Victoria Square

Victoria Square, Woking, London GU21 6DG

Victoria Square Headline Facts:

641 natural stone faced panels, covering 7,600 square meters.

Contractor : Sir Robert McAlpine

Architect : Benoy

Lancer Square

5A Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4LD

Lancer Square Headline Facts:

469 natural stone faced and brick faced panels, covering 6,760 square meters.

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Squire & Partners

The Marq, Duke’s Court

The Marq, 32 Duke Street, London SW1Y 6DF

The Marq, Duke’s Court Headline Facts:

157 brick faced, portland stone faced and gold gilded panels, covering 2,511 square meters.

Contractor : Skanska

Architect : Rolfe Judd and John McAslan & Partners

The Finer Details:

Duke’s Court is a mixed development of retail and office space on the corner of Duke Street and Jermyn Street in St James, London.  Designed by John McAslan & Partners and Rolfe Judd Architects and delivered by Skanska, Duke’s Court features beautiful gold gilding on the corner façade panels and a brass frame around the windows, all adding a touch of glamour to this particular corner of London’s West End. 

Techrete were appointed by Skanska to design, manufacture and install 157 panels in total. This included insulated Portland Stone faced panels, brick faced panels with factory fitted punch windows.  The mixture of Portland stone, two variations of brown and white brick and a Belgian blue limestone plinth were all developed to create the overall effect of Duke’s Court’s façade.

The pre-formed unitised punch window panels were in some cases, three windows wide and are stacked on Portland stone mullions between the ground and first floor.  The footprint of the building was so tight that this system was essential for the project and allowed us to install from inside of the building, thus avoiding scaffolding, which would have invaded public pedestrian zones.

The panel design combines both a stacked and steel corbel system restrained back to the main steel frame.  The factory insulated panels, fire stop details and the factory installed windows system were all coordinated via 3D modelling.

The corner façade features specially commissioned artwork on the panels.  The gold leaf inlay on the carved stone was to resemble a ‘dropped thread’.  Grooves were cut into the Portland stone panels for the gilding of the gold leaf and Techrete provided the drawings for these grooves.

The contemporary design coupled with the touch of classical glamour on the unusual corner façade and its location in such a prestigious area of London, have all been factors in contributing to the high-profile nature of this project for Techrete.  The elegant Portland stone, the warm brick and the gold gilding all together demonstrate how a combination of finishes can create a striking, contemporary façade and this will stand to us in the future when architects are considering this element right at the beginning of a projects.

Duke’s Court is one of the first buildings to achieve ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ for both its façade and core.

Southgate Bath

Southgate Bath, 12 Southgate Street, Bath BA1 1AQ

Southgate Bath Headline Facts:

1,700 natural stone faced and reconstructed stone panels, covering 19,000 square meters.

Contractor : Sir Robert McAlpine

Architect : Chapman Taylor

Smithfield

Smithfield, Dublin 1

Smithfield Headline Facts:

700 natural stone faced and panels covering 5,500 square meters.

Contractor : G&T Crampton

Architect : HKR

Severn Trent

Severn Trent, 2 St Johns Street, Coventry CV1 2LZ

Severn Trent Headline Facts:

386 natural stone faced and reconstructed stone panels, covering 6,270 square meters.

Contractor : BAM

Architect : Webb Gray

Riverside

43 Hanover Riverside, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Riverside Headline Facts:

520 natural stone faced and reconstructed stone panels, covering 4,820 square meters.

Contractor : P. Elliott

Architect : KMD

Grand Arcade

Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Grande Arcade Headline Facts:

570 natural stone faced panels, covering 6,100 square meters.

Contractor : Bovis Lendlease

Architect : Chapman Taylor

Edinburgh Conference Centre

Edinburgh Conference Centre, The Exchange, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Edinburgh Conference Centre Headline Facts:

Reconstructed stone panels

Contractor : Sir Robert McAlpine

Architect : Terry Farrell

Bramall Music Building

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

290 brick faced and natural stone faced panels, covering 4,900 square meters.

Contractor : BAM Construction

Architect : Glenn Howells

190 The Strand

190 The Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1DP

190 Strand Headline Facts:

313 natural stone faced panels, covering 4,500 square meters

Contractor : Berkley Homes

Architect : Grid Architects

Molesworth St

10 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

10 Molesworth Street Headline Facts:

262 brick facing, natural stone facing and reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,515 square meters.

Contractor: PJ Hegarty & Son

Architect: Henry J Lyons

The Finer Details:

Techrete were engaged to design, manufacture and erect over 3,500 m² of architectural brick faced precast concrete cladding panels, as part of the façade of number 10 Molesworth Street. Chosen for our speed of erection and Techrete’s ability to provide for quality control of the brickwork and jointing, the architectural precast element consists of mullions, spandrels, parapets and stone-faced wall panels. The carefully chosen mix was Techrete’s timelessly elegant light, warm, off-white mix with an etched finish. To complement the mix, a natural stone-faced wall panel was chosen.

The brick wall panels offered a striking yet complementary contrast to the reconstructed stone mix. The chosen brick is a blended red colour range with off-white mortar joints. To keep with the Georgian tradition, the bricks were laid in a Flemish bond. The building combines both traditional and contemporary design and with careful selection of materials and modern construction methods, the symmetry and overall appearance of the building has managed to adopt the genre of prestige that is synonymous with this area of Dublin.

Five Lamps

Five Lamps, Amien Street, North Strand, Dublin 1

Five Lamps Headline Facts:

120 natural stone faced and brick faced panels, covering 1,200 square meters.

Contractor: Townlink Construction

Architect : CMP Architects

Dundrum Town Centre

Dundrum Shopping Centre, Sandyford Road, Dublin 16

Dundrum Town Centre Headline Facts:

800 reconstructed stone, natural stone faced and terracotta faced panels, covering 8,000 square meters.

Contractor : John Sisk & Son

Architects : BKD Architects

St Barts Hospital

St. Barts Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

St. Barts Hospital Headline Facts :

680 natural stone faced panels, covering 6,100 square meters.

Contractor : Skanska

Architect : HOK

Regent’s Place

Regent’s Place, 338 Euston Rd, London NW1 3BT

Regent’s Place Headline Facts :

580 stone faced and reconstructed stone panels covering 6,100 square meters.

Contractor : Lendlease

Architect : Terry Farrell Architects

Paternoster Square

Paternoster Square, London

Paternoster Square Headline Facts:

630 natural stone faced and reconstructed stone panels, covering 6,100 square meters.

Contractor : Bovis Lendlease

Architect : McCormack Jamieson Prichard

Merrill Lynch

Merrill Lynch, 2 King Edward St, Farringdon, London EC1A 1HQ

Merrill Lynch Headline Facts:

1,050 natural stone facing, brick facing and terracotta facing panels, covering 8,650 square meters.

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Swanke Hayden Connell

Ludgate West

Ludgate West, London

Ludgate West Headline Facts:

250 natural stone faced panels covering 2,700 square meters.

Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Architect : Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Juxon House

Juxon House, 100 St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8BU

Juxon House Headline facts:

900 natural stone faced panels, covering 6,000 square meters.

Contractor : Lend Lease

Architect : Siddell Gibson Partner