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.

Tried. Tested. Trusted. Alumasc M.R. S6 Masonry Paint

Alumasc MR S6 Masonry Paint has been used by professional tradesmen for over 30 years.

Tried. Tested. Trusted by Alumasc

Whether your building has a traditional or contemporary appearance, Alumasc MR S6 Masonry Paint provides a visually stunning finish to your property.

Available in white or 6 other standard colours:

Non-Standard colours available on request

Alumasc MR S6 Masonry Paint has excellent coverage rates and is specially formulated to be:

  •          Waterproof
  •          Durable
  •          Breathable
  •          Dirst resistant
  •          Quick and easy to apply

For price and availability please call 03335 771700 or email: info@alumascfacades.com

Order now on: 03335 771 700

Beat the winter building blues with ST Mineral K Render from Alumasc Facades

We can rely on the constant unpredictability of the British weather, yet every winter seems to descend on the construction industry with an element of surprise. Year after year, as untimely conditions put pressure on build projects, we continue to endure missed deadlines and increased costs. But this has been addressed by Alumasc Facades, who have manufactured the perfect solution, allowing work to continue during low temperature conditions.

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ST MINERAL K RENDER

Alumasc’s ST Mineral K Render offers far quicker setting times than silicone render during winter months, giving installers greater flexibility to apply the product in extended periods of bad weather.

It is touch dry in just a few hours.

Suitable for use across all Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems and also for direct application onto solid walls, ST Mineral K Render is lightweight, yet highly impact and weather resistant, whilst also remaining vapour permeable.

The product can be left with its original white finish without the need to paint, or alternatively can be overpainted with Alumasc’s Silicone Facades Paint which opens up a contemporary, wide-ranging colour palette.

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screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-14-00-22Ideal for both newbuild and remodelling applications, it provides a breathable, flexible, weather-tight decorative finish to any building.

Alumasc’s ST Mineral K Render is eco-friendly, manufactured using only natural materials (mineral aggregates, and white marble grain) and is available with a rolled texture in 2, 3 and 4mm grain sizes, boasting Class 0 surface spread of flame.

The product is manufactured under ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management systems and is fully BBA approved.

For further information, please call Alumasc on 03335 771 700

Award Winning Home calls on Alumasc Render Systems

bankhall_pr2An award winning Cheshire property has been refurbished using Render Systems from Alumasc. Owned by David and Margie Edwards, the magnificent Bankhall House was originally completed in 2008, to a traditional Georgian/Queen Ann architectural design, earning them the prestigious title of Daily Telegraph Best Traditional House in the UK for 2010.

Following some initial problems with the original render system, David Edwards embarked on a 4-month study of the render market, in search of a system that would complement and protect his beloved Bankhall.

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Following rigorous research into suitable products and approved contractors, David, brought in Alumasc Registered Installer Bruce Day of Cheshire Facades, who, according to David, “worked alongside Alumasc’s technical team to show passion above and beyond that of their competitors”.

bankhall_prpicDavid, Bruce, and the installation team, worked closely together in the investigation and resolution of the initial render problems, and specified Alumasc’s MR Polymer Render System with a decorative Silicone Render finish, as the solution.

Bruce Day has a well-established relationship with Alumasc and was confident that their products presented the right solution for Bankhall House. He comments:

“The traditional architecture at Bankhall presented a number of challenges with regard to application of the chosen render system. Intricacies in the stonework of the main house and also balustrades and plinths in the garden, demanded a robust system that could be easily applied. I have always found Alumasc systems easy to work with and in this case they also provided a perfect ‘cream’ colour match to the existing finish.”

David and Margie are thrillebankhall_pr3d with both the installation process and the result. David comments:

“Activity on site was reviewed daily by Cheshire Facades, and snagging was an integral part of my relationship with Bruce and his installers. Bruce insisted, “Our work must satisfy the customer – always”. I was also aware that render products have developed technically since the original installation, and Alumasc were able to offer all of the “cutting edge technology” required to give us the result we wanted. We feel like we’ve been given a new house.”

Alumasc Polymer and Silicone Render Systems are BBA Approved and fully warrantied. They are less susceptible to cracking and crazing than traditional plain render and are fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

For more information, click here or call Andy Gait on 07876 773064.

