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INCA Awards 2021 - Shortlist

INCA Awards 2021 Shortlist Revealed

The nominations are in and we’re pleased to announce the INCA Awards shortlist 2021. I’m sure you’ll agree, some amazing projects which truly represent the best in EWI across the diverse range of categories. Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist – there was a very high level of entrants this year and judging was extremely difficult so it’s a real achievement. The over-all category winners will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony on Friday 26th November 2021, at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. There’s still time to reserve your tickets but they’re selling fast – please email info@inca-ltd.org.uk to book your place.

Architectural Design: New Build Or Refurb  

Project:  Bicester Gateway Hotel, Bicester

Nominees:  RFL Facades Ltd / Mapai & Knauf

This project presented the client with 4 challenges; 1) prominent location of the hotel requiring high quality aesthetics and robust weathering, 2) overcoming substrate irregularities, 3) detailing between board and concrete slab to meet stringent fire regulations, and 4) a technical solution to eliminate water penetration on the north elevation.   The client selected a white render finish to meet the architectural brief of smooth bright elevations complimented by gold featured metal windows pods.

Project:  Edrich and Compton Stands, Lords Cricket Ground, London

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

Ecomin 400 system to the external facades of the new Concession Pods at the ‘iconic home of cricket’ highly demonstrates the versatility of EWI. The use of fluted white ceramic tiles to the tight and sweeping curves on the new stands achieved the desired effect of a striking approach to the spectator stands alongside the practice nets and playing area. Teamwork between system designer, installer and client culminated in a solution to an original cladding proposal which simply would not have worked.

Project:  Coinpress Apartments, Birmingham

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

A new development of luxury apartments, fused with heritage and 21st century living. Located at the entrance of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and within a sensitive conservation area. The façade finish utilised clay brick slips adhesively fixed to mineral wool insulation. Main contractor administration forced the client to self-deliver the final stages. WSF Contracts maintained installation of the highest quality and indistinguishable from traditional brickwork. Smooth curves, accurate bonds and very neat pointing.

Project:  Meadway, Kent

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

Working with Architecturall Ltd on their third scheme, a practice embracing MMC (modern methods of Construction).  Porotherm block and Alsecco Ecomin 400 klinker system were selected to design and build this stunning pair of residential properties.  Both installation and attention to detail are first class. Congratulations in making the INCA awards shortlist 2021.

New Build: Insulation + Rendered Finish

Project:  Anoopam Mission – Swaminarayan Temple, Uxbridge

Nominees:  Tremco CPG UK Limited – Dryvit UK

A tranquil place within the bustling London Borough of Middlesex. An important consideration was to match the features of an Indian Temple by emulating the natural stone effect found in a traditional place of worship, whilst ensuring the selected EWI system achieved the desired U-Value of 0.24 W/m2K. Both Architect and Client specified Dryvit’s Outsulation System combined with a Lymestone texture finish, selected for its long-term durability, energy efficiency and adaptability. Dryvit and LB&F, have been able to ‘recognize the divine’ within EWI systems.

Project:  Bicester Gateway Hotel

Nominees:  RFL Facades Ltd and Mapai / Knauf

This project presented the client with 4 challenges; 1) prominent location of the hotel requiring high quality aesthetics and robust weathering, 2) overcoming substrate irregularities, 3) detailing between board and concrete slab to meet stringent fire regulations, and 4) a technical solution to eliminate water penetration on the north elevation.   The client selected a white render finish to meet the architectural brief of smooth bright elevations complimented by gold featured metal windows pods.

Project:  Cardinal Newman College, Preston

Nominees:  K Systems

A modern, fit-for-purpose new-build college, delivered by K Systems, Ellis Williams Architects, and M & M Facades is one of the first colleges in the country to offer new T-Level qualifications.  Exicco, a drained cavity wall insulation system, ensures that any interstitial moisture escapes from the building without detriment to the performance of the system. By utilising 140mm mineral wool insulation the system not only achieved the required u-value of 0.2 w(m2K) it also exceeded the building regulations for buildings of any height with steel frame structures.

