25,000m2 of 6063 T6 Aluminium Extrusions have been used in the completion of Ferry Lane in Walthamstow.
Extruded Aluminium was chosen in order to achieve the complex geometry of the cladding profiles. The scheme required a multitude of different complex profiles which would make up the final façade, and the repeatability of an extrusion ensured tight manufacturing tolerances could be achieved.
The initial tender and concept design for the facade profiles far exceeded what was physically possible to manufacture. Pairing Sotech’s facade experience with a robust technical offering from suppliers, Hydro allowed the team to create and develop a solution which kept the same initial aesthetic but was suitable for manufacture. This included reducing the overall die cover sizes and implementing blanking plates in the die design to assist with fire barrier application. This would not have been possible with other methods of manufacture.
Owing to the scale of the project, Sotech and OCL Facades carried out three separate sequence B CWCT tests to ensure the façade was robust and safe prior to installation.
This exciting, and visually striking, project regenerates the former Ferry Lane Industrial Site along Walthamstow’s High Maynard Reservoir, into an environmentally-sensitive, high-quality and sustainable Build to Rent development.
Project Name: Ferry Lane
Installer: OCL Facades
Main Contractor: Vistry Partnerships
Architect: Assael Architecture
About Optima XTR:
The extrusion in the XTR Contour range is formed when the aluminium alloy is pushed through a die into profiles or complex shapes of your choice. All commercial finishes may be incorporated on one elevation to create an almost limitless effect of colours and shapes.
The extrusion range is secretly fixed onto extruded aluminium support framework horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The range can provide the appearance of terracotta cladding but is much lighter, more cost effective, versatile and due to it being made from extruded aluminium 6063-T6 it is extremely hardwearing.