Dorset Hotel London gets a new extension

Integral have recently been engaged by a new UK based client to Project Manage the delivery of the façade package to the new build extension of the Dorset Hotel in Shepherds Bush W12.

Our client is a UK based Unitised curtain walling contractor although this particular project consists of silicone sealed grid stick curtain walling glazed with sealed unit consisting of toughened and laminated solar control acoustic sealed units.

In addition, the package includes several Schuco access doors, glass balustrades, class 1 roof glazing, insulated cladding rain screen and roof level louvres. The new main entrance screen is designed to replicate the classic art deco design of the Chrysler Building in New York.

Then main contractor, a JV between Westfield Construction and Chain Zhejiang Construction of Hong Kong with offices in London and Manchester.

Installation commenced in August 2020 and is planned to be complete in Q1 of 2021.

 

Deansgate Manchester reaches practical completion

We are delighted that this project is now completed, with the Main Contractor achieving practical completion in June of 2020.

It has been a long and at times difficult journey, but the final building is a stunning and unique example of how the use of unusual materials in a unitised frame approach can work.

This is probably one of the most striking facades we have delivered to date.

Clink on this link to see what the Main Contractor has to say about how we delivered this project.

See Case studies section for more in depth details and photo of this project.

 

Oxford University Biochemistry Phase 2 – Challenging times through the Coronavirus pandemic

Congratulations to Laing O`Rourke`s site management team for the way they have kept everyone safe which has allowed the project to progress safely during the COVID19 pandemic.

There have been challenging delays with the procurement of materials, we experienced some suppliers closing their doors for a number of weeks, stopping deliveries to site altogether. The installation teams work force has had to be reduced to ensure safe social distancing can be achieved whilst still performing their duties in a safe way. With all this happening the project is still progressing well.

Integral have been monitoring the material delivery to site from both European and UK suppliers, very closely, which has proved challenging over the past 10 weeks. This has meant constant contact with suppliers and review of the site programme when delivery dates where finally agreed.

The project is planned to be completed mid July which is not far from the original contract date. Considering additional work and delivery issues we believe this is a testament to what can be achieved when Main Contractors, Sub Contractors, and suppliers all work together to deliver a project.

Nearly there ……

 

Deansgate Manchester nears completion

The demise of the main contractor and 4 weeks away from site plus the Coronavirus pandemic has meant an inevitable delay to the end date for this project. However, the new main contractor has worked diligently to keep the project on track. Extra works have been added taking the package value over £10m.

Big thanks to our client’s site management team for their endurance to keep the standards high in challenging circumstances.

We believe this is a stunning building and will be a great addition to the Deansgate streetscape. With a tenant moving in this will be a great space to work in.

Oxford University Biochemistry Phase 2

Integral Management have been providing project management services to deliver the external façade package at the above new build project. Laing O’Rourke have been working on the Oxford University campus for several years delivering a number of design award winning buildings for the University over this period.
 
The façade is an extension to phase 1 and therefore needed to match phase 1 in as many aspects as possible. This presented its own challenges as phase 1 was completed in 2008. The unitised system was upgraded to meet modern day standards and was vigorously independently tested to CWCT standards to ensure the system would perform to the project specifications.
 
The façade consists of 550 powder coated and anodised unitised frames with low iron solar control glass sealed units. There is a two-story basement with another 2 stories of unitied frames to the north lightwell to replicate phase 1, the building then rises to 4 stories on the east and south elevations.
 
The design includes a part fritting to the upper portion of the glass sealed units. We worked extensively with a European frit application specialist to match the semi-translucent frit colour used on phase 1.The external coloured glass fins consisting of 2 leaves of 8 mm extra clear toughened glass and 4 separate coloured Vancevas PVB interlayers have been used to achieve the various colour shades to individual fins. These were sourced from a Spanish glass supplier who Integral worked closely with, visiting the supplier facility on several occasions to inspect production and agree packing proceeded to ensure safe and timely site deliveries. The glass fins were installed to the unitised frame on site prior to the frames being lifted into position.
 
