THE BUILDING SAFETY FUND IN ACTION

Building for safety remains a top priority in the UK. So much so, hundreds of millions in funding has been allocated to the remediation of buildings across the nation, provided they can demonstrate significant levelling up of safety for building occupants.

As a result of successful applications and tenders to the Building Safety Fund, construction and retrofit works are now happening up and down the United Kingdom, creating safer places to live and work.

Our latest example comes from Gainsborough Studios where, together with Soltherm, Guildmore have not only restored an iconic British residence which is steeped in cultural history, but they have also improved fire safety in the building to unprecedented levels, with a system that is the first of its kind in this country.

WELCOME TO GAINSBOROUGH STUDIOS

Gainsborough Studios apartments is a London residence with deep roots in British film history. An active movie studio between 1919 and 1949, this is where the legendary Alfred Hitchcock got his first big break in the film industry.

Gainsborough Studios would make significant contributions to the British film and TV industry for much of the 20th century. In 2004, the site reopened as apartments. Today, it undergoes another important transformation.

Guildmore’s challenge was to preserve the iconic feel of the site, whilst bringing safety and living standards right up to modern day requirements. In particular, the aim was to remediate the cladding on the surface of all four residential blocks, increasing the fire safety rating of the property.

Gainsborough Studios earned the support of the Building Safety Fund, which was established to help building owners and leaseholders manage the cost of addressing fire safety risks, including those caused by unsafe non-ACM cladding systems.

TECH DATA
PROJECT NAME:

Gainsborough Studios

SYSTEM(S) INSTALLED:

Soltherm A1 Ultimate Steel

M2:

2500

TYPE OF BUILDING:

Apartment Complex

SUBSTRATE & U VALUE

Direct fix to Steel frame achieved a U-Value of 0.25W/mK

INSTALLER:

Guildmore Construction Limited

THE PROJECT

In order to preserve the structural integrity of the apartment complex, boost its environmental performance and address the priority of increasing its fire safety rating, the Soltherm A1 Ultimate Steel system was specified for this project

SOLTHERM SOLUTIONS
A1 ULTIMATE STEEL

First of its kind in the UK
A1 Non-combustible
Fixed directly to LGSF framing
Linear A1 through system (all components)
Suitable for all building types (high-rise / low-rise)
Available in multiple finishes

BDA Certified
The only BBA certified A1 system

A1 Fire rated (BS EN 13501 / BS 8414)

25-year appearance guarantee

THE RESULT

As per Building Safety Fund requirements, measured increases in living standards, especially fire safety, must be reported with the appropriate certifications for all materials used.

The Soltherm A1 Ultimate Steel system is certified A1 for fire safety, the highest possible rating for non-combustibility in any cladding material available. It achieves a A1-s1, d0 rating in accordance with BS EN 13501-1 requirements, meeting Building Safety Fund criteria.

“We predominantly work with Soltherm. We like their products because of their quality, but primarily we like the technical support and the backup they provide in Poland. That’s very important to us and that’s why they’re our preferred supplier.”Keith Laing, Director of Facades, Guildmore Construction Limited

WHY SOLTHERM?

Manufacturing building products for 25 years

Operations across 15 countries

Approved by NSAI, BBA, ETA, DiBT and BBA

4.5 million square metres of EWI facades installed annually

ISO14001/2014 and ISO9001/2014 accredited

Soltherm are the UK and Europe’s leading manufacturer of ETICS products for improved insulation and energy efficiency. After 15 years of research and development, they have innovated modern External Wall Insulation products that reduce fuel costs and Co2 emissions, meanwhile modernising old structures with a variety of attractive finishes.

Soltherm’s range of A1 fire rated EWI facades are totally unique and surpass the level of fire safety seen in most modern buildings today. Together with unsurpassed fire protection and an unlimited range of finishes, world leading fire safety across UK residences and commercial buildings is now a reality.

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