Greenwich Reach Development
I-beam Façade Alternative: Greenwich Reach Development
Greenwich Reach is a large residential development as part of an ongoing regeneration programme for the Greenwich area. The scheme was designed by Broadway Malyan as part of the Greenwich Millennium Village.
The visual effect of an exposed steel I-Beam was designed to break up the façade of the large building at every level.
This design effect was originally specified as a pressed imitation of I-Beam. The challenge of taking the design to reality was that one of the building on the development is curved.
Salisbury Glass, contacted Bailey Total Building Envelope to help find a solution as it’s virtually impossible to provide a pressed imitation I-Beam which is ‘Truly’ curved. The I-Line system however, is more flexible and suitable for curved facades.
Bailey worked with Salisbury Glass and sent samples of I-Line for consideration. The big advantages of I-Line over traditional imitation I-Beam alternatives, is that the façade effect is created by the use of a front face fixed to the building with 2 flanges that are ‘snapped’ onto clips fixed to the face.This allows the facia to be manufactured as a curve, and the flanges take into account any building tolerances.
Project Manager Greg Martin comments,
“I-Line is a very versatile product and allows various façade effects to be achieved for a range of projects. The main advantage of using the system for Greenwich Reach is that the same product could be used across the development rather than having to find a different solution for the curved building.”
Additional benefits become more apparent on-site. The pre-fabrication of the I-line system prevents alignment issues. The ‘snap-on’ fixing method makes it quick and efficient to install. This saved money but also time on site.
The other aesthetic benefits of the system are that the aluminium can be supplied in a range of colours and finishes either by anodising or using a power coated finish.
This type of façade system can also be used in conjunction with a cassette system to deliver an eaves solution or as part of a solution for the external building envelope.
To find out more about how to use I-Line to achieve a steel beam appearance read the blog post.