Kawneer To Tower Over The Olympic Park
26 April, 2011
Ardmore Construction are currently installing a mixture of unitised and traditional curtain walling from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer on one of the tallest residential buildings to be built in London.
Kawneer’s AA®201 unitised or modular/off-site curtain walling will be designed and installed by specialist contractor Architectural Glazed Facades on the fourth to 43rd storeys of the landmark Halo Tower at 150 High Street, Stratford while the traditional stick-system AA®110 mullion-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines will feature on the ground to third levels.
The tallest building in the UK to feature Kawneer’s curtain walling, the Halo Tower will offer panoramic views over The City and Olympic Park. It is one of six new residential buildings all over seven storeys being built by Ardmore Construction for Genesis Housing Association.
The fast-track mixed-use regeneration development, which also includes the refurbishment of Warton House - a 1930s building, into artists’ studios and apartments - will provide almost 3,000m² of retail/commercial/community floor space for Class A1-A4/B1/D1 uses.
More than 700 one- to four-bedroomed apartments and penthouses will benefit from high-speed lifts and carefully-designed landscaped spaces between the buildings, providing opportunities for residents and the public to walk, sit and play.
Delivery architects KDS Associates said: “The façade is designed to express verticality and provide interest by the introduction of coloured spandrels which fade from dark to light blues to the rear and upwards. To reduce the appearance of distinct horizontal bands, four transition zones are introduced to soften colours where they change vertically.
“Natural ventilation to each living space and bedroom is provided by purge ventilators located behind aluminium perforated screens running the full height of the tower.”
Ardmore said: “This integrated approach, combined with our prefabricated bathroom pods, will enable rapid fitting out and early phased handovers. The tower core is being jump formed and the central stairs formed in pre-cast concrete. The early installation of lifts enables phased occupation of the lower levels as fit-out continues above.
For further information, please contact:
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
Architectural Services Team
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