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Article Date: 30th September 2016

Taylor Maxwell - Impact™ - Byrom Point Liverpool

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Taylor Maxwell - Byrom Point Liverpool

A brand new student accommodation block clad in limestone is a worthy addition to the architecturally significant World Heritage site that surrounds Liverpool’s dock.

Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall were commissioned to design a 390-bed student accommodation and retail development on Byrom Street in Liverpool. The design was for two blocks at 12 and 14 storeys, joined by a bridge at the top level of the lower tower.

The site includes famous Victorian buildings such as the Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum just across the road. The World Heritage status of the area reinforces its historical value.

The building is a new landmark for the northern approach to the city centre as FCH architect Mike Gore reported:
"The building occupies a prominent position to the North of the City centre, and acts as a high-quality ‘gateway’ landmark into Liverpool. Given the prominence of the site, it was key for us that we used a really good product that would make a positive impact and tie in with the other buildings in close proximity."

Mike Gore explained how TM helped at the pre-tender and planning stages; "We were looking for a natural or composite stone cladding system. We had worked with Taylor Maxwell before, so undertook some research on their website and came across the generix stone cladding system.

Taylor Maxwell - Byrom Point Liverpool"Their role initially was providing samples for the team to review, which could then be presented to the planning department once budgets had been agreed. They did this very well, informing us of module sizes and setting out the parameters of the system. This allowed us to develop the design and demonstrate that there would be minimal waste, which made the stone a cost effective option.

"Danny McQuaid (TM Cladding Specialist) brought various samples in and we chose to run with Jura Limestone.

“For the building to echo the same architectural language as those surrounding it, we wanted to create slim horizontal bandings which could be read against the deeper and more open vertical proportions above, a feature the planners were keen to achieve."

Do the generix panels fit in to the World Heritage zone? Gareth Roberts of client/developer Watkin Jones is in no doubt, "We are seeing now the fruits of our labour. The scaffold is starting to come down and expose the stone cladding in its true context and it looks really good.

"We’ve created an iconic piece of architecture that’s on a key route into the city." Mike Gore agreed: "It looks fantastic. The façade has the quality aesthetic we were seeking and all the interface details appear well resolved. The contract is on programme so the client is satisfied too."

Taylor Maxwell - Byrom Point LiverpoolSteve McGowan is also convinced the building has been a success:
"It’s outstripped expectations. We are always nervous when we do a big stone job because you are relying on the quality of the cuts and the corners, but they were good and the Astley staff and installation teams we have used on the job have made it look absolutely awesome!

"The new building fits in perfectly with the existing natural stone buildings surrounding it in Liverpool."

The project partners also agree about TM’s customer service on the job. "It’s the best job we’ve had in the last year. It’s on programme, the pre-design completed by Taylor Maxwell and Astley’s has worked out, everything’s gone as planned." said Steve McGowan.

"Taylor Maxwell are always there to solve any problems - Danny McQuaid and others always respond quickly if we need them."

Mike Gore added: "The service was very good and responsive. It was helpful receiving a physical mock-up of how the system would look for the client and the CAD details allowed us to work up the detailed design in-line with the contractor’s programme.

"We are happy with the end product, we pushed for high quality materials with some effective detailing from the outset and are pleased it’s worked out with this system."

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