Alumasc Dominate Manchester Skyline


8 outstanding high-rise refurbishment projects are now benefiting from EWI systems by Alumasc Facades. These innovative systems are helping to visually rejuvenate the area whilst providing improved thermal efficiency and comfort to hundreds of residents.

Magnolia Court, Sycamore Court & Mulberry Court

Mulberry Court

Alumasc refurbished 3 high-rise buildings with Salix Homes and Seddon Construction LTD: Magnolia Court, Sycamore Court and Mulberry Court – the latter winning an award for Regional Large-Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency Awards held in April. Credit for the award is shared between Seddon Construction LTD, Salix Homes and Alumasc Facades – and recognises the energy efficiency measures introduced by the Government following the Energy Act 2013. These measures help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. These high-rise buildings were originally specified in White EPS but during the specification stage, Alumasc obtained a BBA Certificate for the more thermally efficient Grey EPS, so the more efficient insulation was utilised instead.

Delaney Heights & Adelphi Court

Working with The Guinness Partnership, another 2 blocks have been transformed and improved both thermally and aesthetically using Alumasc’s Swistherm Mineral Wool system. The £9 million project in Salford transformed a former student accommodation block into 119 affordable rent homes – including specially adapted apartments on the ground floor for those with disabilities.

Clifford Lamb Court

Clifford Lamb Court – Before and After

Northwards Housing Association called on Alumasc to work together to help tenants stay warm and save money on fuels bills at Clifford Lamb Court in Greater Manchester. External insulation and new windows were installed on the Blackley high-rise block so that tenants can make the most of a cutting-edge heat pump which gets heat from the earth’s core by pumping brine 150m into the ground before bringing it back up to use in the building through individual heat pumps in each property. It’s the first time that this kind of Heat Pump technology (using a shared ground array serving individual heat pumps) has ever been used in a multi-storey housing block. The energy produced by the pump alone has helped tenants to save on their heating bills, but by making these extra improvements, Clifford Lamb residents will be even better off as more heat will stay inside the building. In total, the improvements will save around 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Grosvenor House & Ryecroft House

Alumasc’s Swisslab system was chosen by Ashton Pioneer Homes and installed by The Casey Group Ltd to reinstate the existing EWI system that had exceeded its life span on Grosvenor House and Ryecroft House in Ashton-under-Lyne. Balcony cladding systems were secured to the majority of balconies, providing protection to the structure whilst improving the overall appearance of the block.

Energy Efficiency

EWI is a cost-effective and energy efficient solution for high-rise blocks allowing for an aesthetic transformation of the building and the surrounding area. Improved thermal performance results in less fuel consumption and therefore less CO2 emissions leading to a typical saving of around 30% on tenants’ heating bills.

View the gallery of Alumasc’s high-rise projects.

Download Alumasc’s full High-Rise Brochure.

For more information on External Wall Insulation click here or please call us on 03335 771 700.

Call area technical manager Andy Gait on 07876 773 064 for information on EWI in the Manchester/North West area or to book a CPD.

Alumasc revives Brandon House

A Bristol social housing scheme is benefitting from an extensive £5million refurbishment, which saw Swisslab and Swistherm from Alumasc as the chosen EWI systems.

brandon_completed 2Built in the 1960’s of concrete panel construction, Brandon House was experiencing problems with structural movement which had caused a catalogue of building defects. In addition, the scheme also suffered from poor insulation leading to condensation, mould and water ingress.

Bristol Council commissioned a programme of works, which included the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation to around 90 flats within the block.

brandon_completedAlumasc’s Registered Installer Rateavon, installed the systems with 60mm phenolic and 110mm EPS insulation, to address the previous issues, improving thermal efficiency, reducing heating bills and extending the life of the building. The systems were specified partly due to the fact that the 60mm phenolic insulation would not encroach on the limited space down a number of narrow walkways – and in addition Rateavon have a long track record of working with Alumasc products, and their installation skill was required around a number of intricate concrete columns.

