80 Charlotte Street is the transformation of 1960s single-use blocks into a fully integrated development in Fitzrovia, London.
80 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia – image courtesy of Make Architects
The redevelopment will include an upgrade to interiors, adding new upper-floor extensions and three new atria above roof level. The finished scheme will be a mix office, residential, retail and public space and aims to achieve an environmental rating of ‘Level 4’ under the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Farrat assisted Arup in developing a structural thermal break suitable for use between the primary floor beam and column connections.
Understanding the structural requirement of thermal insulation on this project was crucial, and Farrat were able to engage with the designers in the early stages of the project. Farrat manufactured precision-cut Structural Thermal Breaks from our highest-strength material in accordance with the bespoke requirements of the customer, the BBA Quality Plan, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
The Structural Thermal Breaks were supplied with a Certificate of Conformity in accordance with our British Board of Agrément (BBA) Certification. The BBA standard is a mark of quality and ensures that designers and clients have confidence in a product which is used in structural connections.
Courtesy of AHMM Architects
The Post Building is a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, located in London’s vibrant Knowledge Quarter.
A combination of carefully curated office, retail and food & beverage amenities, the redevelopment was designed by AHMM Architects and is currently being delivered by Laing O’Rourke. The lower half of the existing frame is retained and a new core and series of intermediate mezzanine levels will be inserted into the centre of its plan. Key structural features include floor to ceiling heights of up to six metres, natural light from all sides and private roof terraces to every floor.
The project targets sustainability ratings of BREEAM Excellent, LEED® Gold and EPC B by incorporating specialist materials and technologies into the design that promote the health and comfort of building occupants and improve building performance.
Farrat were approached early in the construction by the steelwork fabricator to supply structural thermal breaks for use between several connections within the structural frame.
Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks are incorporated into connections to reduce energy loss and the risk of condensation. They are frequently used as thermal insulators within many building applications to improve the energy performance of buildings.
We recommended our high-strength TBK Structural Thermal Break material, as this offers the lowest thermal conductivity and is certificated by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Farrat is also a member of BRE’s Certified Thermal Product Scheme. Plates of various sizes were precision cut at our UK manufacturing facility and dispatched to site.
The Post Building is due for completion in 2018.
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