Taking over a contract from another contractor part-way through a project is not an easy task, but Vetter UK did just that on Embassy Court, in St John’s Wood, London.
Working alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, for client Oakmayne Properties, Vetter UK completed the stonework on this exclusive residential development containing twenty three high quality apartments and two luxury rooftop terraced penthouses.
The project involved the design and installation of 4,000m² of external cladding creating a rainscreen system to all four elevations of the eight storey building in Salgueira Light, a limestone from Portugal. In addition, Vetter UK also installed around 900m² of hard landscaping.
Before commencing on-site, the in-house design team had to design an alternative cladding system that would fit to the previous supplier’s partly-installed system. In addition careful consideration had to be given to the 16 balconies and 300 metres of overhanging parapets.
Time was always going to be the biggest obstacle that Vetter UK faced on the project. One particular challenge involved negotiating with the Portuguese supplier to work through their traditional summer break, which fortunately, they did.
Embassy Court’s close proximity to its neighbours meant there were also constraints on working hours, limited storage and difficult site access. To overcome the problem of storing stone pallets onsite, the stone was transported from Portugal to a holding centre in Wembley and then delivered to site on a ‘just in time’ basis for installation.
The project was fully completed in February 2009.