Cabot Circus, Bristol
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Rainscreen & Helping Hand Bracket System
A1 Fire rated Insulation
Design development was to a High level including bespoke design, engineered, tested and fully CGL warranted system.
An iconic building in the Bristol skyline that became a focal point for the local council following the Grenfell disaster. Due to the combination of polyethylene and combustible Aluminium cladding, Eclipse tower became a key project for MCS in 2022.
Eclipse had a combination of complex geometry and limited space. This was unfortunate but expected disadvantage of city Centre locations with permanent residents, thus it was always going to be filled with challenges to overcome.
For this project we worked closely with Sir Robert McAlpine, ensuring that the project was delivered to the highest standard whilst prioritising an exceptional level of safety. With 14 stories of rainscreen cladding that needed to be stripped and replaced with minimal disruption to the residents, a strong focus on program and logistical planning was required. MCS had to remove the existing façade leaving just the SFS support structure and plasterboard exposed before structurally enhancing the SFS and installing the new façade within the same day ensuring a 25 year warranty could be provided.
In order to provide a robust design that could be adapted to follow the variations within the existing structure and windows that would interface with the new façade point cloud and on site surveys were completed. This allowed for a top down installation that had less than 1mm deviation across the overall height of the building.
Within excess of 800 drawings were developed, supported by onsite testing, engineering and a mock up of an entire flat. This meant that MCS were able to provide our installation team with a wealth of information that worked cohesively with their experience and attention to detail. The result is a structurally sound building that fully complies with all fire performance regulations, allowing its residents to feel safe in their respective homes.