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Building Envelope Overview

  • Growth drivers and strategy

    • Architectural specification
    • Building regulations relating to energy management
    • Demand for sustainable solutions
  • Opportunities and potential

    • Business development opportunities arising from the new Alumasc Building Envelope specification sales approach together with Alumasc Roofing
    • Development of the UK balconies & balustrading business
    • Development of North American export business
    • Growth in operating margins through operational efficiencies and increasing the proportion of design and supply only
  • Routes to market

    • Direct to main building contractors in the UK
    • Through general contractors and installing sub-contractors in North America
  • Operations and supply chain

    • Partial UK manufacture providing fabrication, assembly and finishing operations
    • Diversified specialist supply chain of mainly UK and European based suppliers
    • Levolux installation of certain systems in the UK

Department of Work and Pensions

Alumasc were chosen by the designers and contractors BECT to provide a building envelope solution for what would be the largest new office development to be built in the Welsh valleys.  The client for this building was Rightacres of Cardiff to construct premises for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Starting on site in December 2018 the building is now nearing completion and has a final construction cost of circa £27 million to provide 133,000 square feet of office space housing some 1,700 staff.

An Alumasc roofing system comprising a Derbigum warm roof build up was designed to provide longevity and assurance with a proven life cycle benefit of over 60 years.  It was a full, tapered insulation scheme to allow designated drainage to Alumasc Harmer outlet systems.

Through careful consideration by the design team this proposal was selected due to the outstanding system fire rating and the warranty.  The building insurers were involved in the selection process in order to meet and exceed their own strict requirements.

Levolux designed and installed the 300mm aerofoil fins in standard PPC fitted back to a steel frame with a 200 x 50mm box section Infiniti system.  This provides timber effect curtain wall areas with thermally broken brackets as an aesthetic design to the front elevation of the building, thereby breaking up the overall design with a highly visually pleasing façade.

Right from the very early design stage and throughout construction Alumasc was available to provide assistance and technical advice for modifications to ensure that a long-term working relationship was built upon trust and integrity, ensuring that the project requirements were delivered within budget.

Image Credit: Chris Waterworth Architects