Following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, the negative spotlight on cladding materials had a major knock-on effect for the construction industry, from builders and sub-contractors to architecture firms. Days after the incident, cladding installed on buildings more than 18m in height was called into question by the Government, leading to significant increases in premiums for Professional Indemnity Insurance. Bryan Banbury, Managing Director of leading independent insurance broker Russell Scanlan, discusses the impact on the insurance industry and advises how companies can plan ahead when renewing policies.
Adrian Storey, General Manager at Horbury Facades, looks at how innovation in modern rainscreen cladding materials is resulting in a rise in brick slip facades.
Remedial works at one of the UK’s largest museums required a highly durable waterproofing system and skilled workmanship. Stuart Hicks from Kemper System gives an insight into the project and how complex installation challenges were overcome.
Barangaroo House, a freestanding, three-storey restaurant, has become one of the first projects in Sydney to utilise Accoya wood cladding, a world-leading high-performance, sustainable wood product, and the distinctive Japanese charring technique, Shou Sugi Ban.
The Oasia Hotel in the Central Business District, Singapore, is by all means and standards a unique project, redefining what a high-rise can be in humid tropical climates.
Rockpanel and ROCKWOOL have come together to present the latest research and thinking on how best to design out risk and ensure fire safety when it comes to specifying exterior cladding systems, with particular focus on high rise structures.
John Dunnington, Head of Marketing at architectural cladding specialist Booth Muirie, provides insight into the fire performance of rainscreen cladding systems on buildings over 18m, following the most extensive fire testing the cladding industry has witnessed.
Powdertech Corby has just completed coating over 4500sq m of aluminium cladding panels for Westfield White City Shopping Centre’s £600 million refurbishment and extension. An extensive coating job in itself, the project was one of particular satisfaction for the company. “We created a bespoke powder coating in our Landscape™ range for this flagship project,” said Powdertech Corby Director Richard Besant, “and we, and the customer alike, are delighted with the result.”
A brick finish remains as popular as ever within British architecture but traditional methods of brick building have been challenged for some time now by the flexibility of brick slip cladding which offers a quick, easy and robust solution for new-build and retrofit projects, whether installed on- or off-site.
Responding to market feedback, SFS has invested in a new assembly facility in Leeds to provide high quality, colour-matched AP rivets for rainscreen cladding. The full range of AP rivets are now available in 3 days’ lead time in more than 100 standard colours.