A recently built college in Bradford has benefitted from vertical cladding support systems from NVELOPE, the rainscreen cladding specialist. The new six storey learning centre has been fitted with NVELOPEs NV1 system to support 3800m2 of sandstone cladding. Lakesmere, building envelope specialists specified NVELOPEs NV1 systems due to its ease of installation.
The NV1 is a very simple hands free bracket system, which was easy to align and adjust on the job says John Dickson, Construction Manager of Lakesmere. We have used similar systems before, however we have never installed sandstone cladding. For this reason, we wanted to work with a support bracket which we were confident in. NVELOPEs NV1 is an excellent product which allowed us to overcome problems on site.
There was limited space on site due to the restrictions of a city centre project. Storage around the site was limited and all deliveries were scheduled to arrive on a timely manner. While this was an issue, the ability to fix the NVELOPE brackets quickly and easily helped speed up the installation.
NVELOPEs NV1 flexible point brackets were well suited for this project as they allow for expansion and contraction of the cladding when under strain from various weather conditions including strong winds. The NV ranges provides a secure fixing solution for façade materials including high pressure laminate (HPL), timber, weatherboard, fibre cement, fibre concrete, ceramic, thin stone, aluminium composite material (ACM) and many other metals. They are available pre-assembled with thermal isolators to help reduce thermal bridging and also prevent a chemical reaction which could occur between the aluminium bracket and the line in a concrete frame. Stand off sizes for the vertical range are from 40 300 mm.
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