FP McCann Architectural Cladding Panels Specified on Birmingham University Building

For University College Birmingham (UCB)

3rd March 2020
FP McCann’s structural precast concrete building and architectural facades division has supplied the complete package of architectural precast cladding components on a brand new teaching facility for University College Birmingham (UCB). The £29 million project is the latest phase of the University’s £100 million redevelopment of its campus based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. Moss House, the new four storey undergraduate and postgraduate building covers an area of 8,500m² and comprises lecture theatres, learning areas and a 35metre indoor running track as well as a 160 space multi-storey car park.
  • Status Completed
  • Location Birmingham
  • Division Architectural Solutions
  • Main Contractor Kier Construction
  • Market Sector Education
  • Architect Glen Howells Architects

Undertaking the building construction on behalf of client UCB, main contractor Kier has completed the project designed by Glenn Howells Architects in conjunction with design engineer Couch Consulting. The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham is noted for its red brick architecture and the design and build project reflects the surrounding warehouse buildings. Working with an in-situ reinforced concrete frame installed by Thames Formwork, FP McCann was set the design brief for the architectural facade panels consisting of red brick and terracotta faced cladding panels.

In total 361 individual precast concrete architectural units were supplied from FP McCann’s Grantham factory and installed in 13 weeks, well within the 15 week programme as scheduled. Working on behalf of FP McCann, cladding panel installer RLH used a combination of a mobile and tower crane, eliminating the need for any scaffolding on the building. More than 130,000 individual handmade ‘Burlington Orange’ bricks supplied by Taylor Maxwell were cast on at the factory and pointed with mortar – ‘Tarmac Yellow Buff’ as specified by the architect. The architectural panels also include terracotta cills and lintels as supplied by specialist NBK in Germany and fixed at Grantham to the grey concrete walling panels.

Additionally, FP McCann supplied the products for the corner and ‘L’ shaped precast brick-faced concrete columns. To allow for fixing of the cladding panels which were secured floor by floor, FP McCann designed and supplied bespoke brackets.

The architectural facade team at FP McCann worked closely with the engineers and architects on the project to ensure all aspects of the build met the exacting client specification.

Commenting on the completed project, Jonathan Woods, Contracts Manager for FP McCann says, “This method of architectural precast concrete/brick-faced construction demonstrates a number of efficiencies compared with practices associated with a traditional build. The off-site manufacturing of the building components offers significant advantages in terms of product quality and integrity. On site, speed of construction, minimising waste and the ability to work uninterrupted in all weather conditions are all major benefits. Additionally, the external facade system removes the need for scaffolding and wet trades thereby minimising the health and safety risk factors associated with people working at height.”

For further information on FP McCann’s architectural and structural solutions, contact the team at our London office 020 3905 7640, our Byley office 01606 843500 or email sales@fpmccann.co.uk.