Demonstrating Offsite Expertise in Action

“Excellent performance with huge potential for gaining a significant chunk of the residential market – a great push for offsite manufacturing” – was just one of the positives comments received following EOS Facades’ site study tour.

Representatives from Kier Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Shed KM Architects, United Living plus many more, gathered one morning in June at the Hotel Du Vin in Wimbledon in preparation for the site study tour. The invited guests jumped at the opportunity for an informative guided tour around two of the capital’s most prestigious developments, The Ram Quarter – a pioneering new development in the heart of Wandsworth and The Riverside Quarter – luxury apartments overlooking Chelsea and Fulham.

To provide a deeper insight in to the design, manufacture, installation and project management processes – representatives from EOS Facades, now part of Etex Building Performance, supported by technical representatives from Etex and Siniat together with members of the wider project delivery team from Ardmore Group and Dane Architectural Systems – delivered a technical CPD accredited presentation. The group also had the opportunity to gain valuable intelligence from leading offsite experts Cogent Consulting.

Steve Thompson, Managing Director for EOS Facades said of the event: “Organising a tour around a live site is not without challenges, however the feedback we have received following this event has been outstanding. It allowed us to not only have detailed conversations but actually demonstrate our work ‘in action’ and what can be achieved through an open culture and close collaboration, combined with offsite manufacturing expertise. We take pride in out ‘partnership approach’ and one aspect that our guests were genuinely surprise about, was the level of detail we were prepared to share.”

The seminar and CPD programme shared details of acoustics, thermal and fire performance together with insights into potential building regulation changes following the recommendations detailed in the Hackitt Review. Delegates also received a full suite of EOS Facades’ technical documents including installation and site pocket guides together with a compendium of technical case studies.

Following the CPD session, delegates were transported to site where they were guided around the developments by the project delivery teams. On return to the hotel, before departing – attendees had the opportunity to speak one-to-one with the offsite experts involved in the project.

Steve continued: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend and to those who have been in touch following the site study tour – we look forward to potentially working with you in the future. It has been a worthwhile experience and one we would like to repeat next year.”

The Ram Quarter
A pioneering new development in the heart of Wandsworth – The Ram Quarter creates a new residential community, with shops, restaurants and riverside walks which will become a new cultural destination for South East London. Transforming the former Young’s Brewery site where beer has been brewed since 1581 – The Ram Quarter sensitively integrates historic Grade II listed buildings into the scheme which provides accommodation for boutiques, restaurants, a craft-brewery, a brewery museum and 650 new exclusive loft style apartments. Once inaccessible, the River Wandle is being landscaped to provide public access along a new riverside walk which will be traversed by three bridges as part of The Ram Quarter’s 5,574m2 of retail and leisure space.

EOS Facades and Etex Building Performance counterparts were appointed to design, supply and manufacture a complete solution for this architecturally and culturally historic site. Working in partnership with Ardmore, one of the largest family owned construction groups in the UK. The EOS team have designed, manufactured and supplied a range of around 15,000m2 of steel framing systems (SFS) infill walling and 280m2 of load-bearing steel systems for the four new residential blocks. From SFS infill for the new high-rise concrete framed blocks to a bespoke load-bearing system of free standing internal pods within the listed brewery house which has been converted to luxury apartments – EOS worked in close collaboration with all construction partners to develop systems to meet the exacting project requirements. EOS Facades’ group partners, Siniat and Promat – were also asked to develop a full architectural specification for the internal partitions as well as offer their award-winning Weather Defence external sheathing board to the EOS sub frame.

The Riverside Quarter
The Riverside Quarter located in Wandsworth, sits beside the Thames overlooking Fulham’s famous Hurlingham Club. A short walk from central Wandsworth and the substantial Southside Shopping Centre, it is also close to Putney High Street and its wide variety of restaurants and waterside bars, along with the Putney Exchange retail mall. A much sought after residential area, Wandsworth is also just across the river from fashionable Chelsea, with its proximity to the world class shopping, eateries, museums and galleries of Knightsbridge and South Kensington. The Thames Clippers service, tubes, over-ground trains and numerous buses all connect to the rest of Central London.

This development is part of a ten-year regeneration programme in Wandsworth and the sixth new build phase of the scheme which involves substantial high-rise residential blocks with concrete frames and mixed facades of render and glazing.

Working in partnership with Dane Architectural Systems – specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of facades – the prefabrication of the individual steel elements took place under controlled, highly regulated and safe factory conditions. Using leading edge systems, the EOS team delivered precision-engineered components. With so much work carried out offsite, the onsite construction programme was reduced, and the build programme was relatively unaffected by adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, all pre-panelised steel framing systems were pre-assembled and fabricated offsite and fully boarded with Siniat Weather Defence together with insulation which reduces the need for working at height.

EOS Factory Tours
Through collaborative working and by forming strategic alliances, EOS provide specialist services to businesses, large and small, including some of the most prominent companies in construction.

EOS Facades are running a CPD accredited factory tour at their facility in County Durham on the 20th September 2018. Hosted by the EOS technical team together with the Siniat specification team – the event is completely free to attend and will provide delegates with and exclusive ‘first look’ at EOS Facade’s recently expanded facility. For more information on EOS Facades’ products, services and factory tours go to: www.eos-facades.co.uk

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