Project:  The Links, Porthcawl

Nominees:  Wetherby Building Systems Ltd

Merging new with the old, this 136-year-old former rest hotel has been transformed into 71 luxury studios and apartments. The remit to ensure the design of the new phase blended in with the old. It required a system that achieved a high thermal performance, was aesthetically pleasing, and able to withstand extreme exposure due to its cliff top location. Wetherby’s ‘Rail Fix System’ was selected, finished in their robustly tested ‘Four Seasons Premium Silicone Render’. The completed building achieved a fantastic U value of 0.18 W/(m2K).

New Build: Insulation + Brick, Clay, Ceramic, Stone Finish

Project:  Howard Gardens, Cardiff

Nominees:  SPS Envirowall Ltd and Build-Therm Services Ltd

New 390-bed student accommodation in Cardiff. Close to city centre and occupying half of the square in Howard Gardens, the former bowling green and club pavilion is now home to multi storey accommodation blocks with the focal point being an eleven-storey block exhibiting an authentic brick façade suited to the local environment. SPSenvirowall were appointed to supply their ‘Wall System 1’ utilising 150mm mineral wool insulation, finished with SPSenvirowall SpeedySlip flexible bricks to a hybrid SFS expertly installed by Build-Therm Services.

Project:  Coinpress Apartments, Birmingham

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd and WSF Contracts Ltd

A new development of luxury apartments, fused with heritage and 21st century living. Located at the entrance of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and within a sensitive conservation area. The façade finish utilised clay brick slips adhesively fixed to mineral wool insulation. Main contractor administration forced the client to self-deliver the final stages. WSF Contracts maintained installation of the highest quality and indistinguishable from traditional brickwork. Smooth curves, accurate English and stacked bonds and extremely neat pointing.

Project:  Baltic Quay, Liverpool

Nominees:  Aliva UK Ltd

A new build project of 130 privately owned apartments; part of a wider re-generation of the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. Thermok8 Minerale EWI system utilising 100mm Mineral Wool finished with a lightweight red multi brick slip and white textured silicone render, was specified by Brock Carmichael Architects. The brick choice was heavily influenced by the visual appearance of the Baltic Quarter’s 18th and early 19th century buildings. This is the first brick slip system to be approved for use in the area by Liverpool City Council in recent years.

Project:  Pocket Living development, Barking

Nominees:  Sto Ltd

Effective thermal performance and attractive appearance this residential development in Barking features an integrated package of Sto insulation and façade products. Built using off-site prefabrication methods – “When it came to thermal performance, we wanted an insulation solution that would be non-combustible and compatible with the off-site approach,” – Matt Watts of Reed Watts Architects. “Quality was also critical as the building had to meet a wide range of performance criteria which StoTherm Mineral external wall insulation system was able to satisfy”.

Project:  Edrich and Compton Stands, Lords Cricket Ground, London

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

Ecomin 400 system to the external facades of the new Concession Pods at the ‘iconic home of cricket’ highly demonstrates the versatility of EWI. The use of fluted white ceramic tiles to the tight and sweeping curves on the new stands achieved the desired effect of a striking approach to the spectator stands alongside the practice nets and playing area. Teamwork between system designer, installer and client culminated in a solution to an original cladding proposal which simply would not have worked. Congratulations in making the INCA awards shortlist 2021.

Refurb: Insulation + Rendered Finish

Project:  Blackstound Oval, Paisley

Nominees:  Structherm Ltd and Procast Group

The refurbishment of solid walled properties stained from decades of pollution and algae, damp, cracks to existing render, and poor thermal efficiency. Renfrewshire Council required the project to be designed to new PAS2035 ‘Whole House Approach’ standards. Enabled and installed by Procast to satisfy PAS2030:2019 involved roof extensions, insulation below dpc and modifications to surface mounted services in order to maximise thermal efficiency. This project not only realised the clients vision it demonstrated exemplary work towards a greener future.

