Collaboration is key
AHH fulfilled the role of architect for the project, with TA Colbourne Projects being responsible for the installation of the external rainscreen cladding system. Their Sales and Pre-Construction Director, Paul Mann, talked about the process, “Because of the nature of this multi-storey residence, The NHBC were involved throughout the design process, to review and approve the performance characteristics of the materials used. Rockpanel were invaluable in assisting us to successfully satisfy this additional level of scrutiny.”
Christine Rees-Davies, of Rockpanel, talked about the project, “We were happy to collaborate on this great looking project by assisting with the precise technical aspects of the design and arranging the supply of materials for an in-situ mock-up to help ensure the correct specifications were met and approvals gained. Thankfully, all Rockpanel ranges are lightweight and easy to cut on site without the need to seal edges, making installation quicker, saving time and money – important considerations for this busy urban site.”
Amended post-2017 regulations
The scale and complexity of high-rise residential properties constitute a particular challenge when it comes to ensuring the various parts of an external facade cladding system work efficiently together and conform to the same stringent building regulations.
Exterior cladding systems for buildings over 18m must comply with strict fire safety performance characteristics to ensure the protection and safety of the building’s users. Rockpanel A2 meets National Building Regulations, which were amended in 2018 following the tragic events of 14 June 2017. At Platinum Skies Quantock House this entailed installation of a total through wall construction using Euroclass A1 or A2 fire rated products, to ensure that the whole system satisfied the requirements of BS EN 13501-1