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A DESIGN SOLUTION
- High rise properties present unique problems in terms of
their structural capabilities and shortcomings as well as
in matters of maintenance and management.
- All blocks are subject to cyclic maintenance and require
periodic monitoring inspections. These exercises are most
speedily and economically carried out by suspending
access cradles onto the face of the building supported by
rigging erected on the flat roof deck.
- In recent times many blocks have been over roofed against
water ingress and condensation caused by cold bridging.
- This has removed the opportunity for cradle access and
leaves building owners faced with the expensive options
of masted platforms or fixed scaffolds for even the most
- When, in 1991, we were first approached to design such a
roof, we appraised our Clients of the drawbacks of
existing systems and established that they were keen to
maintain the facility for cradle access.
- We then designed a system of over roofing which still
encapsulates and insulates the block but allows cradles
to be erected when required.
- This is achieved with no sacrifice in choice of form,
colour or long term low maintenance. The structural steel
framework is strong and versatile; the aluminium sheeting
is virtually corrosion free and colour choice almost
|How is this achieved
Two 18 storey brick clad
Commission to over roof these two blocks won following
Design Period April -August 1995
Construction period - January 1996 - July 1996
Phase 2, Glasgow
Two 15 storey brick clad blocks.
Roof incorporated dormer features on all elevations.
Constructed - February to September 1992
An 18 storey Bison Wallframe
block situated close to Charing Cross and overlooking the
Kingston Bridge in Glasgow City Centre.
Close liaison with the City Planners was required
before adopting a high domed roof for this sensitive
Constructed - September 1992 to May 1993
Phase 3, Glasgow
A plain hipped end roof this,
the last of four blocks, reflected the design of the
original block but incorporated our system for cradle
Constructed - December 1992 to May 1993