• Client: Finchatton
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Duration: Complete
  • Location: London
  • Portland Limestone
  • Burlington Slate
  • Burlington Welsh Slate
  • Cupaclad Slate
  • Granite cobbles
  • Moleanos Limestone
  • Glass Reinforced Concrete
  • Screed
  • Epoxy Resin Paint
  • 5,000m2+ cladding
  • 2,000m2+ paving
  • 600m2 Glass Reinforced Concrete

Vetter UK were appointed to deliver the design, supply and installation of the natural stone cladding, rainscreen cladding, flooring, hard landscaping, glass reinforced concrete, epoxy resin paint application throughout the car park areas, MER rooms, UKPM rooms and corridors.

The handset cladding consists of Portland stone to the north, east and south elevations of level 6 including parapets and copings, the arches and copings to the north, east and south elevations of levels 6 and 7, the coping and inner side of the walls to the west and south elevations of level 2 and the hotel entrance and copings to the north elevation of levels 0-2. In addition, we have also installed Moleanos limestone to the vent shafts of seven locations on level 2.

The rainscreen cladding includes the installation of slate mansards and vertical slate cladding across the building on levels 7-8 and 8-9, including Burlington stone copings, slate panel walls, as well as parapet walls to the 2 no penthouses on level 9.

Both glass reinforced concrete packages were incredibly challenging requiring 6 and 12 months respectively of planning, coordination and the working out of suitable installation methodologies.

For the cladding to the internal atrium core (levels 2-8), our team spent approximately six months working out the best and safest installation methodology, working alongside lifting specialists to find the best specialist equipment for the job. The panels were both large and heavy and were to be installed into an area of the development where space was at a premium. A socket was attached to the concrete and the panels lifted into position using a hoist and chain blocks.

The B1 drop-off area now has a centre piece of glass reinforced concrete fluted columns and double-curved GRC soffits. These units are large and the design, manufacture, methodology for installation and coordination of other trades and logistics was a year in the making.