Brandon House prior to refurb
Brandon House prior to refurb

Swisslab is Alumasc’s market leading EWI system used for overcladding exisiting properties, whilst Swistherm eradicates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth. Both systems are BBA Approved, offering an effective life of over 30 years.

The systems were finished using Alumasc’s silicone render with matching clay and acrylic brick slips, in order to comply with planning requirements.

For more information on High Rise EWI, contact Lee Carter on 07801 253 798



The invisible brilliance of Art Brick from Alumasc

As EWI products constantly evolve, manufacturers are under constant pressure to present the industry with new and innovative ideas.

Blog1_ArtbrickAlumasc already have an impressive portfolio of products, designed to improve the thermal efficiency and aesthetic appearance of virtually all types of construction, whether new build, refurbishment, or non-traditional. But when properties are built or refurbished amongst existing properties, the need for them to blend seamlessly into their surroundings, can sometimes be restricted, if available renders don’t quite match the existing finish.

To address this need, Alumasc’s Registered Contractor Westdale Services Ltd have taken Alumasc’s Rendabrick to the next level.

Introducing Art Brick

Westdale Services have developed Art Brick – an advanced brick effect render that can be tinted, textured and coloured to match into any surrounding brick, allowing a limitless aesthetic choice.

Blog3_Before_AfterHaving worked with Alumasc products successfully on numerous projects, Westdale Services started development of the new Art Brick render system in order to increase the options available to both newbuild and refurbishment projects that might otherwise have encountered planning issues.

With more properties being built on small plots of land in between existing properties, the need to blend with the surroundings has become more widespread, and Westdale felt there was a requirement for a finish that offered increased depth of colour and additional textures.

Suitable for both newbuild and refurbishment, Art Brick can provide any colour and texture, with long-term durability and protection from efflorescence. The result is a cost effective brick façade solution that can be installed without the requirement for pre-made brick slips or corner brick slips.

blog2_passagewayIt is suitable for installation onto any EWI system, including the exclusive Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS). When used with AVS, Art Brick provides a decorative rainscreen solution for timber frame and steel frame construction, offering specifiers, homeowners and housebuilders the widest and most cost effective choice of external wall solutions on the market.
For more information on AVS, click here

For more details on Art Brick, contact Area Sales Manager Tyrone Lawton on 07720 883 650.

North Herts Residents Benefit from EWI

For much of the UK’s retired population, winter heating costs take up a sizeable amount of what is often a limited income.

Blog3When pensioners in Knebworth, Hertfordshire were feeling the cold in their bungalows, Social Landlord North Herts Homes decided to take action by installing insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the properties, resulting in lower energy bills for their residents.

Cavity wall insulation was not a viable option as the construction of the bungalows presented a restricted cavity, which made Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI)  from Alumasc, the perfect solution.

North Herts Homes also specified that the system should match the existing and surrounding decorative finishes, so a render finish was not acceptable.  Alumasc worked closely with the client to provide a viable technical solution to this problem. The final solution was an insulated system utilising phenolic insulation to keep the overall thickness to a minimum, finished with a matching acrylic brick slip to match the local environment. Alumasc’s aluminium GX gutter system was also used, to give a clean decorative finish to the system.

The final result was virtually indistinguishable from the original finish and the residents will now benefit from a more comfortable environment with reduced fuel bills.

North Herts Homes and all of the residents, have expressed their delight with the warmer, new look homes.

For further details of Alumasc’s thermally efficient External Wall Insulation Systems, click here.

For more information about EWI in the South East, contact Area Manager Joe Dawson on +(44) 7720 883 677. 

Swisslab EWI restores period features to 1920’s homes

Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used to transform 65 residential properties in Hertfordshire, improving thermal performance and refreshing the external facades to recreate the 1920’s period features.

