Soundcraft were approached by Fairview to provide a timber alternative to the initial proposal to supply steel doors and windows for new double storey luxury apartments that were to be built on the top of the old Shell Downstream building on the South Bank, to form the 11th and 12th floors.
Soundcraft’s timber option was preferred for its aesthetic and technical merits and Soundcraft were awarded the contract for the works, valued at £500,000. The demanding performance requirements included the provision of pairs of fire resisting doors, giving FD30 integrity and insulation. In addition, at a height of 40 metres, close to the Thames, the doors and windows had to meet a severe weather rating.
A fully drained external glazing system was used, along with Scandinavian timber window design principles. This was a design, manufacture and supply project. Mike Haines, the senior surveyor for Fairview said that “The Soundcraft solution was perfect for the project. Not only were the performance requirements met, but the use of timber rather than steel gave a much warmer feel to apartments. We were delighted with the result”.
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