EUROFOX PROVIDES HEALTHY LIFT IN OLDHAM

Leader in cladding support systems, Eurofox Engineering, has helped to provide a striking façade to the £20 million flagship integrated care centre (ICC) in Oldham by providing its versatile and robust Macfox vertical cladding support system.

Designed by Dane Ashworth Cottam Architects, the building is being delivered for Oldham PCT (Primary Care Trust) under the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement and Finance Trust) initiative. Established by the Department of Health in 2001, NHS LIFT is designed to stimulate investment in modern integrated primary and other community based services.

The building has been built by main contractor Carillion, experts in healthcare, as one of the largest delivery partners for the NHS LIFT initiative. At 115 feet tall and 10 storeys, the building is set to become a focal point on the Oldham skyline. In keeping with this, it features a combination of cladding finishes to create a building with civic stature.

The cladding includes James and Taylor Terracotta and Carea Tile systems. To provide an easy and proven method of fixing the cladding to the building, specialist contractor Red Architectural specified Eurofox Engineering’s Macfox vertical cladding or ‘back frame’ support system.

Meeting the demands for economical and flexible cladding support solutions, the Macfox system is designed to provide efficient support for a wide variety of cladding types. Now BBA (British Board of Agrément) certified, the system is manufactured from BS EN 755 – the European Standard for aluminium and aluminium-alloys – compliant aluminium, guaranteeing its quality and offering long term performance.

The Eurofox Engineering also treats every project individually by making sure the structural calculations are ‘project specific’ and reflect the engineering necessities of the project.

Now complete, the centre provides a wide range of services including five GP practices, outpatient services, minor surgery, orthoptics, therapy facilities and children’s services. The first of four centres to be built, it has achieved its goal of creating civic presence whilst offering essential services to the community. And with its cladding held firmly in place, its position on the skyline of Oldham will be ensured for years to come.

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