The Foundry is a large scale project involving the construction of a ten storey city centre development. This project brought with it many challenges due to the sheer scale of the development and the bespoke requirements however by working closely with the client we were able to overcome each obstacle to their satisfaction. Newly completed, the development now houses an impressive 239 student bedrooms with a large communal area on the ground floor including a gym, cinema, games room, music room and study area.
The lower two floors of the building are constructed around a hot rolled steel frame and cast in-situ concrete floors along with a cast in-situ concrete stair and lift core, with the upper eight floors being constructed from cold rolled light gauge steel. The upper eight floors are manufactured off site utilizing modern methods of construction which greatly reduce the waste and increase productivity whilst also being energy saving. The upper floors were installed at a rate of one floor per fortnight. The building has a brick finish to the lower two floors with a zinc rain screen to the upper eight floors. High levels of insulation and the use of low energy fittings enable the building to surpass building regulation requirements. The construction was coordinated so that works continue inside and out on the lower floors as the building progresses skyward.
Further to the impressive construction achievements of the build, the scheme also achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and an air tight rating of 3m3/m2@50PA. In addition, the building is also designed in a way that allows it to generate 10% of its energy requirements through LTZ technologies, 1 No CHP unit.