Unite the Union Stoke
The rapidly expanding Unite the Union had outgrown its Stoke city centre premises and made the decision to replace it with a state-of-the-art, four storey facility with TECU Zinn copper roofing and cladding.
Copper Roofing and Cladding
Flanagan Group were selected as the main contractor to build the new offices, and through a tendering process, Longworth was successful in securing the cladding package which included Tecu Zinn shingle format copper roofing and cladding and all the support structure fixed back to steelwork.
We were faced with the task of creating a curved façade having been given a facetted steel structure to work to. As well as this, there were a number of windows within the area of cladding which would make the installation of the shingles labour intensive due to the small number of standard shingles.
The curved appearance was created using the Nvelope aluminium bracket and rail system. The rails were run vertically at 600mm centres to carry the plywood support for the Tecu Zinn and were adjusted using the available tolerances in the Nvelope brackets to create the curve.
Smart Copper Roofing and Cladding
The decision was taken to manufacture the shingles on site, due to the amount of cuts that were required around the windows. This massively reduced the estimated wastage.
To assist the main contractor, Longworth advised that the scaffolding could be removed and the cladding installed from MEWPs. This reduced the main contractor’s hire period for the scaffolding, and also enabled them to progress other works which were being deayed by the scaffolding.
The skill and craftsmanship required to install the copper roofing and cladding could only be carried out by a small number of companies across the UK that have that level of proficiency and prowess at their disposal and at Longworth Building Services we have the very best in our team.
Overall we were very happy to be involved with such an aesthetically pleasing project and were delighted with our operatives’ workmanship on such a challenging project.
- TECU Zinn Copper shingles
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