New premises for Alumasc Facades in Scotland

As Alumasc Facades continues to develop its product and services offer nationwide, EWI contractors and installers in Scotland are benefitting from new Alumasc premises in Glasgow. Based just minutes from Glasgow City Centre, the Scottish Head Office in Kinning Park, presents a far more convenient location for visitors, with close links to the M8 and M74.

Over the last 3 years, Alumasc Facades in Scotland have seen a steady increase in sales in both the refurbishment and new build sectors. This increased activity has brought about a requirement not only to accommodate growing staff numbers but also to provide a more convenient location for Alumasc’s expanding customer base, who previously had to travel more than 10 miles out of Glasgow when visiting.Milnpark Alumasc Facades

The new Head Office is based on the Milnpark Trading Estate and is home to the Sales and Technical teams as well as Alumasc’s state of the art Warehouse and Distribution facility. Barrie Robertson, Alumasc’s General Manager for Scotland, explains:

“As we experience further growth in the housebuilding, healthcare and education sectors, it became apparent that our location needed to be more central. As a forward thinking company, Alumasc decided to make the move, enabling us to effectively deliver on our commitment to the needs of local construction colleagues.

“This move is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc in the facades sector and reinforces our provision of the highest quality products and customer service in Scotland.”

Alumasc’s Managing Director in Scotland, Lorraine Dunsire, concludes:

“Alumasc are keen to ensure that we can not only support our existing clients to full effect, but that we can also accommodate all of the new opportunities currently happening across Scotland, maintaining our reputation for the very best Technical expertise. The new premises has given us room to grow and to welcome future opportunities with confidence that we are well-equipped to deal with them successfully.”

For more information, call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.

Alumasc Ventilated System used on stunning Rutland extension

stamford1The new Alumasc Ventilated System has been used to create an unusual addition to a beautiful detached property in Oakham, Rutland.

The property, owned by Phil and Marianne Valiente, is of Canadian timber frame design, so it was therefore important that a system was found to complement the existing construction.

K&M Interiors of Melton Mowbray, were recommended to the owners for the external rendering. Being an Alumasc Registered Installer, K&M had extensive experience in the use of Alumasc systems. Following lengthy discussions about the benefits of the Ventilated System, it was specified for use on two separate extensions; one being a single storey to the rear of the property, accommodating a new kitchen/diner. The other, a two storey extension, would accommodate additional upstairs space and a reconfigured downstairs area, with living room, office and downstairs WC.

stamford2When used as part of a timber frame construction, the Alumasc Ventilated System is quick and easy to install, presenting a more efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional brick and block methods. It offers an engineered, stylish facade solution, designed to provide a fully ventilated cavity, which keeps the timber substrate moisture-free.

The project was finished in Alumasc’s Silkolitt 1.5mm silicone render in white and the system is also compatible with brick slip finishes.

Marianne Valiente comments:

“We were looking for a modern, high performance product that would incorporate the existing cedar shingles, whilst meeting our time constraints and the requirements of our local planning department.

“K&M talked us through the Alumasc system in great detail and we compared it to the alternatives. After receiving quotes for other solutions, we agreed that the Alumasc Ventilated System was vastly superior and offered us better guarantees. We had a lot of contact with the team from K&M, and found them to be professional, highly knowledgeable and very helpful.”

stamford3She concludes:

“K&M Interiors did a great job and we’re thrilled with how it looks. We’re now even considering having some of the brickwork at the front of the house rendered.”

The Alumasc Ventilated System has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK building regulations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales) and it became British Board of Agrément certified in May 2015. It also offers the option of use in off-site construction and adheres to the requirements and guidelines of both the NHBC and TRADA.

For more information please call Nigel Walters on 07720 883694.

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

 

 

Swisslab to the rescue in County Durham

Over 100 properties in Stanley, County Durham have had their appearance and energy performance completely transformed by the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation system.

PineSt_BeforeAlumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system at the scheme which comprises a mix of social housing and privately-owned homes, mostly terraced. Swisslab was installed with a 90mm grey EPS insulation and finished with a brick-effect render. The project was financially supported by both Durham County Council and the ECO scheme, with private homeowners contributing a small percentage of the cost.

