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INCA EWI Case Study: Burlington Square, Manchester


Burlington Square, Manchester

External Wall Insulation Case Study

Project Type: New Build

Building Type: Residential

Architect: IDP Manchester

System Designer: Dryvit UK Ltd

Installer: Complete Wall Solutions LTD

System & Finish: Dryvit ACR 200 System

U-value Achieved: 0.13 W/m2k/

Located in the heart of ‘Corridor Manchester’ (an innovation district south of Manchester City Centre) the UK’s most dynamic city. Burlington Square is a new, high quality residential development delivered by the successful joint venture partnership between Salboy and Factory Estates, one of Manchester’s most active developers.

The development comprises of 273 apartments over 9 storeys with ground floor communal facilities, commercial units and rooftop communal areas and was successfully delivered by main contractor Domis Construction. The original brief simply from the project team was to identify a cost-effective alternative to the specified heavy and energy intensive reconstituted stone string courses.

Dryvit and Specialist Installer Complete Wall Solutions Ltd worked closely with the Architect IDP Manchester, Structural Engineer Renaissance and the design team at Domis to choose the most suitable external wall insulation system specification to meet the requirements set out by both Building Control, the Insurer and the Client. Building Control and the Insurer stipulated that as this is a building was over 18m in height the chosen cladding system had to satisfy their stringent requirements for fire performance.

Dryvit’s ACR 200 Render System with Stone Mist Speciality Finish was the chosen system solution, when tested to EN 13501-1 this system achieves A2 s1 d0 when installed over blockwork and A2 render carrier board and satisfies the criteria for buildings over 18m in height.

Dryvit Stone Mist finish was approved by the planner as an alternative to reconstituted stone. The original design of the project was to use reconstituted stone; however, this is heavy and energy intensive to find, produce, transport and install. Stone Mist was selected to emulate the look of stone but provide a lightweight solution that provided substantial cost savings to the client and still meet the strict Manchester City Centre Planning Requirements.

Stone Mist is a new innovative Speciality finish that accents the environment in subtle tones and enhances this façade. Special aggregates pick up the natural sunlight reflecting the glitter and beauty of only the rarest of stones. Stone Mist emulates the look of reconstituted stone without the extreme cost, weight and lead times associated.

INCA installer member Complete Wall Solutions invested time in ensuring that all operatives working on the project were trained in the application of the Dryvit ACR 200 EWI System to ensure that the system was installed in accordance with our specification. Complete Wall Solution also worked closely with Dryvit and the design team to ensure that all detailing on the project was addressed. The quality of workmanship and attention to detailing delivered a successful install to this prominent focal building.

The outcome of the project is excellent, with the luminaires complimenting an urban and contemporary design aesthetic of the building by providing optimum light levels in perfect harmony the architecture of the building

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