For Milton Keynes’ biggest office development in 25 years - The Pinnacle – architects PHP required an impressive façade to ensure the building creates a lasting impression. To help achieve this, they specified a mix of exterior cladding materials to create an interesting façade. To support this mix of façade materials, Eurofox Engineering supplied a number of its innovative rainscreen cladding support systems.

A landmark development by Hampton Brook Developments, The Pinnacle comprises a 9 storey office building and adjacent 4 storey office building offering 206,000 square feet of modern office space. With a concept design by Quartet Architects and detailed design by PHP Architects, the £36 million scheme was built over a 103 week period by Marriot Construction and Kier Build.

To create a façade worthy of the building’s stature, PHP Architects specified a variety of cladding materials including a Terracotta tile system, Aluminium composite Alucobond panels, Western Red Cedar cladding and powder coated aluminium column casings. To ensure a reliable and consistent fixing for all of these different materials, specialist contractor ECL Contracts turned to Eurofox Engineering.

The company provides a range of versatile and innovative systems for use with most types of cladding products. With a proven track record, the systems offer an easy and reliable way to install rainscreen cladding.

For the approximately 2,000 m² of Terracotta tile system, ECL Contracts used Eurofox Engineering’s tried and tested aluminium MacFox vertical cladding bracket and rail system. A versatile, robust, yet simple to install system, it uses a series of MacFox Helping Hand brackets allowing for the lining and leveling and final adjustment prior to installation of the cladding elements.

For the Western Red Cedar, the Eurofox MUH system was adopted. The MUH system is a combination of a MacFox bracket and Uni carrier enabling the easy application of timber battens on to which the Western Red Cedar cladding could be fixed.

In both instances the MacFox rails were quickly and securely fitted to the building substrate. The Terracotta tiles and the timber battens for the Western Red Cedar cladding were then simply fitted to the brackets, providing a simply yet highly effective method of creating the facade. The company’s innovative thermal isolators helping to minimise thermal bridging complemented this.

For the 1,000 m² of Alucobond ACM paneling that was used for the fascias and soffits, ECL Contracts used Eurofox Engineering’s MTK(Structural Adhesive) rainscreen cladding support system. The MTK system allowed the fascias to be secret fixed to the building using an advanced structural adhesive, SikaTack, from global building product manufacturer Sika. The soffits were fixed using MacFox Helping Hand brackets. The MacFox system was also used to fit half circle powder coated aluminum around a number of columns.

ECL Contracts Manager, Guy Silverton, commented: “Eurofox Engineering provided us with an excellent service. We had a number of different cladding products to install and the Eurofox Engineering system provided the ideal solution for each one.”

For the Pinnacle, using such a variety of cladding materials, the Eurofox Engineering system has really demonstrated its versatility, helping to provide ECL Contracts with a simple yet efficient method of creating the striking façade.

Like all of Eurofox Engineering’s systems, the system has been designed to offer contractors an installer friendly ease of application and specifiers confidence and peace of mind. With both the MacFox system and the SikaTack Panel Adhesive being BBA (British Board of Agrément) approved, it enables specifiers to select a cladding package that has accreditation throughout.

The MacFox system, comprising a series of standard ‘off the shelf’ components, offers an easy method of installation and also ensures immediate availability of products. Once on site, the components are easy to install as each bracket is punched to enable fixing to the relevant building substrate. They are also holed and slotted to allow for dead load and dynamic wind load and the brackets have been ingeniously designed to allow for complete alignment and leveling adjustment.

The Pinnacle building is the first office building in Milton Keynes to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, scoring high in many areas including supporting Milton Keynes’ sustainability policy. The design allows The Pinnacle to be served by the Milton Keynes Combined Heat and Power Network where surplus heat is used to supply hot water, heating and cooling to the building.

The carbon footprint of the building has been minimised by taking into consideration thermally efficient glazing, energy efficient lighting and air conditioning.

Eurofox Engineering cladding support system has also played its part in helping the project achieve its environmental goal as the system is produced from aluminium which is easy to recycle when the building comes to the end of its life and, being aluminum, needs only 5% of the energy required for primary production.

The Pinnacle is designed as two buildings joined together by two central cores. They resemble a single building constructed around a central open courtyard with an underground car park and 24 hour access and security. The underground car park provides in excess of 200 car parking spaces and 60 cycle bays and is only 400m away from the railway station so is accessible for all.

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