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Ashley Road East London Sotech

Over 4000sqm of Optima TFC+ in 3mm Aluminium polyester powder coating has been used in the completion of One Ashley Road, near Tottenham’s tube station in North London, with 5.0mm aluminium selected for column at the entrance to offer a more rigid panel face.

The Optima TFC+ system was collaboratively selected by Sotech, CCS Façades and the Client Design Team as it could be adapted to suit the unique geometry of the architect’s vision.

Ashley Road East London Sotech

Ashley Road East London Sotech

Taking inspiration from The Eagle Pencil Co (later taken over by Berol), which operated in the area, the building’s geometry follows the hexagonal shape of a pencil.

Ashley Road East London Sotech

The hexagonal style of the building meant adaptations were required to manufacture and install the unique pattern and shapes of both the ground floor soffits and the perforated panels.

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Ashley Road East London Sotech-02

3D models were created by the Sotech team to perfect the final panels before manufacture. This required a lot of design collaboration with Our Client CCS Façades

3D Model 1

This modelling process saved huge amounts of time and money over producing physical mock ups, and ensured the installation process on site went smoothly.

Ashley Road East London Sotech

Sotech’s Principal Technical Engineer, Mohammadreza Jenaban (Mo), ran number of specific computer simulation analyses on various panel types including colonnade panels, soffit panels, feature band panels, parapet panels subject to abseil loading and standard panels. The main purposes of carrying out these analyses were first safety and then performance / rigidity within the given boundary conditions.

Amy Burns, 3D Model Coordinator at Sotech, played a lead role on the design side, creating detailed manufacturing schedules and 3D assemblies of each area of the building. This allowed CCS Façades to check and approve panels before they were manufactured and also ensured timely delivery and installation at every stage.


Amy Burns, 3D Model Coordinator at Sotech, noted: “Having weekly meetings with CCS Façades, Design and the site team was a great way of highlighting any issues and ensuring the design and install went smoothly.

“After 3 years of working on this project it’s great to see the finished building in reality! I look forward to working with Ian Gibbs, Ian Sessions, Ryan Sutherland, George Robbins and the CCS Façades team on future projects.”

As Alison Brooks Architects explained on their company web site:

“With a rich orange brick outer skin and a faceted metal courtyard façade, our design employs the graphic colours and hexagonal forms of the iconic Berol Eagle Pencil. These have been translated formally as abstract surface patterns within the architecture of the building, gathering and reflecting light into its heart.”


Josh Stevens, Estimator at Sotech added:

“It has been a pleasure working closely with CCS Façades on this project throughout. They are a very professional team, and I think we’ve helped develop our relationship moving forward on future projects.”

One Ashley Road is a striking addition to the Tottenham skyline. It includes residential accommodation, co-working spaces, and a south-facing communal roof garden.

Ian Gibbs, CCS Contracts Manger added:

“Having worked closely with Sotech on this technically challenging project for 18 months from inception to delivery of the panels, the 3D design and collaborative sign off process proved invaluable to ensure each bespoke panel went together seamlessly. It was a pleasure to work with Sotech throughout the project and as a business we are already working on the next project together and looking forward to many more successful projects with Sotech in the near future”.

Phil Fisk, UK & Ireland Sales Manager at Axalta Coating Systems said:

“I love the contrast of brightness and shade created by the use of the intense Gold of Alesta Supranodic Halo, juxtaposed with the more subtle Grey of Alesta Supranodic Mink.”

Project Name: Tottenham Hale, One Ashley Road

Location: London, Tottenham

Sector: Residential

Installer: CCS Facades

Main Contractor: Galliford Try

Architect: Alison Brooks Architects

System: Optima TFC+

Finish: Axalta ‘SuprAnodic Collection’ Class 2, Ral: Glow 1035, Halo 1036, Mink 7048



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