Kings Cross P2

113 King’s Cross Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9LR

Kings Cross P2 Headline Facts:

1,023 reconstructed stone panels constructed offsite, covering 9,715m2

Contractor: Kier / Argent

Architect: AHMM

Orchard Wharf

 Orchard Wharf, Silvocea Way, London E14 0JJ, United Kingdom

Orchard Wharf Headline Facts:

928 brick-facing panels covering 8,009m2

Contractor: CJ O’Shea Contracting

Architect: BUJ Architects

Brazennose House

Brazennose House, Brazennose St, Manchester M2 5AS

Brazennose House Headline Facts:

203 reconstructed stone panels, covering 2,357m2

Contractor : Marshall

Architect : Jon Matthews / 5 Plus Architects

Wolverhampton i9

Wolverhampton i9 Interchange, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LD

Wolverhampton i9 Headline Facts:

239 brick-facing panels, all constructed offsite and covering 2,358m2

Contractor : Grahams

Architect : Glenn Howells

Wintertide, Northwall Quay

Wintertide, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1

Wintertide Headline Facts:

674 reconstructed stone panels constructed offsite, covering 6,250m2 of the façade.

Contractor : Bennetts Construction

Architect : ABK

Cardiff Lane

Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

Cardiff Lane Headline Facts :

463 reconstructed stone panels, constructed offsite, covering 4,387m2.

Contractor : PJ Walls

Architect : Henry J Lyons

Building Performance Rating : LEED Platinum

10 The Broadway

10 The Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0DJ

10 The Broadway Headline Facts :

1,311 reconstructed stone panels, covering 13,431 square meters of two of the towers and the podiums of all six buildings.

Contractor : Multiplex

Architect : Squire & Partners

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

London Bridge, Shard

32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG

London Bridge Headline Facts :

1,500 square meters of GRC panels

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Renzzo Piano

Techrete Offices

Stephenstown Industrial Park, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, K32 W5665

Techrete Offices Headline Facts :

730 reconstructed stone panels, covering 9,700 square meters.

Contractor : P. Elliot LTD

Architect : James Smyth Architects

Penrose Two

Penrose Two, Penrose Dock, Co. Cork T23 YY09

Penrose Two Headline Facts :

179 reconstructed stone panels, covering 2,841 square meters.

Contractor : Hegarty

Architect : Wilson Architecture

The Finer Details :

Situated on the banks of the River Lee in Cork, Penrose One & Two is a commercial development constructed by Hegarty Construction and designed by Wilson Architecture.  The buildings enhance the emerging skyline at Cork’s docklands and delivers 250,000 square foot of sustainable, Grade A office space.  Situated in close proximity to the historical Penrose House, the buildings designs are based on classical proportions with the intention of embracing and enhancing their historical neighbour.

Techrete was awarded the tender to design, manufacture and install the architectural precast concrete cladding façades for both buildings at Penrose Dock.  

Penrose One is organised in three distinct vertical modules with Techrete’s double height vertical mullions elongating the building’s appearance. Structural precast concrete columns rise from ground level to the third floor, cast in three parts and stitched together, creating a grand entrance to the building and further elongating its appearance.   The precast concrete façade of Penrose Two also consists of mullions and spandrels and the consistency of both façades provides a framing approach to the original Penrose House. 

The chosen mix for the project was Techrete’s C190 with an acid etched finish, with provides a warm soft appearance to the façades. 

Cast-in lettering was used on panels for Penrose One and Two providing elegant signage for the two entrances.

Watch Penrose 1 & 2 Video Here :

Video Credit : JCD Group

Penrose One

Penrose One, Penrose Dock, Co. Cork T23 YY09

Penrose One, Penrose Dock Headline Facts

376 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,603 meters.

Contractor : PJ Hegarty

Architect : Wilson Architecture

The Finer Details :

Situated on the banks of the River Lee in Cork, Penrose One & Two is a commercial development constructed by Hegarty Construction and designed by Wilson Architecture.  The buildings enhance the emerging skyline at Cork’s docklands and deliver 250,000 square foot of sustainable, Grade A office space.  Situated in close proximity to the historical Penrose House, the buildings designs are based on classical proportions with the intention of embracing and enhancing their historical neighbour.

Techrete was awarded the tender to design, manufacture and install the architectural precast concrete cladding façades for both buildings at Penrose Dock.  

Penrose One is organised in three distinct vertical modules with Techrete’s double height vertical mullions elongating the building’s appearance. Structural precast concrete columns rise from ground level to the third floor, cast in three parts and stitched together, creating a grand entrance to the building and further elongating its appearance.   The precast concrete façade of Penrose Two also consists of mullions and spandrels and the consistency of both façades provides a framing approach to the original Penrose House. 

The chosen mix for the project was Techrete’s C190 with an acid etched finish, which provides a warm soft appearance to the façades. 

Cast-in lettering was used on panels for Penrose One and Two providing elegant signage for the two entrances.

Watch Penrose 1 & 2 Video Here :

Video Credit : JCD Group

Techrete Factory

Techrete Factory Stephenstown Industrial Park, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Techrete Factory Headline Facts:

906 industrial sandwich panels, covering 10,600 square meters.

