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Article Date: 7th April 2017

Taylor Maxwell - Belmont House Uxbridge

Belmont House - Brick Cladding System - Corium Brick Tiles

Taylor Maxwell - Belmont House Uxbridge

The £30 million grade A redevelopment of Belmont House boasts some of the largest floor plans in any Thames Valley town centre, providing more than 125,000sq.ft of office accommodation over five storeys.

Situated in the heart of Uxbridge town centre, the new office block has a superbly convenient location with easy access to London via the nearby train and tube stations and excellent transport links to Heathrow via the M25. Notable neighbours include Coca-Cola, Xerox and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The tired 1980s office block façade of Belmont House was stripped back to the original concrete frame to facilitate the modernisation of the dated design and provide a fresh and efficient first class office building for the area, designed by architects TP Bennett for their client Aviva.

Following the complete demolition of the buildings central core area, major strengthening works to the existing concrete frame has enabled an additional fifth floor to be added at roof level, as well as two terraces, a full height atrium, and the brand new entrance that you now see on Belmont Road.

Following a change in the design, David Blair - Director at TP Bennett, worked closely with Taylor Maxwell to find a suitable façade for this premium development.

"We moved away from the original design which called for a traditional brick" recalled David, "and Ian Wyatt (TM) suggested the Corium brick cladding system as an alternative."

Taylor Maxwell - Brick CladdingDavid continued, "We didn’t want the building to look overly uniform, so we worked with Taylor Maxwell to create a blend that would give the façade a ‘multi’ type characteristic that our client was looking for in the original design."

Paul Mears, Cladding Specialist at Taylor Maxwell, explained the process of producing a bespoke blend for this project; "The team at TP Bennett were looking to create a blend that would both suit and enhance the design of the building and its surrounding area. In the first instance, we reviewed a number of yellow tiles from Corium’s standard colour range, from which the architects selected a number of tiles they liked which they wanted to develop. From here we carried out a product development process resulting in 4 ‘new’ tile colours and agreed on the percentage blend of these. Finally, we produced project sample panels which were pointed using different mortar colours, to reach a decision on an overall aesthetic that everyone was happy with."

David added, "Ian and Paul were very good in working with us through the process, providing a wide selection of potential tiles and helping to create the blend that we felt had the aesthetic characteristics we were after, which I think we achieved quite successfully."

In order to aid a smooth installation process, Paul explained that TM arranged for the circa 2500m² Corium brick tiles to be delivered to site pre-blended. This meant that the tiles could be selected from one pack at a time, and removed the need for blending to take place from multiple packs on site, minimizing inefficiencies in time and space.

Project Director Peter Denness of main contractors McLaren Construction, had worked with Taylor Maxwell in the past, but explained how happy he was with his first experience of using Corium on site on this project; "It’s a joy to work with, easy to fix, and one of the biggest advantages is the flexibility it offers to a build."

Taylor Maxwell - Belmont House UxbridgePeter continued, "We actually built Belmont House from the top down. By putting the roof on and starting on the top floor, it allowed us to get water-tight very quickly so that when the following floors were being installed, they were off the critical path and we could start the fit out process a lot earlier. This level of flexibility really suited us and the project. I’d definitely use Corium again."

"Everyone seems to be very happy with the finish of the building" David surmised, "It has met all expectations and looks very crisp. The brick cladding has rebranded the building and given it a new lease of life. There were a number of complex details and interfaces between the existing and new structures that were overcome in design through close co-operation between all involved, and the end results are quite impressive. The finished project is exactly as everyone had hoped, if not better, which is a great result."

Peter Denness agreed, "Everyone involved with the process agrees that the new Belmont House looks fantastic, and it really makes a significant contribution to the regeneration of Uxbridge town centre."

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