North Herts Homes required a solution that would make the properties more energy efficient whilst also restoring them to their former glory.

herts1Following a consultation from Alumasc’s design team, Swisslab was used with phenolic insulation and finished in Silkolitt silicone render with a heavy textured 3.5mm drain top coat to get a close match to the original “slop dash render”. Acrylic brick slips and solar reflective X black paint were then used to create the finishing brick and mock-timber details.

In addition to the improved aesthetics, the combination of systems will make the properties warmer and will soon start to impact on the residents’ energy bills.

North Herts Homes are delighted with the results and one family commented:

“The refurbishment has given us renewed pride in our home – it’s almost like having a new house!”

herts2Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties and is used extensively to transform homes into warmer, more attractive places to live. It is an efficient and cost effective way of improving thermal standards and allows for minimal disruption to residents during application.

Alumasc’s full range of EWI systems are BBA Approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email

Alumasc EWI Systems Boost Energy Efficiency On The Victoria Estate

Victoria Estate, FeatherstoneSwisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) Systems from Alumasc, have been used in the refurbishment of the Victoria Estate in Featherstone, West Yorkshire – a large housing estate of terraced properties managed by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

WDH, the largest housing provider in the region, appointed Effective Energy to deliver funding under the ECO initiative for EWI as part of their on-going programme of works at Victoria Estate. The programme also included solar panels, energy efficient boilers, roof and facia soffit repairs, which resulted in a complete external facelift.

In total, Alumasc Registered Contractor CPM Contracts, installed Alumasc EWI systems to 109 properties, in order to provide an energy efficient, weatherproof exterior to the solid brick construction homes, with the added benefit of transforming their appearance, with the new, attractive render finishes.

VictoriaEstateAfter3The lower halves of the properties were fitted with Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, faced with a brick-effect render in dark terracotta. This provided a weather resistant exterior, which is highly resistant to impact damage. The upper wall areas were completed with Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating a tinted, high performance Silkolitt silicone render. 90mm EPS insulation formed part of both EWI systems, enhancing thermal performance, resulting in warmer homes.
Both systems were specified by CPM in order to fulfill the client’s brief which required the refurbished properties to blend in with the privately owned properties on the estate. Another challenge was presented by the differing number of outbuildings and building details that needed specific angle beading incorporated to allow for a smooth profile at the properties.

Ian Carter, Managing Director at CPM Contracts, comments:

“This was the first time we had used Alumasc’s EWI systems and we’re delighted with the results. The technical support available to us was first class – the Alumasc team helped us ascertain the correct specification before we started works and offered continuous support throughout the project.

WP_20140924_003The finished result is excellent and we’ve already specified Alumasc EWI at our next project which sees the refurbishment of another 100 properties in the area.”

Speaking about the difference that the EWI has made to the comfort of her home, a Victoria Estate resident said:

“The difference that the insulation has already made is very positive. My gas smart meter payments have gone from £80-£100 per month, down to £35-£40. I’m delighted with the cost savings so far, and my house also feels much warmer and cosier.”

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

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Green Deal & Eco Award – Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year

GreenDealAward3Alumasc installer ECO People have been awarded the ‘Insulation & Fabric of the Year’ award following the refurbishment of 15 &17 Mayfair Avenue, London.

The two houses were installed with external wall insulation, using the Alumasc Swisslab system, completed with a Rendabrick Effect Finish.

The award was given at the regional Green Deal & Eco Awards, covering the London area.

Swisslab eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building.

Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency thus reducing energy bills.

Swisslab can be installed over solid masonry, concrete panels (NLB), No Fines concrete and masonry with cavity and is particularly suited to the treatment of non-traditional house types such as BISF, Orlit, Wates, Cruden, Airey and Athol.

The houses were finished using Alumasc Rendabrick Brick Effect to produce a true brickwork finish.

GreenDealAward4A durable, lightweight render finish with increased bond strength over sand and cement, Rendabrick is resistant to cracking and crazing and fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

Rendabrick is used to simulate the appearance of brickwork and is also used to create new effects and details with a choice of two mortar and two brick colours.

Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings said, “I would like to congratulate ECO People on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”

“Since these two installations on Mayfair Avenue, ECO People’s expertise has paid dividends and the complete street will soon be refurbished using our Alumasc Facades Products.”

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Brick Shortage Hits Britain

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Last month, house building picked up at the fastest pace for more than a decade as a result of the Government introducing the Help to Buy Scheme. With this sudden bounce back of the housing market, the UK’s supply of bricks has struggled to keep up and stocks have hit a record low of 336million.

Steve Morgan, chairman and founder of the FTSE 250 house builder said:

‘Bricks is an industry that takes a longer time to wind up. Firms are reluctant to do it until they think that it will be worthwhile.’

The production of bricks fell as the housing market ground to a halt during the financial crisis, with a huge stockpile of 887million bricks building up in 2009. As a result, brick-makers were forced to close down or mothball factories.

Kick-starting the production of bricks again has been a slow and expensive process. As the housing market has bounced back the stockpile of bricks has rapidly been used up resulting in the record low recorded.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a trade body, said that a lack of bricks risked ‘scuppering’ the ability of construction firms to keep pace with new orders.

One solution to the current brick shortage is Alumasc’s Traditional Brick Slips which offer an easy to apply, high performance, real brick finish. Alumasc’s patented Traditional Brick Slip system innovatively uses a preformed template mesh to assist speedy and accurate installation, achieving a premium quality and uniform result. The system is fully weatherproof and corrosion resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

To find out more about Alumasc Facade Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700. 

Westdale Services Ltd Welcome Amber Rudd to Telford

Westdale Services has recently met with Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various aspects of External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Green Deal initiatives. This is particularly relevant following the recent announcement by the UK Government that an additional £100 million has been added to the household energy efficiency fund. Applications for a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), designed to help people make energy saving improvements to their home, will open to households before the end of November.

Ms Rudd, along with representatives from Westdale, visited current works being undertaken for the Green Deal Communities Award Scheme in Telford. The External Wall Insulation System being used on this project is Alumasc’s Swisslab system, a BBA approved, fully warranted insulated render system.

Westdale Services have successfully installed Alumasc External Wall Insulation systems on projects across the UK for many years. Both companies continue to promote External Wall Insulation as a high performance, energy saving solution which has the added benefit of transforming the exterior appearance of the properties it is applied to.

Find out more by watching the below video:

INCA 2014 Awards – The External Wall Insulation Showcase

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Blackfriars Court External Wall InsulationThere are now just under two weeks until the INCA 2014 Awards Dinner on Thursday 16th October at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

The awards showcase the very best in innovation and excellence of UK External Wall Insulation (EWI) projects over the past 12 months. This year Alumasc is delighted to have five shortlisted projects for the Swisslab EWI System.

Domestic Refurbishment – High Rise:

Project    Alumasc Registered Installer
Black Friar Court, Salford    BLD Construction (Facades) Ltd
Sunningdale, Wirral    BLD Construction (Facades) Ltd

Domestic Refurbishment – Low Rise:

Project    Alumasc Registered Installer
Elm Grove Flats, Newcastle    Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd
The Green, Essex    Aran Services Ltd
South Greenfield, Glasgow    Volker Laser Ltd

Everyone at Alumasc is looking forward to the event, where there will be two Alumasc-hosted tables. It would be an incredible achievement to collect more awards for the second year running, although Alumasc are thrilled to be shortlisted for five categories – this is an achievement in itself!

Last year Alumasc won the prestigious Project of the Year 2013 Award with their Boxtree Tree Lane Project, an outstanding new residential development in Harrow.

The champagne reception and 3-course dinner offer an excellent networking opportunity and the INCA 2014 Awards, to be presented by former England cricket player Darren Gough, are a fantastic platform to showcase how External Wall Insulation is improving the energy efficiency of homes and business across the UK.

If you would like any further information regarding Alumasc External Wall Insulation and Render Systems, call (0) 3335 771 700or email