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Scope: Concept and Construction Design, Quantity Surveying, Project Management

Client: Castlepride

Important PRS scheme for the owner. New building envelope overcladding an existing 60’s block.

Very tight budget - an exercise in what is humanly possible in terms of cost optimisation.

FAT have been employed to deliver the project from Concept for planning (including several options with CGIs) all the way to Construction design, schedules for procurement/fabrication of materials.

Further expanding on our offering FAT also delivered Quantity Surveying and Project Management services so the owner of the building was able to avoid going to a tender and instead installed the facade 'labour only' with a team of fixers who had never done cladding before - rainscreen cladding tolerances are less than 10mm! Talk about how spot on our design had to be!

By implementing best practice know-how FAT delivered cladding panel layout with only 3% material wastage (as opposed to industry standard 30%). Further savings were achieved by implementing a slab-to-slab system and rivet fixing panels rather than adhesive.

Our QS aggressively negotiated rates on the client's behalf and together with fully cost-optimised design this resulted in construction cost for the entire building envelope bellow £120 pounds per square meter! That's design, labour, panels, wastage, subgird, fixings, k15, tyvek, copings, flashings, trims, firebreaks etc. all included!

The cladding material selected was Rockpanel for the quality of their product and competitive prices, supplied and fabricated by Vivalda.

The result is stunning - chic, classy, attractive design and high quality installation at half the market price.

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