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AJOR CITY DEVELOPMENT ADOPTS INNOVATIVE UNITISED WALL SYSTEM

The £180m mixed-use Latitude development in Leeds city centre has been built with a revolutionary unitised wall system comprising of bespoke composite panels from Panel Systems.

The composite panels, which were supplied to façade engineers Topside, were fitted into the unitised sections offsite to meet the very stringent requirements of the development. Panel Systems’ composite panels consisted of a 3mm powder coated aluminium tray, a layer of Styrofoam insulation and a steel backing panel for the curtain walling of the development, which will also be used as flats, retail and leisure units.

The unitised system consisted of an aluminium framed and fully fabricated wall section with pre-formed openings for windows and composite panels. This modern method of construction carried out in a factory-controlled environment meant that no external scaffolding was required, helping to bring the project to completion ahead of schedule.

Each section of the exterior wall system is 1.5m wide and 3.5m high and was delivered to site ready for installation, including being pre-fitted with the composite panels and glazed windows. The sections were lowered into position using a combination of mobile, tower and counter balance cranes and fixed onto the ground and first floors of the office buildings of the development,.

Ian Illingsworth, Operations Manager at Topside, commented: “The unitised sections were fabricated offsite, which meant that we needed accurate and timely deliveries for all the components. The outstanding service we received from Panel Systems was integral in helping us create a high thermal performance and a weathertight finish to the building.”

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems’, said: “We worked closely with Topside, which ensured a high-quality and professional service was delivered. The main priority was to ensure the composite panels were delivered to Topside’s factory on time so that they could be fabricated into the unitised sections and therefore installed on site exactly to schedule.” He added: “The thermal qualities of our composite panels and the modern aesthetic appearance they provide to the building’s façade successfully met the high standards expected for this project.”

The main element of the Latitude scheme is the phased development of five office buildings, and 700 flats will also be part of the 600,000 square foot site. The entire development will be extensively landscaped and a green space for leisure will be created between the River Aire and the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which bounds the eastern edge of the site.

Panel Systems’ is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of insulation products, composite architectural panels, structural foams and portable staging systems.

Email: marina@dragonflypr.co.uk


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