Latest Release of Photography from 50 Eastbourne Terrace

Progress shots of 50 Eastbourne Terrace as the façade works near completion. With the majority of the works complete with the exception of the ground floor and entrance treatments, the detailing of these façade works can now really be appreciated. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished article! YardNine, Avison Young, Sheppard Robson, Gardiner & Theobald LLP & McLaren Construction […]

Setting a new Foundry in the Heart of Hammersmith

A look back at the architectural excellence we helped achieve at The Assembly Building (The Foundry) in the Hammersmith.  You would have to know where and what you are looking for to find it though.  Hidden behind a retained facade in which British artist Alex Chinneck collaborated with steelworkers, engineers and brickmakers to create “Six Pins […]

Progress onsite on the South of the River

Post shared from Structuretone Fantastic progress at our Southwark Bridge Development Project with the facade making good headway. Last week, the Tower Crane that occupied the existing central lift core since August 2019, was removed. The crane was critical for bringing heavy mechanical plant to the roof, constructing the roof, rear and front extensions, as […]

Progress Photography from Site at 50 Eastbourne Terrace

With the Spring sunshine beaming and the warmer weather on it’s way, it is great to see the unitised glazing at 50 Eastbourne Terrace progressing well! YardNine, Avison Young, Sheppard Robson, Gardiner & Theobald LLP & McLaren Construction Group.

Supporting the UK’s Education Sector through the years

As we celebrate a full return to education for the youth of the country, we take a look back at some of our favourite education schemes! Royal Holloway University University of Winchester Christchurch University, St Augustine House South Hampstead High School London School of Economics All play a part in making the UK what it […]

100 Liverpool Street Achieves Net Zero Carbon

100 Liverpool Street achieves Net Zero. Great to have been part of a team with sustainability at the forefront of project decision making! Nigel Webb, Head of Developments at British Land, said: “We are thrilled with what we’ve achieved at 100 Liverpool Street which serves as a blueprint for future sustainable development at British Land. […]

Housing one of the world’s largest hedge-fund managers

Colorminium successfully delivered the complete facade on 127-135 Sloane Street for Cadogan Estates.  Now home to one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers – Marshall Wace. Consisting of a masonry facade with glazing set-back in the reveals – Colorminium were responsible for the complete envelope design and delivery. Working closely with architects Lifschutz Davidson […]

Recent photo updates from our Minories site

The ground floor and canopy are the jewel in the crown as our Minories Hotel project nears completion. Stay tuned for further images on completion. 4C Hotel Group, ACME London, Future54, alinea consulting LLP and X Construct #engineeringtheexcepetional #stunningdesigns

Site footage from 127 Kensington High Street

Great to see site progress on the 127 Kensington High Street project – project imagery courtesy of ISG. Colorminium are working with ISG on this landmark development alongside Janson Urban, AshbyCapital, Pilbrow & Partners and Core Five LLP.  

New Project Secured: One Berkeley Square Facade

We are pleased to announce another secured project for the façade scheme at One Berkeley Street. Appointed by CROSSTREE REAL ESTATE PARTNERS LLP under a PCSA, we’re working alongside Core Five LLP, CPC Project Services LLP and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to bring this fantastic scheme to market. #engineeringtheexceptional #simplifythecomplex #beautifuldesign

Supporting Europe’s flagship laboratory for life sciences

Colorminium delivered a state of the art Hub for the European Bioinformatics Institute at their impressive campus at Hinxton Cambridge.  Hosting over 200 researchers and providing a Hub for their European research infrastructure for life science data. An outstanding but geometrically challenging and complex facade design – fully designed and delivered in-house by the team at […]

Dynamic Facade Testing: When and Why should you do it?

It’s a tough question really because a façade is rarely a single entity with no variations. Usually there are edges and interfaces with other materials or construction types. A glazed assembly – unitised or stick system runs into a sheer wall with rainscreen cladding, or precast concrete for example. Maybe the curtain wall has some opening vents with specific performance criterion or is penetrated by support members for a canopy or other external features on the building. Are you then testing the façade system? The window? The penetration detail and the sealing – often this will come down to workmanship on site and the correct application of perimeter membranes and their fixation to the structure. Or are we testing the façade as a collection of systems and details behaving in a unique way because of their positioning within the specific collection of neighbouring components?

