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Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) replacement at a student accommodation building in London

One of our first ACM replacement projects at this student accommodation and mixed-use property in London's bustling Whitechapel.

A review of their large commercial portfolio led to this building’s owner completing a comprehensive review of their fire strategy. Here we replaced all of the ACM panels in this busy Whitechapel building, and installed new cavity barriers to a third party design.

Whatever it takes

Working as the main contractor on this design and build contract, Osprey were originally contracted to provide access and replace only the rainscreen panels. The scope of works increased to the full replacement and comprehensive repair and remediation of the entire building.

  • Replacement of breather membrane, EPDM’s, cavity barriers and secondary support system
  • New brackets engineered to support the existing structural features
  • New flashings designed to improve weathering.

Talk, talk

This building was fully occupied by students, commercial and retail tenants. Liaison with residents was critical to ensure mutual co-operation over working times, and to maintain access for ground floor tenants.

  • Out of hours working to maintain access to the retail and commercial units
  • Restricted noisy-working hours.
  • Careful movement of materials through the building and surrounding pedestrainised walkways. 

And talk some more...

Timely liaison with the clients representatives and third party inspectors was critical to maintain the design specification and standards.

  • Full communication and design input from Wintech, with a complete inspection schedule
  • Liaison with fire engineers to ensure a compliant design
  • Full QA processes, recording the existing envelope and all of the replacement elements.

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