The project: Addlestone One is a £90m mixed-use town centre regeneration scheme led by Runnymede Borough Council. Bouygues was appointed in November 2012 to develop the Council’s aspiration for new shops, leisure facilities, homes and public spaces which would aim to create a vibrant environment for people to work, visit and live. The project is due for completion in October 2017.
The brief: The residential element of the scheme, six apartment buildings, had originally been designed as a timber frame structure. However due to budget constraints and concerns over fire safety, Bouygues needed to find another option.
The solution: Bouygues reviewed concrete and light gauge steel as alternative building materials before concluding that Fusion’s pre-insulated system would be the most suitable option
Our design team worked closely with Bouygues to adapt the original timber frame designs, taking care to retain the architectural integrity of the buildings. We used our patented frame insulation system to ensure the apartments were insulated to 0.2W/m2K without any further materials needing to be installed on site. All M&E positions were pre-cut into the insulated frames, making installation for other trades as easy as possible, and we were able to adapt our design to cater for masonry above a height of 12m, something which is not normally possible when working with a light gauge steel system.
Challenges faced: The Addlestone site was extremely busy with so many elements of the scheme coming together at the same time. Access was tight and with a school located opposite, there were further restrictions over vehicle movements. But, by integrating our team with Bouygues early in the supply chain, we were able to deliver exactly the right product to site, using five or six times fewer vehicle loads than traditional build methods, produce little or no wastage, and have no more than 10 personnel on site at any one time. We provided Bouygues with predictability and reliability throughout the build.