The Armstrong Apartments, the old Dunston Quays, Dunston, Gateshead.

  • Client: Taylor Wimpey Ltd
  • Main Contractor: Taylor Wimpey Ltd
  • Construction: Lightweight steel frame
  • EWI System: Wetherby Building Systems Ltd
  • Awards: INCA Award Finalist 2013

Situated on the banks of the River Tyne on the site which was formerly the old Dunston Quays and on part of the site which was home of the Gateshead Garden festival in 1990, Taylor Wimpey have just completed the award winning Armstrong Apartments a 7 storey luxury housing project.

The project was started in 2006 with the erection of the insitu concrete frame. In 2012 the project fit out commenced.

Taylor Wimpey set out on a positive, this project was going to be an award winning site and in 2012 they were awarded the prestigious NHBC award – Pride In The Job in the regional residential multi storey category.

As part of this positive process Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd were asked to put forward a system where the existing design required a render finish incorporating external wall insulation. After much evaluation and assessment of the design Sykes put forward the Wetherby Epsitec system.

The system chosen achieved and satisfied the following design criteria for the project;

  • U Value through the wall of 0.27w/m2k
  • NHBC requirement drained cavity
  • Design flexibility in colour choice ability to mix and match colours on a grid system.
  • System designer must be able to offer range of systems, monolithic and suspended incorporating phenolic and mineral wool,pus render only systems.
  • System must be able to deal with line and level adjustment.

On site Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd liaised closely with the Taylor Wimpey site team and Wetherby Building Systems ltd thus ensuring the system was installed correctly and all detailing to abutments such as windows etc had neat crisp lines.

Where the design required a monolithic system string lines were dropped down the vertical line of the building ensuring the system installed was true to line and level.

Where the Epsitech system was incorporated in the design to the areas of CP boarding, the Epsitech rails were installed on a grid line again ensuring the system was installed true to line and level.

This attention to detail from the start ensured the project was completed to the highest standard throughout the process of installation.

The project is now complete and the original in situ concrete frame is now a luxury apartment block nestled on the banks of the River Tyne.

Sykes played a key role in this development ensuring Taylor Wimpey achieved its targets and goals in delivering a successful award winning project.

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