Maple Quays, Rotherhithe, London

Schueco Excellence Awards 2014: Residential. Entrant: M Price

More than 1,000 unitised panels were installed in 30 weeks at Ontario Point at Maple Quays.
More than 1,000 unitised panels were installed in 30 weeks at Ontario Point at Maple Quays.

More than 1,000 unitised panels make up the curtain walling of Ontario Point, a 27-storey residential tower at the Maple Quays development at Canada Water, Rotherhithe. 

Specialist contractor M Price fabricated the 2.5m x 3m panels – its first large unitised project – using Schueco’s USC 65 insulated façade system. 

The aluminium profiled system was chosen for its aesthetics and functionality, with its three-chamber structure and overlapping gasket design giving excellent weather-tightness according to M Price sales and marketing director James Keller. 

A 10-20mm horizontal butt joint allowed for different floor deflections. The system was used with Schueco AWS 102 flush integrated opening elements and the Schueco ASS 70 FD thermally-insulated sliding balcony door system. U-values are 1.7 W/m2k.

M Price collaborated closely with Schueco on the £8m contract, making use of a four-corner crimping machine supplied by Schueco to produce the frames. 

According to Keller, this saved approximately six weeks of labour and enabled the contractor to keep to the tight construction schedule – the unitised panels were installed in 30 weeks.

Judges were impressed with the sophistication of the unitised façade on such a large-scale project.

‘It is very dramatic and avoids clichés. The detailing is clear and elegant,’ says judge Paul Monaghan.  

M Price managing director Colin Chapman, says the Enfield-based company’s investment in unitised production allowed it to win the contract against foreign competition, and he anticipates a shift towards unitised production among other UK specialist fabricators.

  • Panels measured 2.5m x 3m and used Schueco’s USC 65 insulated façade system.
    Panels measured 2.5m x 3m and used Schueco’s USC 65 insulated façade system.
  • Ground floor detail. Judges were impressed with the crisp detailing throughout the building.
    Ground floor detail. Judges were impressed with the crisp detailing throughout the building.
  • Facade detail
    Facade detail
123

Credits

Client: Barratt Homes

Architect: Glenn Howells Architects

Structural engineer: URS Corporation

Specialist contractor: M Price

Suppliers

 

 

Latest

South Africa’s housing crisis puts the UK’s in the shade. Joseph Noero takes a practical approach to his mission to change that

Simple, affordable Table House has huge potential to improve lives

RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner famed for buildings such as the Olivetti offices, Fountains Abbey visitor centre and the Downland Gridshell among others; teacher, collaborator and known above all for his inclusive, optimistic approach

Hugely influential designer, teacher and Royal Gold Medallist

Architect Tom Bennett explains why the urgency of arresting climate crisis leaves him no alternative but to get involved – seriously

One architect on why climate activism is worth a criminal record

Profits flatline in the RIBA Business Benchmarking 2019 survey despite bigger workloads for architects bringing in more revenue

Employment is up, so is international work – the results of RIBA’s Business Benchmarking survey

The latest Cupa Pizarras ventilated slate cladding features vertical rectangles ideal for the clean lines of modern projects

Slate cladding in vertical rectangles is the perfect fit