Project:  Fitzwarren Court, Salford

Nominees:  K Systems and Hamilton Building Contractors Ltd

A major refurbishment scheme to one of the highest residential buildings in Salford. Delivering modernised aesthetics and improved thermal performance. A mainstay of the Salford skyline since the 1970s, this 23-storey tower was scheduled for demolition before Salix Homes committed funding for its refurbishment and challenged K Systems to inject a new lease of life into the property. Through expert vision and innovative products, K Systems delivered an outstanding refurbishment to help in the regeneration of this area of Salford.

Project:  Hamilton and Woodall, Walsall Housing Group

Nominees:  Soltherm and SERS

These 8 storey blocks, part of Walsall’s community regeneration programme, came with the objective of contributing towards WHG’s “Readiness 2023” vision; a strategy to meet statutory SAP efficiency requirements early and ahead of legislation. Post completion the properties achieved a C rating exceeding the 2024 standard 4 years early, contributing to WHG’s challenge of tackling fuel poverty. It was estimated that 60% of the occupancy were classified fuel poor – the installation of Soltherm Ultimate HD helped reduce this to below 10%.

Project:  Littlemoor House and Montgomery House, Oldham

Nominees:  Wetherby Building Systems Ltd & Hamilton Ltd

‘Transformation of Major ‘Gateway to Oldham Town Centre.’ owned by First Choice Homes Housing Association. Committed to keeping tenants and homeowners safe, Newham Council commissioned the refurbishment of both high rise tower blocks using the new Wetherby, fully tested external wall insulation system, suitable for buildings of this nature, bringing them in line with current building regulations  While the previous façade system was not an aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding ‘type’ system it was still essential that it was replaced.

Project:  Northway and Hodder Fleetwood

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

These properties, part of Regenda’s housing stock in Fleetwood, are a combination of Victorian brick solid wall, or cavity wall construction where the cavity insulation has been removed and the voids remedied prior to the installation of the Ecomin 300 system. Alsecco’s lightweight Meldorfer brick slips complement the crisp render finishes and the finished facades match the local vernacular of render and brick evident throughout the region. A successful project delivering regeneration whilst offering significant bill savings and comfort to the residents.

Project:   Polden House, Bristol

Nominees:  SPS Envirowall Ltd and SERS Ltd

This 1965 high-rise tower block in Bristol has undergone a multi-million-pound facelift with SERS providing vital recladding and fire protection works to make homes safe for its residents. The renovation greatly improved the aesthetics of the external façade offering a much-needed face-lift to the local community. The re-cladding work has not only transformed the look of the tower block but provided its residents with the knowledge that their homes are safe and thermally efficient, contributing to a more comfortable and affordable home.

Refurb: Insulation + Brick, Clay, Ceramic, Stone Finish

Project:  Crosby Gardens, Crosby

Nominees:  Aliva UK Ltd and Hamilton Building Contractors Ltd

Termok8 Minerale System utilising 100mm MW insulation was selected to provide a cost-effective solution to visually and thermally improve the façade of an existing 1960’s concrete framed office block in Crosby. To comply with planning conditions the finish had to replicate brick; exception being top level penthouse which was finished with an Aliva Textured finish in white. The lightweight slips consisted of a red multi slip with a pressed aluminium feature band at each slab level. Completion saw the u-value improved from 1.3 to an impressive 0.18W/m2k.

Project:  Palmyra House, Warrington

Nominees:  Aliva UK Ltd and Hamilton Building Contractors Ltd

90mm MW insulation and Termok8 Minerale System was utilised to transform an existing 1960’s concrete framed office block in Warrington. To comply with planning conditions the finish had to replicate brick whilst feature heads, cills and reveals needed to replicate stonework. On completion the u-value had increased from 1.2 to 0.28W/m2k, red multi and buff-coloured slips satisfied the brick aesthetic and projecting feature bands using thicker sections of insulation, a textured finish and taped joints effectively replicated the stonework.

