Swistherm Chosen for Babraham Science Park

Alumasc’s Swistherm (EWI) has been used at the new Babraham Research Campus – the leading hub of biomedical innovation in Cambridge.

blog3Registered Installer Jordaya Ltd, installed 700m2 of the Swistherm system to two office and laboratory buildings at the impressive facility, which was the result of a £44million Government investment.

Swistherm was specified following other successful installations on the same site and due to its flexibility to meet the challenging technical requirements of main contractor SDC. EPS insulation was used in thicknesses varying between 90mm and 140mm to provide a highly thermally efficient U-Value of 0.25w/m2K and the installation was finished in Silkolitt Silicone Render, also from Alumasc.

Blog1Swistherm is a BBA approved, fully warranted, thin coat insulated render system comprising insulation slabs which are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate. The choice of insulation materials includes Mineral Wool, Expanded Polystyrene and Cork.

Alumasc’s ST thin-coat Silicone renders
are used as a contemporary finish to new-build applications and the re-modelling of existing facades in both render only and external wall insulation applications. High performing Silicone renders are highly water-repellent, vapour permeable and weather resistant.

The Silkolitt silicone finish is available with a rolled texture in a wide range of colours.

Alumasc External Wall Insulation Transforms Seagate Court


Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc Facades, has been part of the major refurbishment of Seagate Court in East Wittering.

Managed by the Seagate Court Management Company Ltd, the complex comprises four four-storey blocks of private residential flats, boasting a stunning coastal location overlooking the seafront.

Although the scheme was originally solid cavity wall construction, the relentless climate and saltwater air had resulted in significant erosion to the exteriors, requiring the management company to embark on a complete refurbishment programme.

Sally Ratcliff, of Harrington Design Architects, explains:

“Sea salt had started to erode the concrete exterior and the brickwork needing repointing. We wanted a solution that would protect the building and improve its appearance and had initially considered weatherboarding before realising that the Alumasc Swistherm EWI system would meet and exceed our requirements.

“The home-owners at Seagate Court now have a sleek, stylish and structurally sound building and are also benefitting from warmer and more energy efficient homes with an improved U-Value of 0.28 w/m2k from the original 0.6 w/m2k.”

Seagate_Blog22200 square metres of Swistherm EWI was installed to all exterior facades of the four blocks by Alumasc’s Registered Installer Primars Coatings of Middlesex. The system was insulated with a 90mm EPS and finished with Alumasc’s high performance silicone render.

The project presented the installer with a number of issues as Contracts Director, Julien Turner, explains:

“One of the main challenges was ensuring that we kept meticulously to the architect’s design. The building was quite complex in terms of ashlar grooves at each floor level and the detailing under and around the balconies, but the ease of installing Swistherm addressed these circumstances.”

The specification of the Swistherm system meant that as well as improving the structure and thermal performance of the block, its aesthetic appearance was also transformed by the silicone render finish.

All Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and offer a range of design and specification options available across many building types.

For more information on Alumasc Facade Systems please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

New pictures of DIY SOS Project reveal amazing transformation using Alumasc Render

After1Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team have spent two weeks transforming 2 streets in Newton Heath, Manchester for army veterans and their families. The project, the team’s largest undertaking to date, involved hundreds of volunteers, including Alumasc Facades who have installed Alumasc M.R. S5 Render to the external facades of 62 homes.

New pictures have been revealed, showing the true extent of the transformation of the properties in New Street and Canada Street. Three larger homes were also created to house veterans and their families, including a walk-in support centre. 17 of the homes will be run by charity Haig Housing, with the aim to create a special veterans’ community.

Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait comments on completion of the project:

Before“It goes without saying that Alumasc Facades was very proud to be involved in the big build for DIY SOS. From start to finish, the project was a massive team effort – all the contractors and suppliers on site were highly supportive of each other and our only objective was to provide a much-needed community for some of our most deserving war veterans.

“The M.R S5 Polymer Plain Render has created a stunning clean finish to the homes and will provide a reinforcing layer to the mortar, protecting against weather, damp, pollutants and impact damage.

(L) Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andy Gait and (R) Alumasc Business Manager Stewart Taylor
(L) Alumasc Regional Sales Manager Andy Gait and (R) Alumasc Business Manager Stewart Taylor

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working alongside the BBC on a ground-breaking project – and despite the challenges of getting the entire installation finished in 12 days, I know that none of our team would hesitate in doing it again.”

Don’t miss the full story, broadcast over 2 episodes, starting this Wednesday, 14th, on BBC1 at 8pm and concluding on Wednesday 21st at the same time.

For more information M.R S5 Render systems from Alumasc, click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

New Scheme to Tackle Fuel Poverty in Scotland

GRS-8645-HES-MPU-v3-300x250pxScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a new fuel poverty scheme, backed by up to £224 million from the Scottish Government, to help as many as 28, 000 Scots heat their homes.

Over the next seven years, Warmer Homes Scotland will install measures such as insulation, heating and domestic renewables in households identified as fuel poor. 

The Home Energy Scotland campaign has also been launched to encourage Scots to call the hotline 0808 808 2282 and take advantage of the free help to reduce fuel bills. It will provide advice on how to reduce heating bills and which of the energy improvement schemes, they are eligible for.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Warmer Homes Scotland is tailored to give vulnerable households living in fuel poverty access to measures to make their homes more energy efficient. Since 2009, we have allocated over half a billion pounds to make Scotland’s homes more energy efficient”.

Warmer Homes Scotland will be delivered and managed by Warmworks Scotland, a joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks.

For more information about Warmer Homes Scotland, and to check if you qualify, please visit the Home Energy Scotland website http://www.homeenergyscotland.org or contact the helpline on 0808 808 2282.