The buildings of Enderby Wharf have been designed with the concept of movement in mind; inspired by a river delta, the blocks are designed to work together to suggest rippling and undulating motions. Each block was designated three colours from the specialist paint range, the Natural Colour System (NCS). The colours selected change gradually across the buildings from warmer, coppery tones at the south that reflect the housing stock brick colour, through to golden tones at the site’s northern end. This again aids the ‘flowing’ design concept.
For Enderby Wharf, HLM Architects specified CGL’s hook-on Rainscreen panels; a fully drained, ventilated and pressure equalised façade. This system allows air movement around each panel which provides the ultimate pressure equalisation, minimising the water penetration to the inner wall.
Manufactured from 3mm H14 3103 grade aluminium, the panels for Enderby Wharf were then finished in a process known as Polyester Powder Coating. The paint process starts with pre-treatment; dipping or submerging the aluminium parts into large tanks of special liquid which de-greases and prepares the surface of the aluminium for painting, effectively dissolving a microscopic film of the surface of the parts.
If you examined the surface of the material through a microscope it would appear ragged and undulating; this provides the “key” which allows to powder particles to adhere to the panel. The paint is applied to specific thicknesses measured in “Microns”. For Enderby Wharf the specification called for a 60 micron paint specification on the visible faces of all parts, a relatively thick specification necessitated by the development’s close proximity to the Thames, making this a marine environment.
The panels are affixed to the wall by way of the CS3 Support Grid. This originated in Germany, designed for the cladding industry on the continent by a company called Cometec. It allows ultimate functionality by its 3-axis adjustability, giving perfect alignment of façade panels and joint lines, even on buildings with numerous different angles and directional changes such as the Enderby Wharf blocks.
The Enderby Wharf development is not yet completed but following the successful instalation of our two blocks, our involvement in the project has been concluded. It’s hugely satisfying to contribute to such an extensive and attractive development which boosts our portfolio of cladding projects in the residential sector which includes The Courthouse. Also a collaboration with Barratt, HLM and M Price, The Courthouse is another luxury apartment complex in London which was successfully completed last year.