Project:  Saxonbury, Brighton

Nominees:  Alsecco UK Ltd

Residential block owned by Brighton & Hove Council, the first of seven refurbishments in Albion Hill, Brighton. Existing blocks are brick construction; uninsulated with failing mortar joints. Client’s objective was to improve energy efficiency, make good structural failings and rejuvenate the appearance matching surrounding buildings. New 0.26 W/m2k u-value ensures that residents are more comfortable, have lower heating bills and peace of mind knowing the A2-s1, d0 fire classification has reduced fire risk.

Render Only – Insulation Placed Elsewhere

Project:  Brackley Care Home, Northamptonshire

Nominees:  WSF Contracts Ltd and Sto Ltd

WSF Contracts were contracted to undertake façade works including secret fix rainscreen cladding, Siberian Larch, and Pearl White Sto render onto masonry walls. Completion was extended due to challenges with the masonry install and inclement weather. The building exhibits a sharp finish which blends with the various Architectural features and differing façade materials. Congratulations in making the INCA awards shortlist 2021.

Project:  Castle Approach Tregenna Estate, Cornwall

Nominees:  Saint Gobain Weber

This new Tregenna Estate development offers stunning views over St Ives Bay. Each lodge is built in timber frame insulated with 140mm PIR board, clad with render carrier board, and finished with weberend MT to provide the flexibility essential for timber frame structures. Finished with webersil TF, a silicone-based topcoat, offering long term durability. “It was important that we used render that would withstand the elements over time” said Mike Bradbury, Architect. “Located on the coast and surrounded by trees, we wanted to prevent algae growth and discolouration.”

Project:  Grangewood Estate, Chesterfield

Nominees:  Wetherby Building Systems Ltd and Westville Group

The Grangewood Estate, located in Chesterfield, was initially built to meet the demand for housing after World War II. Whilst the site had previously benefitted from an EWI system 10 years previously, Chesterfield BC felt the aesthetics were no longer in line with the bold and modern feel they wanted to achieve. It was agreed to remove the existing façade finish but preserve the insulation and apply a new Wetherby Thin Coat Render System. Karle Rhodes, at Westville Group, said: “We are tremendously proud of this project which has made significant improvements to the area.”

Project:  Slouchlaw Bay, Stranraer

Nominees:  PPG Architectural Coatings UK Ltd

Striking new-build family home situated within the unspoilt landscape of Corsewall in Scotland. A high-performance render system was essential to withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions it would endure for years to come. It also needed to complement the beautiful ocean backdrop, with magnificent views looking out to sea.  The exterior of the unique rotunda property was finished with Johnstone’s Stormshield Silicone Render 1.5mm; a modern high-performance system with enhanced durability, giving the clients peace of mind their new property will stand the test of time.

EWI Systems With Traditional Finishes 

Project:  Dumphries & Galloway Housing – Render & Roofing

Nominees:  SERS Ltd and SERS Energy Solutions (Scotland) Ltd

Render & Roofing Programme in Dumfries & Galloway to 672 houses and flats. DGHP own approximately 10,000 properties and identifying the least energy efficient addresses is a dilemma faced by many RSL’s with restricted budgets. SERS carried out full surveys on 697 houses and 60 flats, to establish amongst other things the status of the insulation. This process led to a confirmed address list and work scope per property which was then programmed by geographic area for concurrent delivery.

Project:  Livingston Estate, West Lothian

Nominees:  Soltherm UK Ltd

Outwardly the finished Soltherm system appears to be a regular dash finish with an EPS core. Whilst future-proofing the fire standards, Ultimate Fire Safe Composite Dash System was recognised as the most cost-effective method of achieving improved fire safety. The system has been applauded by OFGEM and awarded the ECO innovation score uplift (+30% carbon credit) giving West Lothian budgetary scope to improve 20% more properties. Ultimate FSCs’ unique technologies and dual fixing system, prohibits spread of flame, reduces combustibility, and most importantly protects the occupants.

