Tune in for this week’s architecture, design and construction news – with a brief commentary from our Development Manager, Nathan Kirk!
Phenolic foam board cladding system fails fire test
Four of the seven types of cladding combinations failed the large-scale fire tests so far (the seventh one is yet to be published). This means that at least 228 residential towers don’t meet the building regulations. The Government is said to provide advice for building owners regarding the maintenance and need of remedial work for their property. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>
N. K. > The market waits for clarity and enforced direction on materials that are truly fit for purpose.
Plenty of glass and light make the renovated Dental Sciences Building (Faculty of Medical Sciences) of the Radboud University in Netherlands an amazing place to learn and practice. The works were aimed at making the building more modern, functional and comfortable to use, while increasing energy efficiency. Read more at archdaily.com >>
N. K. > We are so glad the original building wasn’t demolished and new build constructed. Inbo Architects have done a fantastic job of modernizing and improving the Radboud Universities functionality however maintaining some of the existing structures appearance. Click here to see Dynamic Claddings products that are ideal for over-cladding existing structures.
Mace to build third Shard tower
Shard Place, next to the The Shard and The News Building, will provide 180 000 sq ft of apartment with different sizes. The Renzo Piano designed residential tower will also feature a rooftop garden. Mace will provide all services for the construction, set to be complete in 2020. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>
N. K. > Another fantastic building for London Central, congratulations to Mace on the awarding to them of Full Construction Management.
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CF Møller covers Copenhagen school in 12,000 solar panels
The Scandinavian firm covered the waterfront school with blue-tinged solar panels facing different directions, thus creating a spectacular pixellated view. Apart from being a beautiful addition to the renovated harbour, they will provide more than 50% of the school’s electricity. Read more at dezeen.com >>
N. K. > The use of solar panels to produce 50% of the school’s energy requirement is truly amazing. This Scandinavian school building is leading way in sustainable energy and is truly a beautiful masterpiece.