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GRC facade for multi-apartment building complex

51 College Road

BUILT YEAR

2019

ARCHITECT

SOM

CONTRACTOR

Skonto Plan

DEVELOPER

Barratt London

51 College Road

A multi-purpose building complex in an energetic district

The Harrow Square residential buildings on 51 College Road are prominently located in the historic London district of Harrow on the Hill.

The multi-apartment building complex brings together public space, residents, businesses, and high-quality architecture. The complex includes space for restaurants, caf├ęs, playgrounds, and places for cultural events and shows. The different buildings vary in height to fit the landscape, with the highest 20-story building in the middle and the adjacent buildings lowering so as to fit evenly with the surrounding buildings.

A durable GRC facade

Energy-efficient and nature-friendly materials have been chosen for the construction, including GRC for the facade cladding. The choice of GRC for the facade is highly beneficial in regard to durability and weather resistance. The lifespan of GRC is 100+ years with no need for technical maintenance and without the worry of replacing or repairing elements because of weather damage.

BB fiberbeton produced and manufactured 2.900 facade elements in GRC, corresponding to 9.800 m2 in a total of 195 variants.

Durable, lightweight, formable

GRC cladding

Through design and manufacturing we help architects, entrepreneurs, and builders create unique, durable, and sustainable facades. Whether you are starting construction on a new build or embarking on a renovation project, GRC is suitable for both.

Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC or GFRC) is incredibly versatile and grants you an architectural design freedom with almost endless possibilities. With the formability of GRC you can achieve any geometry and with a surface designed for your specific project. GRC is a lightweight material and our cladding elements are typically only 12 mm. Thus, making it easier to work with and transport whilst also easing the load on buildings.

GRC is an excellent facade material if durability and sustainability is of great concern and importance. GRC is durable for more than 100 years without any technical maintenance and it does not dent, rot, corrode, nor burn (class A material). With a sustainable material and an environmentally friendly production without toxic materials, GRC elements from BB fiberbeton are ideal for environmental certifications, such as LEED, DGNB, and BREEAM.

GRC is made of white cement and fine aggregates and reinforced with glassfibre. Elements are produced using a special spray-technique that allows for a low water/cement-ratio, a low thickness, and a high strength.

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