Athlete’s Village No. 3 & 4

Athlete’s Village No. 3 & 4, Victory Parade, East Village, London E15 2ER

Athlete’s Village No. 3 & 4 Headline Facts:

2,065 reconstructed stone and brick faced panels, constructed offsite and covering 17,199m2 of the facades.

Contractor : Lendlease

Architect : Patel Taylor Architects

Athlete’s Village No. 2

Athlete’s Village No. 2, Victory Parade, East Village, London E15 2ER

Athlete’s Village No. 2 Headline Facts:

1,035 precast concrete panels constructed offsite, and covering 8,866m2 of the facade.

Contractor: Ardmore

Architect : Lifschulz Davidson Sandilands and KDS Associates

Swansea University

Swansea University, Singleton Park, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8P

Swansea University Headline facts:

850 precast concrete panels, constructed offsite, covering 7,300m2

Contractor : Vinci

Architect : Glancy Nichols & Powell Dodson

University College London Hospital

University College London Hospital, 235 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BU

UCLH Headline Facts:

1,381 brick faced panels, covering 17, 227m²

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Pilbrow & Partners

St. Paul’s School

St. Pauls School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JT

St. Paul’s School Headline Facts:

164 reconstructed stone panels.

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Grant Associates

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

Eagle Centre

The Eagle Centre, Derby

Eagle Centre Headline Facts:

500 reconstructed stone panels, covering 2,700 square meters.

Contractor : Westfield Shopping Towns

Architect : Westfield Shopping Towns


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

3 Pancras Square (B6)

3 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG

3 Pancras Square Headline facts:

593 reconstructed stone panels covering 7,725 square meters.

Contractor : BAM

Architect : Porphyros Architects

The Finer Details:

Techrete were awarded the contract for the design, manufacture and installation of the pre-cast elements of number 3 Pancras Square. The building comprises of an architecturally complex precast concrete facade which attaches to a steel-work frame over 10 floors. The building blends effortlessly with the other projects in the Kings Cross area, complementing the other Techrete buildings surrounding it. Production began at our facility in January 2015, with the first panels arriving on-site in July 2015. The project completed in December of that year.

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

2 Pancras Square (B4)

2 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG

2 Pancras Square Headline Facts:

427 reconstructed stone panels, covering 5,907 units.

Contractor : BAM

Architect : Allies & Morrison

The Finer Details :

This 11 storey, 130,000 sq ft office building was designed by Allies & Morrison. The design of the architectural precast cladding gives it an interesting rhythm. As the building rises, the precast mullion sections reduce in width but deepen in depth. This was achieved by specially designed adaptable moulds. The curtain walling / glazing was prefixed to the frame, above level 2, in advance of the cladding. A delicate installation operation ensued and the fixing system had to be adjusted to the depth of the reveals. In order to increase the speed of erection, reduce cost and improve general efficiency, some of the panels were 2 storey high “F” panels. This allowed for a rapid rate of enclosure to be achieved.

The immediate impression of this building is of mullions and spandrels but a keen eye can see upon closer inspection that the mullions actually decrease in width towards the top of the building and the windows at these levels are set back further to create deeper reveals and create greater solar shading. The key to the manufacture of this was mould adaptability. To ensure minimal staining from rainwater on the face of the building, the spandrels were designed to guide the water towards a vertical drainage system in the mullions, which keeps the water off the face of the building.

The concrete mix contains some Spanish Dolomite aggregate which adds a sparkle to the façade. The uppermost level has an unusual feature of a winter garden. This comprises of 3 storey high colonnades with free standing cantilever structures. This is a very uncommon feature and structural modelling was utilised in the design process. Due to the size of the panels, some challenges were encountered during the installation process. Prior to installation these panels (10m in length) had to be rotated with the use of the tower crane and then hoisted into position.