The project known as Britton House is a 21 storey residential building in the Green Quarter of Manchester and was complete in circa 2007. The building has been found to be clad in combustible expanded foam insultation with a render finish, metal cladding with combustible expanded foam insulation and element of brickwork without cavity barriers, all of which are no longer compliant with current building regulations.
DMWR were appointed by Thomasons to assist in the investigation into the existing façade construction, to assess existing fire stopping measures such as cavity closers and to research and develop replacement solutions that comply with current building regulations.
This included the making recommendations for the removal and replacement of the existing cladding, the replacement of combustible substrate materials, including sheathing boards, and the protection of any structural steelwork.
The building is predominantly clad in white render, which was compliant. The non-compliant render formed inserts within the white render and therefore the challenge was to source a suitable replacement which would achieve a similar depth whilst offering similar aesthetics.