The properties were constructed around 1900, and  so the toughest challenge preseted by the project was to preserve the detailing and heritage of the homes – this was paramount to its success in terms of both community and resident satisfaction.

This challenge was met by the use of Alumasc’s Rendabrick, with the colour and detailing matched perfectly to the original construction.  The versatility of this product allowed period features, such as stone sills, to be replicated, whilst ensuring the replica brickwork was “true” in terms of colour and style.

Furthermore, the Victorian constructions had been the subject of various additions and extensions over the years.  This meant that although the main construction was solid brick, some of these extensions had cavity walls.  Both Alumasc’s and Westdale’s technical expertise was invaluable when it came to dealing with different insulation requirements that this presented.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlumasc and Westdale worked closely together to identify a suitable cavity fill insulation which could be used on these areas prior to the brick render installation, thus ensuring continuity of thermal performance and appearance.

A further challenge was presented by the weather which saw the installers often working in
cold, wet and windy conditions due to the area’s exposure to the elements. The combination of Swisslab’s ease of installation, and Westdale’s extensive EWI experience meant the impact of these weather conditions was minimal.

Speaking about the project, Alumasc Facades Area Manager, Tyrone Lawton, comments:

“The transformation of these homes is very impressive – not only do they look fantastic – blending entirely into the surrounding area – but residents are reaping the rewards in terms of energy cost savings and better thermal efficiency.

“It’s worth highlighting that every single private homeowner opted to take part in this project which is in itself very impressive – a 100 per cent take up is rare, especially when financial contributions are involved.”

For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here

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.

Alumasc EWI slashes U-Values for Rykneld Homes

The latest in thermal imaging technology shows the striking transformation that the quality installation of Alumasc EWI systems has brought to social housing residents in North-East Derbyshire.

Rykneld1Housing Association, Rykneld Homes, embarked on the refurbishment of 328 homes in the villages of North Ringfield, Pilsley, Tupton and Dronfield in June 2015. The properties, built of REEMA hollow panel construction, were cold and draughty, with residents paying high fuel bills whilst struggling to maintain heat levels within their homes.

Using ECO funding, the £2.3m project saw the specification of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI, which is perfect for overcladding existing properties. Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system with grey 80mm EPS insulation and finished it with a “Snowdrop” coloured dash effect on a grey render basecoat. To add aesthetic interest to the properties, brick-effect render detailing was added around the windows and door frames, tinted and shaded to remain in keeping with surrounding traditional brick houses.

Thermal Transformation

Westdale services, who have an established track record of successful EWI installations, partnered closely with Rykneld Homes to utilise the latest in bespoke thermal imaging technology. As such, IRT Surveys Ltd were instructed to undertake infrared thermal imagery on a sample number of properties.

IRT also provided a ‘Carbon Dashboard’, allowing Rykneld’s Asset Managers to undertake sensitivity analyses of their housing stock, identifying energy usage per household and showing them where their resources are best-placed, in order to achieve the maximum improvements to energy efficiency.

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The result is, a remarkable transformation in thermal performance. The previous U-value of 1.69W/m2K has been slashed to a new value of 0.30W/m2K and EPC ratings have been improved from band F to band C.

The improved aesthetic appearance of the homes has also enhanced community spirit within the four villages, giving residents a renewed feeling of pride in their surroundings.

Graham Wingfield, Rykneld Homes’ Head of Regeneration & Development, commented:

“This project shows how community-wide regeneration should be done. Well done, with a simple and effective balance of colours and brick render detail, these dilapidated non-traditional properties have overcome their technical difficulties to offer a more attractive and comfortable place to live, with energy performance levels equivalent to that of New-Build schemes.”

Feedback from Ryneld Homes’ residents has also been very positive, with some of them commenting:

“We are highly satisfied with the work. We are much warmer and our bills are already reduced. The workmen have been very pleasant and worked really hard.” (88 Alma Rd).

“My home feels warmer. I am elderly and I feel better in myself now it is warmer. I have no complaints at all and am really pleased with the overall appearance of the house.” (64 Alma Rd).

“Our house is nice and warm and we really like it now!” (60 Alma Rd)

For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here