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Ferry Lane London

25,000m2 of 6063 T6 Aluminium Extrusions have been used in the completion of Ferry Lane in Walthamstow.

Ferry Lane London

This was the first large scale development of Sotech’s extruded profiles range, now referred to as Optima XTR Contour.

Ferry Lane London XTR Contour

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.

Ferry Lane London XTR Contour

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.

Ferry Lane London XTR Contour

Ferry Lane London XTR Contour

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.

Ferry Lane London XTR Contour




Jamie Smith, Commercial Manager at Sotech said: “The sheer scale of this scheme in a new to market product offering is testament to the knowledge of the team within Sotech and, the strong relationship we have with our incredible suppliers. The façade was designed/scheduled and expertly installed by our longstanding customer OCL Facades who’s in depth installation experience significantly contributed to the delivery of a fantastic looking project.  Collaboration across all parties involved in the delivery of this scheme is testament to what is achievable in the façade industry when industry experts talk to one another.”


Project Details:

Project Name: Ferry Lane

Sector: Residential

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.

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