Cartwright Gardens is a student accommodation scheme for main contractor Mulitplex. The main elevation consists of a series ‘U’ shaped brick faced mullions up to 2nd floor then a series of triple and double storey ‘T’ shaped recessed units. These were infilled with smaller spandrels to form the window openings.
At the top of this elevation are a series of set-back mansard dormers that have recon stone wings and terracotta facings. A typical dormer consisted of 2 wings and a lid which included some tricky geometry. The whole job was stacked meaning only restraint was taken off the primary structure with all the load going into the foundations.
There are approximately 1100 number precast panels incorporating 4 brick types on the project. The installation had to be done in a very condensed period of time and in order to meet the targets we used 3 gangs on site working on separate tower cranes. Being a central London project space was at a premium and we had to work within strict road closure times, all of which added to the challenge.
When it came to finishing work the access was none existent and so we employed 3 teams of abseilers to carry out the works, the project opened on time and was almost instantly inhabited by 1100 students.
TP Bennett / Maccreanor Lavington
Brick Faced Precast Terracotta Dormers Recon Stone Panels