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Façade system adds to landmark London development

by Jennie Ward

Husk Architectural has supplied a new façade system to a landmark development in Islington, London.

250 City Road, situated between the financial district and Tech City, has been fitted with anodised Alpolic A2 panels made from aluminium composite material (ACM).

Over 3000m² of panels have been fixed to the mixed-use, high-density, low-energy development on the former site of a 1980s business park.

The 5.5-acre scheme consists of seven blocks, including two residential towers of 42 and 36 storeys, with ground level shops and cafes. The luxury apartments built by Berkley Group are priced from £885,000 to £1.9 million.

The 4mm-thick Alpolic panels are non-combustible thanks to their mineral-filled core and meet the strict requirements of the fire regulations.  Furthermore, they provide an impact-resistant, modern, weatherproof façade solution.

The panels were manufactured at the firm’s 200,000sq ft Shropshire facility.

Architects Foster + Partners have designed the buildings to conserve energy naturally. The buildings’ mass provides protection from the noise and pollution of City Road, as well as blocking northerly winds, and the towers have been designed to minimise down draughts to create comfortable public spaces.

The site incorporates a combined heat and power plant, which could potentially be connected to the local grid. Photovoltaic panels will provide renewable energy, while green roofs will encourage wildlife, and rainwater will be harvested and used for irrigation.

Aluminium is an environmentally friendly solution for construction project materials, being both 100% recyclable and maintenance free.

Husk Architectural can fabricate solid aluminium with anodised, pre-painted and PPC surfaces in addition to ACM’s, fibre cement boards and high-pressure laminates, with or without an accredited framing system.

www.husk-architectural.co.uk

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