There are also Automatic sliding door sets to the north and south main entrances, complete with anodised aluminium soffit panels, and Louvre screens to the south services area, these are all planned to be installed in the early summer.
 
Site installation commenced in November 2019. Unitised frames were stored on the roof and lifted into place with a Self-Erecting Tower Crane provided by the Main Contractor. This allowed quick and standalone frame installation assisting the unitised frame installation programme to be bettered by several weeks.
 
There is also a complicated roof package. A large quantity of secondary steel was required to support the 1000 m sq. rain screen system. This will be encased with a Cement Particle board and a Wraptite self-adhesive membrane. Mullion rails, insulation, coloured plastisol lining panels and finally anodised aluminium perforated rain screen panels will complete the rain screen facade. The roof also included a 100 m sq. glazed roof light and 400 m sq. of Kingspan IKO Topdeck panels.
 
The package is planned to be completed in June 2020.
 
We will update the news page as site activity progresses.

Deansgate Manchester

125 Deansgate has been a very challenging project for both Integral Management and our client. The main façade package was completed in August 2019. However due to a number of unforeseen circumstances the programme for the main construction works has been extended to April 2020. We have been on site completing various elements and extra works on and off in over the last months. We are now in the final throws of managing the last elements of works, including some reglazing, internal snagging, extras work to provide over flashing to ACM pressings to the Deansgate elevation terrace and final commissioning of Geze automatic door operators and Boon Edam automatic revolving doors.

Once the project is fully complete, and the building is handed to the client we will post more final photos

Integral New Project in Manchester

With a change of geographical location, Integral have been asked to provide project management services to this striking building in the heart of Manchester’s commercial district.

Manchester has an incredible ongoing regeneration programme. Some 60 tower cranes can presently be seen at any one time on the Manchester skyline.

The facade package totally encloses the perimeter of the building from ground floor level to level 11, equating to nearly 7000 square metres. The facade includes anodised aluminium bespoke profile unitised frames. The external features are achieved with a bespoke architectural terracotta tile product supplied by a specialist German company.

The unitised frames and terracotta tiles have been assembled in our client’s European manufacturing facility and delivered to site in a carefully agreed sequence to meet the tight on-site installation programme.

The UK Architect, Glen Howes & Associates have been very constructive in their approach to the conclusion of design details. The package includes some 1600 natural anodised, pre-glazed unitised curtain walling panels with solar control Low iron and Low E glass sealed units. There are a number of ground floor curtain walling screens to the proposed restaurant and retail space. To conclude the ground floor facade, the rear east elevation which affronts the plant room and car park area will be encapsulated with a rain screen system which includes a vertical fin box detail. Bespoke Alucabond soffit system to the level 10 terrace and ground floor main entrance.

As part of Integral’s remit, we are responsible in selecting and monitoring all specialist suppliers including a European terracotta tile and frame manufacturers.

The design, material procurement and manufacture will be concluded within the next month. On-site installation has commenced with unitised frames installed up to level 6 on the south, phase one facade. Completion is scheduled for summer 2019.

Slough School Project Update

Of the three new build school schemes within the original package, one is nearing completion. Due to the variety of external cladding materials we have been reliant upon other sub-contractors completing their packages before the curtain walling screens within these phases can be finally completed. The last phase of the two remaining schools are planned for completion in September 2017. We will post more photos of the complete elevations nearer the time.

Installation progressing at R1 Kings Cross

The external precast stone facade is programmed to be complete by the end of August 2017. The unitised window frames are progressing well, being installed from level 1 up the facade of the building, installed into fully prepared openings within the precast stone.

Curtain walling grid work to level 1 and 2 atrium terrace area and ground floor on the north elevation is also well underway.

R1 Kings Cross

£1bn Regeneration Project in Slough

Integral are proud to be asked to be part of a £1bn regeneration scheme for Slough town centre. A good façade Client we have worked with successfully in the past asked us to Project Manage the design, procurement and delivery of the external glazing packages for three new build school schemes with Morgens Sindall, in Slough. The Curtain walling package worth over £500k is now on site and is due to be completed in June 2017