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“It’s important for contractors to engage experienced cladding suppliers to fulfil often complex remediation projects”

by Jennie Ward

Vivalda Group says it has seen an uplift in recladding projects and expects to see further growth in the next year, but the supplier says it’s important for contractors to partner with companies who have “the expertise and knowledge” when working on “often complex remediation projects.”

Vivalda Group, a leading supplier of non-combustible rainscreen cladding systems, says it has been instrumental in several major remediation projects, replacing unsafe material with A-rated compliant facades. 

Having already completed a dozen recladding projects involving high rise residential towers, Vivalda Group says it is well placed to provide the best solution for any remediation project. Thanks to its divisional structure, Vivalda Group can provide a wide range of fully tested, non-combustible branded cladding.

Alternatively, the company points out it can manufacture A-rated bespoke cladding via its wholly owned facility MSP Facades. Even better, its sister company Prism Powder Coating can provide a fully Qualicoat-approved powder coating solution. With both businesses based near Glasgow, Vivalda Group says this ensures consistent quality and reliable supply.

Denning Point, Tower Hamlets, London.

In the case of London-based Denning Point, Vivalda Group’s Glasgow-based façade specialist MSP was tasked with the fabrication of pre-coated solid aluminium boards. Vivalda Group says while the UK’s Housing Ministry (MHCLG) has been criticised for the slow progress of repair work on high rise buildings, MSP Facades is predicting a lot more of this type of project in the next year. 

Denning Point is a classic 1960s residential tower in Tower Hamlets, London. Comprising 23 stories, the building was re-clad in 2014. However, following the Grenfell Tower fire and a subsequent change in safety regulations, the owners – Eastend Homes – commenced the process of removing non-conforming cladding material. 

Recladding specialist D+B Facades commenced remediation work in early 2020, using A1-rated solid aluminium panels in three custom colours to replace the existing, non-conforming cladding. Fabrication of the new non-combustible panels was undertaken by MSP, who can provide either an off-site fabrication or full manufacture and powder coat solution.  

To minimize project timescales, noise and disruption to residents, D+B Facades was able to utilize the existing cladding framework, installing new mineral wool insulation and cavity barriers before the 3mm thick solid, pre-painted aluminium panels were fixed in place. 

Gillian Thomson, Branch Manager at MSP Facades.

Gillian Thomson, Branch Manager at MSP Facades, commented: “While the technical demands of this project were reasonably straightforward, the sheer volume and variety of panels is unusual.

“During the six-month build process, we fabricated more than 2,100 panels equating to approximately 2,500m2. We also cut to size and punched around 360 smaller, perforated panels, covering 220m2. Throughout the whole process, we were very mindful of reducing waste and optimizing every aluminium panel. Utilising our optimization software, we were able to achieve maximum yield from every sheet of metal.

“Looking ahead, it’s important for contractors to engage experienced cladding suppliers with the expertise and knowledge to fulfil often complex remediation projects. We’re aware that the predicted demands on the industry may soon outstrip the supply of skilled people – so our highly trained workforce is likely to be extremely busy for the rest of 2021 and well into 2022.”

www.vivalda.co.uk

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