Aldgate Tower is a brand new, state-of-the-art office development, the first phase of a wider regeneration of the Aldgate area in London. This impressive 317,0000 sq.ft contemporary office block comprises 16 floors of Grade A revolutionary office space designed to achieve environmental efficiency as well as low running costs for operators.
Sustainable products were required that could perform for the lifetime of the building and meet the exacting standards required for an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating.
In addition to a range of energy efficiency choices such as solar hot water, modern European cladding and heat recovery systems, ROCKWOOL products were specified for the insulation of pipework.
Thousands of metres of pipework pre-fabricated offsite by MEP Solutions were then transported to London where the final connections were insulated on site; the key challenge was ensuring the pipe insulation was in the right place at the right time.
"ROCKWOOL insulation is strong, but with a degree of flexibility which means it can be fitted neatly around pipework and ductwork without any gaps for optimum performance. It's an excellent, environmentally friendly product, which met all our criteria on this demanding project ."
Paul Wittam, Project Manager at Murcury Engineering
- Meets BREEAM 'Excellent' rating requirements
- Highly thermally efficient
- ROCKWOOL materials used to satisfy BS 5422:2009 Method for specifying thermal insulating materials
- Non-combustible stone wool insulation
- RockLap H&V Pipe Sections, Ductwrap and Ductslab are CE marked in accordance with BS EN 14303
- Meets BRE Global Green Guide ratings (RockLap H&V Pipe Section A Ductwrap and Ductslab A+)
- ROCKWOOL insulation is chemically compatible with all types of pipes, ducts, equipment and fittings* A typical aqueous extract of ROCKWOOL insulation is neutral or slightly alkaline (pH 7 to 9.5)
THE ROCKWOOL SOLUTION
The Aldgate Tower project required ROCKWOOL to meet a range of challenging product performance and service criteria. Non-combustible products provided thermal performance for the lifetime of the building.
Over 15,000 linear metres of RockLap H&V Pipe Sections, 5,000m2 of Ductwrap plus Fire Duct Systems (previously Conlit® Ductwork Systems) were specified. RockLap H&V Pipe Sections, Ductwrap and Ductslab provide thermal and acoustic insulation for heating, ventilation and air conditioning services. The Fire Duct Systems (previously Conlit® Ductwork Systems) has been fully certified to BS 476-24 (duct types A and B) and tested and assessed by BRE Global Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) in accordance with BS 476-24. Kitchen extract ducts, which are subject to separate BS 476-24 requirements, are additionally covered for ½ and 1 hour protection periods.
ROCKWOOL stone wool tolerates temperatures of up to 1000°C, providing vital fire protection in buildings, keeping people safe as well as minimising damage to valuable assets.
ROCKWOOL products also provided a sustainable solution for the building and helped meet the BREEAM requirements for an 'Excellent' rating. ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation is 97% recyclable, and helps achieve BREEAM credits in: health and wellbeing, acoustic performance, energy (reduction in CO emissions), materials specification, insulation and waste management.
ROCKWOOL insulation does not contain (and has never contained) gases that have ozone depletion potential (ODP) or global warming potential (GWP) and is made from a renewable and plentiful naturally occurring resource relying on trapped air for its thermal properties.
Excellent communication and a coordinated approach ensured that all products were readily available. Thanks to the UK manufacturing operations of ROCKWOOL, and one of their distributors, SIG Technical Insulation, MEP Solutions and thermal insulation contractor Denco Thermal Ltd, were never short of product with 100% of all delivery targets being met.
*Guidance is given in BS5970 regarding the treatment of austenitic stainless steel pipework and fittings.
"It's exciting times as everything has gelled together and the site team have been happy with the project. We've had product
fed through a floor at a time; and the ongoing collaboration has definitely benefited both our companies."
Dennis Coles, Managing Director, Denco Thermal Ltd
Wilmcote House is a sheltered housing scheme in Portsmouth, featuring three connected 11 storey blocks of 107 residential maisonettes, originally constructed in 1968.
Set within the northern Manchester suburbs, Collyhurst is an economically rundown area that houses some of the most deprived communities in the country.
The challenge The design of the O2 arena’s roof had to incorporate state-of-the-art acoustic engineering to eliminate virtually all nuisance ambient noise (bass thumping) outside the arena while ensuring fantastic acoustics inside the structure.
In December 2007, RCT Homes Ltd became Wales’s largest social landlord after taking over the ownership and management of nearly 11,000 homes from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. A not-for-profit organisation, RCT Homes provides high quality housing and manages housing services for more than 60 housing estates and 27 sheltered housing schemes.
Stopsley High School is a mixed Comprehensive and Community College that is located in the northern suburb of Luton. Achieving ‘Specialist Sports College’ status in 2002, the school educates children from 11-16 years old. In 2013, the school received funding from the Government, via the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which aims to address the needs of schools most in need of urgent repair.
REECH (Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Community Housing) is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project aimed at improving energy efficiency in some of the most deprived communities in Liverpool. Social housing provider, One Vision Housing, accessed ERDF funding to help fund the improvement of the Hornby Flats Estate development in Litherland.
Aldgate Tower is a brand new, state-of-the-art office development, the first phase of a wider regeneration of the Aldgate area in London.
A tightly grouped housing development, less than 500m from the south bank of the Dee estuary, Dee Cottages is an early example of corporate involvement in housing design directly associated with the arrival of the Courtaulds company during the closing years of the First World War.
The task was to extend the life of three 1960s residential tower blocks by significantly improving the insulation, thereby increasing thermal comfort and making the flats more economical for residents to heat.