Transformation to fire-safety
The Hyde Group are owners of seven storey Eyot House, and two neighbouring apartment buildings, which replaced original 1950s blocks. Working with main contractor, Engie UK Places & Communities, Eyot has recently undergone complete replacement of its external façade to ensure fire safety and compliance with Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018. The requirement is for a building that is over 18m in height to have all components in the external wall of at least EN13501 Class A2-s1,d0.
Daniel Assender of multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, Martin Arnold, was appointed by The Hyde Group as designer, contract administrator and clerk of works for the project. Daniel explained, “Rockpanel was specified as the only non-aluminium, A2 rated product able to meet our design brief, being light, flexible and offering great aesthetic choice in terms of colour and surface finish.”
The Rockpanel and ROCKWOOL system
Leading external envelope solution specialists, TetraClad, were tasked with replacing the existing cladding with a completely new fire-safe system. The firm’s Technical Director Adrian Buckmaster said, “We used non-combustible sheathing board, which provides 90 minutes fire resistance; ROCKWOOL Duoslab insulation (A1 non-combustible); ROCKWOOL OSCB Cavity Barriers, and Rockpanel A2 (FS-Xtra). We used the Rockpanel A2 (FS-Xtra) as it complies with the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018.”
Rockpanel Area Sales Manager Gerald Roper, “Around 1600 m² of Rockpanel A2 (FS-Xtra) was installed at Eyot House. We were able to supply RAL matched colour, metallic and natural wood surface design options which closely resembled the existing scheme. The project has been a great success and, using the same system, we are planning to transform neighbouring, Hyde Group owned, Prospect and Hicks apartment blocks.” Adrian Buckmaster of TetraClad went on to say, “We have worked with Rockpanel before. Their products are lightweight and easy to cut on site without the need to seal edges, making installation quicker, saving time and money.”