Contractor : Elliotts

Architect : John Smith Architects

1 Southbank Place

1 Southbank Place, York Road, Bishop’s, London SE1 7NW

1 Southbank Place Headline Facts:

563 reconstructed stone panels, covering 7,905 square meters.

Contractor : Canary Wharf Group PLC

Architect : Squire and Partners

Watch our video here :

Video Credit : Gary Britton Photography
The Finer Details :

The redevelopment of Southbank Place in central London comprises 8 new buildings surrounding the quarter’s centrepiece, the Shell Centre Tower.  The overall redevelopment once completed, will be home to a mixture of offices, residences and retail space and will integrate with open public areas and pedestrian routes.  Techrete were engaged by Canary Wharf Group PLC to design, manufacture and install the precast concrete panels for three of the buildings within the quarter and these were Building 1, Building 4A and Building 4B.

Southbank Place 1 appears to step backwards in three blocks from the ground floor to story 5, from level 6 to level 9 and finally, from level 10 to level 14.

The building features 2 and 3 storey height panels, which were 11 metres long.  A major feature of the panels was their extra deep returns on the legs which creates a solar shade and visually achieves the architects design intent.

Self-compacting concrete using Techrete’s C190 mix for a warm off-white colour, was finished with acid etching to lightly expose the aggregate, giving the panels a soft slightly textured appearance.  Granite plinths were also utilised in a Kurum Grey finish and these were supplied to Techrete by Savema. 

A canopy was created down one elevation of building 1 to create a semi-enclosed space linking buildings 1 and 2.  The canope interfaces with the steel work and it was this interface, whilst small in size, was crucial in the overall development of the canope and was incredibly intricate for our draughtsmen to model.

Albert Quay

Navigation Square, Albert Quay, Cork City

Albert Quay Blocks 1 & 2 Headline facts:

543 reconstructed stone panels, covering 4,127 square meters.

Contractor : BAM

Architect : Henry J Lyons

The Finer Details:

Designed by Henry J Lyons Architects and contracted by BAM, Albert Quay, Navigation Square, is part of the largest ever office development to be undertaken in Cork. With a prime location in the city’s business district, Albert Quay enjoys panoramic views of the port at the river Lee and the entire development encompassing Navigation Square, provides over 33,000 square meters of office space.

The direction for the project from the outset was for building excellence. As the first Phase of a 2 stage process, a huge degree of coordination was required between all members of the design team, the contractor and Techrete as specialist contractor. Techrete was selected with regard to speed of erection and an ability to provide for quality control of the finishes and jointing which were all obtainable in our indoor factory environment.

The building was required to exist on its own and to then later stitch seamlessly into the larger development. This meant an increased complexity of access, structure and services due to the nature of the highly compact urban site. Regular workshops with Techrete, the full design team and contractor on site meant that a very high degree of coordination was possible.
The installation of this project posed some access difficulties for Techrete and as such, two tower cranes were required to complete the erection process.

The panels had to be lifted over the top of the building using a large tower crane, whilst a smaller mobile crane on the other side used precision handling to manoeuvre the panels into place. The precast element of this project comprised of wedge shaped mullions and rectangular spandrels supported on composite steel deck slabs which are restrained by steel beams. Bespoke steel moulds were created in preparation for the next phase of the overall project, of which Techrete have just completed the installation of the precast cladding.

The inverted ‘T’ shaped spandrels at the 2nd floor create a timeless, elegant quality to the facade. The free standing ‘goal post’ to the front of the building, is almost 10 meters high and is supported with a post tensioned 400 millimetres deep spandrel, spanning about 11 meters. This creates an impressive, grand front entrance to the building.

Techrete’s bespoke white polished panels, are aligned perfectly with the structural columns at the ground floor, also with a white polished finish and are connected to the steel structural columns above.

The project completed before its expected delivery date and allowed a partial handover to an occupier early. Overall this is a carefully considered and dynamic development. Whilst realising the full potential of this particular constrained city site, and whilst respecting the historic setting, this project greatly contributes to the surrounding neighbourhood and Cork as a whole.

XYZ Building

XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester M3 3AQ

XYZ Building Headline Facts:

388 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,836 square meters.

Contractor : McLaren Construction

Architect : Cartwright Pickard

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

Scottish Power

Scottish Power, 320 Street Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5AD

Scottish Power Headline Facts:

983 reconstructed stone panels, covering 14,472 square meters.

Contractor : Laing O’Rourke

Architect : Paige Park Architects

Collegelands

Collegelands, Havannah Street, Glasgow G4 0UB

Collegelands Headline Facts:

750 brick faced and reconstructed stone panels, covering 8,500 square meters.

Contractor : Dawn Construction

Architect : Page Park Architects

Clarence Dock

Clarence Dock, The Boulevard, Leeds LS10 1PZ

Clarence Dock Headline Facts:

442 reconstructed stone panels, covering 5,850 square meters.

Contractor : Shepherd

Architect : Carey Jones Architects