Matt Swaffer, Small may be beautiful, but it isn’t always easy. In fact, creating a compact newbuild to squeeze into a limited footprint in London, while meeting all regulations was a challenge of grand proportions for design engineer, Joe Stuart of Warehome. This ambitious project certainly met the ‘interest factor’ for Channel 4’s iconic TV show, Grand Designs. Occupying a plot of just 9.5x4m, the house is a contemporary timber frame design using structurally insulated panels, on the site of a former coffin workshop in East London, and is the smallest two-bed residence permitted by London planners. Apart from elegant aesthetics and ensuring a sense of light and flow in a restricted space, safety and sustainable performance were also key considerations. To ensure excellent wind, water and UVresistance with superior vapour diffusion, while also minimising fire risk and enhancing airtightness and thermal stability, a combination of Tyvek membranes, tapes and sealants were applied to the building envelope. Among the products and systems Tetraclad’s contracts director, had worked with Skyline on previous projects and knew its design team could manufacture a bespoke solution, which would convert the architect’s vision into a practical product. Matt said: “The drawings requested an aluminium cladding panel, which included specific detailing. I was tempted to steer away from it at first as I had never attempted anything like it before. Some of this detailing was quite complex, but I knew Skyline would produce good fabrication drawings – a service which other manufacturers don’t offer. It worked out very well.” www.alumascskyline.co.uk used to achieve the performance goals of this design is Tyvek UV Façade, a specialised all-black breather membrane, which is said to allow for greater design freedom and confidence when installed behind open-jointed façades. It makes the ideal ‘behind-the-scenes’ partner for the elegant Cedar cladding that Joe selected for the exterior. Another important element is Tyvek FireCurb Housewrap, a fireretardant 052 FEBRUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM breather membrane that Kalwall creates a flight of fancy Kalwall translucent cladding has been used in a project at Rayleigh Durham Airport in North Carolina designed by architects Clark Nexsen. The aging 1981 Terminal 1 building was nicknamed the ‘blue box’ as the original rectangular building was constructed using blue corrugated metal, making it dark and uninviting, while the inside was haphazard with a poor passenger flow. In a £50million scheme, a new terminal has emerged from a complete redesign with everything from the curbside to the interior space. On landside arrival, a Kalwall canopy system provides shelter and links access points while a Kalwall translucent façade is utilised to clad the main terminal building. Its ability to diffuse has been applied to protect the timber frame structure, and the foam-filled SIPS – a vital specification, due to the proximity of neighbouring buildings. In addition, a concertina-style airtight sealant tape, Tyvek FlexWrap NF, was fitted to seal awkward joints and penetrations, including the bespoke windows that Joe designed. This optimal system is completed by Tyvek Supro underlay. Joe said: “I chose the best products and combinations available. I needed absolute reliability when it came to quality and performance. Great advice and service from the DuPont regional manager and the experts at the Tyvek Building Knowledge Centre made addressing the project’s complex challenges far easier and more straightforward. This may be one of the smallest two-bed houses in London, but it will always be one of my most important projects, and an example of what my practice can achieve.” Joe added: “I know that I have made the right choice in Tyvek, and I can have complete confidence in the long-term performance and energy saving of the building envelope.” The build took Joe two years to complete at a budget of £250,000. www.construction.tyvek.co.uk Imaginative use of technology creates compact yet grand design natural daylight into the interior means the new TSA screening facility now has complete privacy for the sensitive areas, while bathing the interior with natural, glare-free light. Kalwall provides complete line-ofsight protection, maintaining privacy for building occupants, while bathing the interior with diffused daylighting regardless of the weather. The system also enhances simplicity by doing away with the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. Kalwall is highly insulating, which reduces energy costs. The standard Kalwall 70mm thick panel offers insulation up to 0.28W/m²K – equivalent to a cavity-filled solid wall. www.kalwall.com


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