Client: Clouston Group
Architect: Space Architects
Main contractor: Galliford Try (formerly Millers)
Teamkal Contractor: Chemplas Ltd.
Tata Steel products: 1070m2 Kalzip® perforated façade in profile 65/400 and RAL 7021 Black; 1800m2 Kalzip® FC rainscreen in RAL 7022 Umbra Grey and RAL 1035 Pearl Beige
The site is centred on the former Robert Stephenson & Co works in Newcastle from where the famous Rocket locomotive first emerged in 1829. In creating this new mixed use development, Clouston Group and its team will not only need to conserve and convert important listed buildings, but also construct sensitively designed new ones to accommodate a range of businesses. They also had to contend with an often hostile climate including high winds and heavy rain, while frequently working at height as well as in a confined urban setting.
In terms of cladding solutions for elevations at Grade A office building, The Rocket, Stephenson Quarter multi storey car park and Crowne Plaza hotel, the project team were seeking systems which could offer both a striking visual appearance and very high technical performance standards, combined with consistent economic benefits.
Specialist cladding and roofing installer, Chemplas was able to demonstrate to all parties involved that the Kalzip® products considered would meet the wide range of technical as well as aesthetic requirements for the work. Also that the various stages to the tightly programmed contract could be met in terms of the design, delivery and erection.
During the first phase of the work, Chemplas installed 1,800m2 of Kalzip’s versatile and visually striking Kalzip® FC rainscreen system on the elevation to The Rocket and also on the new Crowne Plaza Hotel. Additionally 1,070m2 of Kalzip® perforated façade was also installed on the Stephenson Quarter multi storey car park.
The fact that both Kalzip® products have been developed as fully integrated product offerings, backed by comprehensive design detailing and an integrated supply chain, helped ensure that the three phases to the work were carried out smoothly and successfully: on time and within budget.