Wood Wharf G3

Wood Wharf G3,100 Preston’s Road, London E14 9SB

Wood Wharf Headline Facts:

28 storey residential tower with 307 reconstructed stone panels constructed offsite, covering 3,857m2

Contractor: Canary Wharf Contractors

Architect: Allies and Morrison

Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London NW1 9UQ

Maiden Lane Headline Facts :

2,228 reconstructed stone panels, covering 19,734 square meters.

Architect : PRP

Contractor : Sisk

The Temple

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Complex, Kingsbury Road, NW9 8AQ

The Temple Headline Facts :

224 reconstructed stone panels, covering 2,760 square meters.

Contractor : FDL

Architect : LTS Architects

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.

Athlone Civic Centre

Athlone Civic Centre, Monksland, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 W5P9

Athlone Civic Centre Headline Facts:

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

Contractor : John Sisk & Son

Architect : Keith Williams

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Theatre Royal Headline Facts:

27 reconstructed stone panels, covering 340 square meters.

Contractor : Sandy Brown

Architect : Page / Park

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

Roches Stores / Debenhams

Roches Stores / Debenhams Henry Street, Dublin 1

Roches Stores Headline Facts:

120 reconstructed stone panels, covering 1,520 square meters.

Contractor : G&T Crampton construction

Architect : Newenham Mulligan

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

Glasgow Academy

Glasgow Academy, Colebrooke Street, Glasgow G12 8HE

Glasgow Academy Headline Facts:

328 reconstructed stone panels covering 2,631 square meters.

Contractor : Dunne Group

Architect : Page / Park

Galway Clinic

Galway Clinic, Doughiska, Co. Galway, H91 HHT0

Galway Clinic Headline Facts:

350 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,528 square meters.

Contractor : McNamara

Architect : David Jordan Architects

Clones Library

Clones Library, 98 Largy Avenue, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Clones Library Headline Facts:

98 reconstructed stone panels, covering 1,260 square meters.

Contractor : P. Elliotts

Architect : Keith Williams Architects

Bridgewater Place

Bridgewater Place, Leeds

Bridgewater Place Headline Facts:

1,050 reconstructed stone panels, covering 11,000 square meters.

Contractor : Bovis Lendlease

Architect : Aedas

Bluewater

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9ST

Anne Rowling Clinic

Anne Rowling Regenerative Clinic, Chancellor’s Building, University of Edinburgh, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SB

Anne Rowling Regenerative Clinic Headline Facts:

25 reconstructed stone panels, covering 285 square meters.

Contractor : Mansell

Architect : Keppie

St. Vincent’s Hospital

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4

St Vincent’s Hospital Headline Facts:

292 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,020 square meters.

Contractor : John Paul Construction

Architect : Scott Tallon Walker

NIBRT

NIBRT, UCD, Foster’s Avenue, Belfield, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

NIBRT Headline Facts:

150 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,002 square meters.

Contractor : John Sisk & Son

Architect : Jacobs Architects

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Hotel, Malahide Rd, Northern Cross, Co. Dublin

Hilton Hotel Headline Facts:

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

Contractor : PJ Walls

Architect : James Smith Architects

Gallery Quay

Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Gallery Quay Headline Facts:

500 reconstructed stone panels, covering 4,400 square meters.

Contractor : Pierse Contracting

Architect : HKR Architects

Two St. Peter’s Square

Two St. Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 3NQ

Two St. Peter’s Square Headline Facts:

546 reconstructed stone panels, covering 7,210 square meters.

Contractor : Laing O’Rourke

Architect : Simpson Haugh

Award : ‘Highly Commended’ – Concrete Society Awards 2018.

Judges comments :

“Visual appearance was a key driver in a very sensitive historic area of the city. The building does not look out of place at all, despite the time differences in construction. The decorative façades are very special and could only be done in precast concrete or an army of stone masons. Materials are standard but the complexity and quality of the finish is exceptional. The difficulty in forming these complex and varied units should not be underestimated. They are true three-dimensional concrete sculptures used as office window façades.


External column cladding was complex, multiply curved and feels appropriate for the location. The complexity, level of overall detail and quality is excellent. The joints of the units were lined up to show geometrical symmetry from vertical face to horizontal soffit. The judges were very impressed by this project. The decorative façades are superb and it would not be surprising if this level of decorative façade became more popular.

The Finer Details:

2 St. Peters Square, is a truly distinguished building with its 12 floors rising majestically over the surrounding streetscape. The gable end faces onto Princess St and the building is adorned with delicate filigree tracery panels. Drawing inspiration from the Lancaster Rose which adorns the county flag and from the Cotton Bud fountain, the tracery panels were designed to incorporate these elements whilst drawing on further inspiration from the Town Hall extension stair turrets. The tracery panels are both decorative and functional and offer natural shading from the full height glazing which is situated behind them.

This choice of mix with a polished finish gives the building a timeless elegance appropriate to its prime location amongst such buildings of historical importance. The panels on the main façades embraced the ethos of off-site construction. The windows were installed at Techrete production facility and were delivered and installed as one complete unit . This resulted in a reduction in programme time and in the amount of trades required on site. This project won ‘Highly Commended’ at the Concrete Society Awards 2018.