“It was important that the different buildings and property types had their own identity but had common elements that linked the whole scheme together,” explained Matthew Edwards, Associate Director at HGP Architects.
“Using the steel standing seam for the cladding, roofing, balcony edges, oriel windows and other details helped create a sense of continuity. Urban Seam® Façade and Colorcoat Urban® blends perfectly with the copper cladding, London Brick, timber and glass that feature heavily in the design.”
Due to the potential uncertainty around the cladding regulations at the time the scheme was being designed, it was important to ensure the fire performance of all cladding elements exceeded the current requirements. Also, due to the tight layout of the site and the mixture of apartment blocks and lower storey houses it was essential that the Urban Seam® Façade and Colorcoat Urban® products were adaptable to meet the requirements of the building regulations.
“Although the block on the north end, now known as Cormorant House, was under 18 metres high, we needed to make sure that the cladding was tested and fire-rated to the highest standard. Urban Seam® Façade offered the ideal solution, especially with the updated BBA certification in 2019,” added Matthew Edwards.