St Andrews Crescent is a 1970’s social housing development owned by Southside Housing Association (SHA), in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow. As part of a major refurbishment scheme, SHA employed jmarchitects and Alumasc registered installers CCG, to design and implement a series of improvements to 48 flats, including Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation System.
The 5-storey building, originally of standard brick construction with exposed concrete slabs and a 50mm cavity wall with no insulation, suffered from a number of problems.
Gavin McNab of jmarchitects, explains further:
“The properties in St Andrew’s Crescent experience considerable damp and mould problems as well as high heating costs, particularly on the north elevation. Previous attempts by both tenants and building owners to eradicate the problems, through measures such as ventilation, hadn’t proved successful.”
Alumasc’s Swisslab external wall insulation system was specified as it is a proven solution for over-cladding existing properties, with a track record nearing 30 years. The Swisslab system eradicated the mould and dampness, whilst improving energy efficiency, boosting thermal performance and improving the overall aesthetics of the scheme.
The installation was carried out quickly and efficiently requiring no displacement of residents throughout the works.
As a result of the refurbishment, residents have benefited from warmer and more attractive homes, with U-values now at 0.24W/m2k compared to the previous 1.63W/m2k
The project was nominated for the prestigious RICS Scotland Award in the Regeneration and Residential categories and for a Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Design Award in the Residential category.
In addition, St Andrew’s Crescent was also nominated for a Scottish Civic Trust “My Place” Award.
These awards are a national celebration of good local design and conservation and are nominated by local people. The awards aim to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to the community. CCG installed 3,500m2 of Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation with 130mm EPS Insulation to all elevations. The scheme was finished with Alumasc’s Silkolitt silicone render, in cream/off white.
To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.