The massive Wembley Park regeneration project continues apace. And one of the latest completions is The Alameda.
It comprises 10-storey and 15-storey, blocks providing 340 new residential apartments with cafes and restaurants planned at ground level. The slide-on balconies are a striking feature, but critical to their structural and long–term insulation performance is the incorporation of Schöck Isokorb structural break units. Early involvement was necessary to ensure that the connectors were accurately cast into the building during the mainframe construction phase. A stub bracket was attached to the Isokorb units and the balcony cantilever support arm attached. The fully pre-assembled balcony chassis was then slid on to the cantilever arm and locked in position.
Thermal bridging is a critical issue
If there is ineffective insulation at the connection points, there will be local heat loss, resulting in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. This is a major consequence of thermal bridging, but there are other issues. Low internal surface temperatures around the thermal bridge can cause condensation, leading not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials, but also mould growth. This can have serious health implications for residents in the form of asthma and allergies.
As the leading international supplier of structural thermal breaks, Schöck has almost limitless variants available in its main Isokorb range, offering planners complete construction dependability and enormous freedom of design. All products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations; have NHBC approval; offer LABC Registration and independent BBA Certification.