ROCKPANEL breathes fresh life into a landmark project
“A social housing refurbishment creating a high quality and low maintenance living environment for tenants and stimulating local regeneration”
An ambitious project in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is breathing fresh life into a deprived neighbourhood. The £16 million project at the Edward Woods Estate in Hammersmith, West London has used the decorative ROCKPANEL façade cladding among other building materials to rejuvenate the tower blocks and the surrounding area and is as a result fostering greater pride and social cohesion within the community.
Creating a striking and well-insulated building
The façade system specified for the tower blocks was a combination of ROCKPANEL cladding and ROCKWOOL Rockshield. “With this refurbishment the objectives were to achieve a cost effective, high performing, safe and attractive construction which would benefit our tenants. With these four aims in mind, the right building materials were sourced to enable the objectives to be achieved.” Explains Melbourne Barrett, Executive Director of Housing and Regeneration London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
The ROCKPANEL cladding applied in these tower blocks is fire-safe and rated with European Fire Classification B-s1, d0. Its recently introduced FS-Xtra boards offer even greater fire-safety which complies with European Fire classification A2-s1, d0. Especially in relation to the fire risk in high rise buildings such as tower blocks, fire-safe board material whilst also providing an opportunity to create unlimited cutting edge design is a must.
The Edward Woods Estate
This estate is the third most deprived neighbourhood in the borough, comprising 754 flats built in the 1960s – 528 in three 24-storey towers and 226 in four low-rise blocks. The Edward Woods Estate suffered from many of the social issues faced by many other inner city estates across the UK. The estate lacked communal facilities, had inadequate security, refuse and recycling facilities, and graffiti and vandalism were prevalent.
Additionally, the existing building was at the end of its lifecycle. The exposed concrete and brickwork panels required significant repair work. The flats were cold and plagued by condensation, as a consequence, residents faced excessively high fuel bills in part due to the building’s poor insulation and were at risk of fuel poverty.
Fast and efficient installation
The existing mosaic wall panels were overclad externally with ROCKPANEL Rockclad and Woods boards to further reduce heat loss and to give the tower blocks an attractive appearance. “Cladding a building of this size requires building materials with which you can work quickly and efficiently. ROCKPANEL is lightweight and easy to cut and shape so detailing can be completed quickly and easily, even when the building is in use by the tenants,” describes Irfan Dhoia, Commercial Manager at Breyer Group Ltd.
An attractive façade with a fresh appearance for decades to come
ROCKWOOL products have successfully improved both the life of the building and enhanced the residents’ comfort while at the same time helping reduce the buildings’ carbon footprint. “By cladding the tower blocks with ROCKPANEL we achieved an attractive façade which enhances the tenants’ and local community’s identification with the building. This building can now make a positive contribution to local regeneration activity,” says Ian Sarchett, Managing Director of ECD Architects.
A successful regeneration solution
By using ROCKWOOL products, the original Edward Woods Estate buildings were saved from demolition, and instead fully regenerated with a new and creative design; a long-lasting solution to benefit both tenants and the building’s owners. This was achieved at lower cost, with tenants experiencing minimum disruption to their lives and a maximized healthy indoor climate and benefits to the environment and the regeneration of the whole area.
Project key data
|Location||West London, United Kingdom|
|Type of project||Social Housing Refurbishment|
|Value of the refurbishment||£16 million|
|Volume||9000 m² ROCKPANEL Rockclad (Xtreme)|
and ROCKPANEL Woods
|Façade construction||Ventilated rainscreen cladding|
|Fixing||Rivets into aluminium adjustable frame|
ROCKWOOL group solutions
|Cladding system||ROCKPANEL Rockclad Xtreme|
|External Wall insulation||ROCKWOOL RockShield|
|Cavity Wall insulation||ROCKWOOL HP EnergySaver|
|Dry lining||ROCKWOOL Flexi|