During construction of the prestigious residential project at Enderby Wharf EOS Facades were able to achieve the manufacturing lead times of less than five days.
Enderby Wharf’s studio apartments are an impressive 47m2, while the one bedroom apartments are 51m2. By taking advantage of the lightweight steel infill walling solution provided by EOS, Barratt London were able to reduce foundation requirements and significantly improve design/flexibility and customisation. Using light gauge steel frame as the primary structure allows developers to construct high-rise buildings that offer a larger number of dwellings at a spacious size.
EOS’ lightweight steel framing is typically used for the primary structure of housing and low-to-medium-rise buildings of two to four storeys. For taller buildings, often constructed in highly populated, urban areas, steel framing can be complemented by the use of hot-rolled members at key locations. Light gauge steel framing can be used for a building’s full frame but also for a variety of roofing, volumetric modular options and infill walling applications.
Through the use of offsite construction EOS Facades are able to meet tight programme requirements set out by developers. Offsite construction also reduces the lag time that is often seen on traditional building sites in which site-work, foundations and building construction occur consecutively. When it comes to residential buildings, speed of construction is particularly beneficial due to it providing a faster return on capital employed. This is crucial in places such as London where tall apartment buildings dominate the residential sector.
Another advantage to building offsite is the improved energy efficiency and waste reduction. This is highly applicable to London as it currently has a target of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. Homes and workplaces account for around 78% of CO2 emissions in London and with 80% of the existing building stock likely to still be in place in 2025 it is vital to improve the energy performance of new builds in order to cut carbon emissions.