Category: Grenfell Tower

LONDON, UK – July 6th 2019: People hold a Grenfell never again sign in memory of the genfell tower disaster

How Grenfell changed the rainscreen market

The tragic scenes at Grenfell are something that still linger painfully in the memory for many people. Since this terrible tragedy, the cladding sector has come under great scrutiny – perhaps more so than any other involved. It was the rapid pace at which the fire spread through the building which caused most questions. The fire brigade was called out at 12.54am but by just 1am flames had engulfed many floors.

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Introducing… Modulo by alsecco

At alsecco, we specialise in the development, design, and manufacture of products that help you to create iconic facades and beautiful interiors. Seeking to provide innovation, sustainability, and creativity in one, our collection includes systems to suit every architectural style, performance requirement, and budget. That’s why we’re proud to unveil the latest addition to our portfolio: our Modulo natural stone panels. Crafted to create elegant...

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A feast of finishes – Creative facades, and thinking outside of the white rendered box

  There’s a thin line between striking minimalism and an unfinished appearance. With the industry  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/03/uk-construction-builders-brexit-uncertainty” faced with mounting challenges, companies are increasingly forced to make more out of less. This can require a creative approach to time and budgetary management, strong-arming clients and contractors alike into unattractive compromises; with aesthetics...

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Value engineering: perceived benefits vs potential pitfalls

The concept of value-engineering or “VE”, isn’t new to our industry; especially in an era where cutting costs of building projects is more important than ever before to win contracts and continue to succeed. But when it comes to applying the idea behind value engineering in the real world, those benefits aren’t quite so clear-cut. This can be seen in countless projects and works achieved with this model, including the now-famous Grenfell tower,...

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Bricks at 18 metres high

The need for speed: why modern construction methods are picking up pace in the UK. The UK’s construction sector is currently witnessing the need for speed. The reason? A combination of shortages in construction skills, and the current crisis in the housing sector which has necessitated that projects are finished more quickly, and in many cases use a lower budget.This has allowed more modern construction methods, including off-site construction,...

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The Grenfell impact – Will the new post-Grenfell fire regulations change the way we build?

On 14th June 2017, a fire swept through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. It was started by a broken fridge-freezer within a fourth-floor flat, with the flames bursting through a window and quickly spreading upwards throughout the whole building. Within just nine minutes the fire had spread to the crown of the building, where burning debris fell and set other parts of the building on fire. The devastating blaze led to 72 people...

building regulations, cladding, fire, fire safety, Rainscreen

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