The Forge

London SE1
Bryden Wood
Mace & Sir Robert McAlpine JV
Quantity Surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Corporate and Commercial

Project Scope

  • Curtain Walling
  • Shopfronts
  • GRC Cladding
  • Louvres
  • Architectural Metalwork

Located on Southwark Bridge Road, the new Landsec development is revolutionary as one of the first ‘real world’ applications of DfMA in the private sector.


Key Challenges

  • Curtain wall façade with incorporated GRC.
  • Large span glazing.
  • Logistically tight site with party wall constraints.

The Brief

The new development will be the world’s first ‘kit of parts’ solution built on a P-DfMA structural frame.  Colorminium are employed by Landsec under a Construction Management form of contract to progress the design, manufacture and installation of the street scene glazing and cladding package.

Our Approach

Working closely with the JV delivery partners, the design is focused on a slab infill glazing system formed from a traditional stick curtain walling system with high performance glazing.  In solid zones, SFS is used to create the solid wall build up with composite cladding and GRC as a finishing material.

The main office reception area incorporates revolving doors and architectural glazing giving a fitting entrance to the scheme.

A louvre package at roof level to mask the plant areas with associated architectural metalwork and balustrading is a fitting component to the package and will be managed by the same team.

The Result

The drive by Landsec to maximise efficiencies in materials, programme and construction has been approached by using a repeatable, manufactured kit of parts from analysis of a number of office schemes.  The façade is a major component in this exercise and the completed building will be testament to a new way of working.