Progress Photos from 127 Kensington High Street

127 Kensington High Street is progressing well with a number of areas already clad with stick curtain wall. Great to see the first class design engineering coming to life – #rightfirsttime #engineeringtheexceptional Despite significant logistical challenges on a tight site, the team are working tirelessly to overcome these, enabling progress towards a watertight envelope. Credit to all […]

Barts Square III makes the headlines

Great article written by Thomas Lane regarding the Barts Square project. Excellent to have taken part in delivering this masterplan, using modern methods of construction on Phase 3 with Helical plc, Sheppard Robson, Avison Young, Arcadis UK & Ireland and McLaren Construction Group. https://www.building.co.uk/focus/barts-square-a-bold-piece-of-history-in-the-making/5109980.article  

Colorminium kicks off 2021 (virtually) to a great start

Great kickstart to 2021, with an energetic and motivating strategy event clearly setting out the plan for the year. With an interesting 2020 behind us, in which the team rose to the challenge and produced some excellent results, we are approaching 2021 with positivity and energy in view of achieving the plan set out. Here’s […]

Movement and Tolerance?

Tolerances are everywhere in manufacturing and construction and rightly so. Without them it simply wouldn’t be possible to mass produce the things we take for granted on anything like the scale we do or at the price we expect to pay.

The Introduction to CWCT Technical Note 21 states:

Lack of understanding of building tolerances is a major source of conflict on site. It increases construction costs and can lead to poor quality buildings or even failures if corrective measures are ill-conceived.

50 Eastbourne Terrace – Project Update

Excellent to see the first panels being installed onsite at 50 Eastbourne Terrace.

With the unitised panel assembly almost complete, the team have also been assembling stickwork spandrels offsite for a programme betterment.

Principles of Acoustics

The subject of acoustics, often perceived as somewhat of a dark art, is something that needs to be considered on almost every project in the façade industry. Whilst this is an extensive and detailed topic we have set out below a few basic principles.

Sound is measured in decibels (dB) on a logarithmic scale, which means that a sound of 50 dB is 100 times louder than a sound of 40 dB. The Human ear has a large audible range and at the threshold of pain, the dB is roughly 1 million times greater than at the threshold of hearing.

The main consideration when reading specifications and test results is that a sound difference of 3 dB or less is barely audible to the human ear, whereas a sound difference of 5 dB is clearly audible. It is easy to look at minor differences between specification and test results and whilst numerically they may not be aligned, in practice the difference is so small that it will not materially affect the end installation. This is where a pragmatic interpretation of test results is required rather than a theoretical or literal comparison. Due to this, if you are doing acoustic testing, it is worth considering taking the average result over a range of tests if you get a minor failure as subsequent tests with all the same inputs and the same test rig, can give different results.

50 Eastbourne Terrace – Project Update

Fantastic news!

Yesterday marked a significant milestone where the 50 Eastbourne Terrace project team successfully passed the Performance Test the first attempt. The Unitised System underwent the full CWCT Sequence B test.

Kensington High Street – Project Update

Great to start onsite on our Kensington High Street project for ISG.

With the design of the façade now complete, and procurement almost complete, it is excellent to see the building start to come to life with the frame progressing, which will be closely followed by the façade.

Berners Street Mock-up

Excellent to have been working alongside the consultant team to produce a mock-up giving them a real-life picture of the intricate facade.

Caritas Anchor House – CRASH

It has been a privilege to help out the wider community during these difficult times, especially those in severe need.

In working with main contractor Volker Fitzpatrick, we have helped improve a local facility in Canning Town, Caritas Anchor House for CRASH by replacing some of their windows as a charitable donation.

Practical completion at 100 Liverpool Street achieved

Great milestone achieved as British Land awarded Sir Robert McAlpine Practical Completion of section 4 of 100 Liverpool Street which includes main office receptions, cores, and everything from level 3 and above.

Great to have contributed and testament to a lot of hard work and effort on behalf of all involved – British Land, Sir Robert McAlpine, Hopkins Architects & M3 Consulting.