• 13 May 2019
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The £26m Hadrian’s Tower, being developed in the heart of Newcastle for High Street Residential, is a building comprising 162 apartments, which will become the city’s tallest tower block.  

A very confined site, the building is sandwiched between two existing structures with no working space for scaffolding or mast climbers.

To overcome this challenge and still ensure the glazed facade concept design of the building was achieved, Tolent made the decision to adopt a unitized façade system. This involves off-site manufactured, bespoke glazing units made in Kiev, Ukraine using components from all over Europe (including Belgium, Poland & Belarus).

The façade is being provided by the specialist glazing subcontractor EVB Facades (UK) Ltd, whose parent company and manufacturing is based in Kiev. The design was created by working very closely with the Belgian glazing system manufacturer, Reynaers and local architects, Faulkner Browns.

The façade units are typically 1200mm wide and one storey high (3000 mm) and often contain feature metal panels, as seen below. 

Installed from inside the building using a spider crane and glass manipulators, the units are hung from pre-prepared channels cast into the concrete floor slab edge. The system is also flexible enough to create a desired ‘saw toothed’ effect on the north and south elevations.

The finish is a mixture of bronze coloured anodised aluminium panels and fins with structural glass, which has a cosmetic “fritted” glazing feature bar inside.

Regional Director for Tolent, David Thompson, said: “Choosing this method of construction for the units ensured a high quality finish, incredibly fast site install and allowed us to overcome the access restrictions we face on this incredibly confined, city centre site.

“We also worked closely with Faulkner Brown Architects and specialist façade consultants FAT to assist us in achieving the very specific detailing required to maintain the desired appearance from the concept design stage. The whole team is doing an excellent job to deliver what will be a fantastic addition to Newcastle's sky line.”

High Street Residential is part of The High Street Group of Companies, which is based in Newcastle.  In addition to Hadrian’s Tower, current projects include ten other PRS schemes, in Birmingham- four – Gateshead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, another in Newcastle, Salford and Warrington, providing around 3,000 apartments.  Together with schemes under investigation, the PRS portfolio is worth £1.1 billion.