Leading building envelope contractor Longworth is working with SFS on the construction of two iconic brass clad towers in the heart of Birmingham, which will transform the city’s skyline and deliver a mix of luxury apartments, retail space and a 180-bed hotel.
The striking Left Bank development in the city centre’s popular West End is the brainchild of Regal Property Group, with finance by Aprirose, and will be one of the tallest buildings in Britain’s second city when it is completed in Summer 2019.
Designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, the buildings are already taking shape on a key site close to the entrance to Brindley Place. The first 22-storey building will accommodate 189 luxury apartments and 3,580 m2 ground floor retail space, with the second phase being an 18-storey building accommodating an Innside Hotel. Due to Birmingham's potpourri of modern and historic buildings, these two towers are designed in response to the nearby Grade II Listed building, The Brasshouse, and the industrial heritage of the site.
Longworth was appointed by main contactor Wates Construction at an early stage, and worked closely with them, alongside the architects, for over a year in the pre-construction phase of the project. This allowed for expert building envelope input during a period in which there were numerous specification changes and as well as the overall design for the first tower. The final choice of surface finishes for the envelope demanded high quality fastening solutions that would stand the test of time and perfectly complement the crucial aesthetic goals.
The partnership agreed on the supply and installation of an Alucoil Larson ACM FR - Brass Brushed panel with a fire-rated mineral core. This drained and back-ventilated rainscreen cladding system for Tower 1 is being fitted with an Nvelope bracket and rail system and powder-coated SLA3 frame fasteners, SLA 5 fasteners, as well as SX3 and SX5 A4 (grade 316) stainless steel fasteners from SFS.
Ben Parker, Business Development Manager at Longworth, comments, "We're very proud to be appointed on the Left Bank development contract for cladding. We have brought a more creative project approach to provide a solution for an application that would usually be fixed with a rivet. Instead we chose to use self-drilling fasteners from SFS for several key reasons, most notably to get the perfect colour match for the fixings and the ACM panels, and significant installation time-saving benefits.
“We collaborated with SFS at an early stage to produce a number of fastener samples to get the closest match possible. Despite the challenge of the panel board’s marble effect which shimmers in different light, the tenacity and determination of the SFS team to deliver the right powder coated fastener result was impressive, and on the sixth version we knew we’d achieved the perfect match.
Graeme McIlroy, Regional Sales Manager, comments, "It has been a pleasure working with Longworth on this prestigious project. It’s a perfect demonstration of our powder coated fasteners capability which enables over 200 RAL colours. For this project, we were happy to go that extra mile to ensure a truly bespoke finish for our powder-coated fasteners and ensure the architects vision of the building could be fully realised. We look forward to seeing the completed project".