Peak performance at Crown Heights
The M.R. Swistherm external wall insulation system from Alumasc has played an important role in the creation of a landmark development in the centre of Basingstoke.
Developed by Barratt Southern Counties, the project represents a major change in direction away from the distinctive land-use zoning that typified the original ‘new town’ expansion.
Designed to meet the needs of modern city living, Crown Heights benefits from a mix of new apartments, leisure and retail space encircling a new urban plaza, all within minutes from Basingstoke station.Situated on the site of a former 13 storey Government office block, the development comprises two crescent buildings, split around the plaza area. Striking blue and yellow four storey blocks are situated in the southern sector, rising to 14 storeys in the northern area.
Designed by B3 Burgess and built by Ardmore Construction, Crown Heights is fitted with M.R. Swistherm incorporating 80mm EPS insulation to meet current building regulation u value requirements. To formulate the Ashlar groove design feature, channels were cut into the insulation and then pre-moulded glass-fibre scrim was applied. 1.5mm Silkolitt through-coloured silicone render achieved the distinctive, contemporary finish the architects required.
Due to the extremely tight build programme required for Crown Heights and limited available site storage, the M.R. Swistherm system was the perfect choice due to Alumasc’s UK manufacturing and distribution base. Developed primarily for new build projects, Swistherm’s speed and ease of installation makes it perfect for such fast-track schemes. The insulation – which can be either EPS or mineral wool – is fixed directly onto the substrate with mechanical fixings and adhesives. M.R. Swistherm also offers building owners and users significant long-term benefits. It provides a completely watertight exterior which is weather resistant and requires minimal maintenance. Further advantages include high levels of thermal performance and enhanced acoustic properties.
Swistherm comes with an extensive choice of silicone and lightweight mineral finishes suiting all architectural styles. With over 400 colours to choose from which are UV stable and offer excellent water shedding and self cleansing properties, Silkolitt is a render system, adaptable to the needs of the design brief.
The Swistherm system was installed by Alumasc A-TEAM registered contractor, SERS (London) Ltd.