Modern Methods Of Construction / Offsite   

Project:  Rockfield Mews, Anfield

Nominees:  Wetherby Building Systems Ltd

‘Your Housing Group’ set out to meet a growing need for quality, affordable homes.  With modular construction continuing to drive innovation due to superior energy efficiency, it was deemed the perfect choice for this new development, local to Liverpool Football ground, and a first for this client.  7 new homes were constructed inside Ilke Homes’ factory and craned into position. Wetherby’s innovative Modular Façade System, offering the option of assembly in a factory-controlled environment was selected. 

Project:  Waterside Gardens, Wigan Pier

Nominees:  Wetherby Building Systems Ltd

Iconic Wigan Pier now has the addition of exciting contemporary canal side living for its new residents as part of wider regeneration project, built using modern methods of construction. Step Places loved the idea of utilising latest technology to help customers live more sustainable lives so opted for Wetherby’s Modular Façade System finished with brick slips. By moving the build process into a factory, every component is built to a precise standard and rigidly monitored. MMC mean less wastage, and less vehicles visiting site reducing emissions, noise, and environmental disturbance.

Innovation   

Innovation:  Swifix Universal Fixings

Nominees:  Swifix Ltd

SWIFIX have designed and developed a range of fixings specifically for refitting and installing lightweight and heavy items through EWI systems. The fixings can be used during or after system installation, providing a cost effective and maintenance-free solution, ensuring the integrity   and protection of the EWI system. Fully tested the fixings are manufactured from high quality recycled plastic and provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance to enhance newly installed EWI facades. Designed to replace timber pattresses which can create cold spots and disturb the benefit of continuous insulation.

Innovation:  Cross Knot Fixing

Nominees:  Soltherm UK Ltd

Due to the nature of mineral wool insulation, self-delamination and fixing pull through failure are significant risks in high wind load scenarios. The European Technically Approved (ETA), BBA, and NHBC have all accepted Soltherm Cross-knot fixing.  It’s unique patented design, increases the systems resistance to high winds, i.e., building perimeters, parapets, and easier to install than other mineral wool fixing solutions on the market. The safety designed fixings also improve the installation of mineral wool systems on high rise buildings and provide significant wind load resistance.

Environmental Award  

Project:  Blackstoun Oval

Nominee:  Structherm Ltd and Procast Group

Renfrewshire Council’s vision of an exceptionally deep retrofit on these 1930’s houses turning them into houses for the future. Installed by Procast to meet PAS2030:2019, involved roof extensions, insulation below dpc, and modifications to surface mounted services to maximise thermal efficiency. This project not only realised the clients vision it demonstrated exemplary work towards a greener future where energy efficiency measures can be installed using the PAS2035 ‘whole house approach’.  It was good to shortlist a project where EWI formed an integral part of a wider overall energy solution.

Training Award  

Project:  A C Whyte & Co Ltd Skills Academy

Nominee:  A C Whyte & Co Ltd

Scotland have committed to the toughest statutory obligations of any nation in the world; to reduce fuel and child poverty by 10% by 2030. The goal: a ‘Just Transition’. Scotland have therefore identified the need to train a ‘carbon army’ creating up to 22,000 jobs by 2028. Understanding how important training is for future industry success ,AC Whyte launched their first Energy Efficiency Skills Academies with West College Scotland in 2017 and the second in 2021 with South Lanarkshire College. AC Whytes set up and investment in training is both commendable and inspiring.

INCA Awards 2021 – Other Awards To Be Announced On THe Night

Other awards to be announced on the night include:

Component Supplier of the Year

Installation Company of the Year

Outstanding Achievement Award

Thanks for all the many entries which were received, many congratulations to all those companies shortlisted and good luck on the night!