Benchmark has been busy up in Edinburgh’s Quartermile district, a new mixed-use residential project masterplanned by Foster+Partners. Its Konnect engineered facade system was specified on a seven storey block in the development in an effort to cut the installation schedule by three weeks. The factory-made, unitised system comprises highly insulated, multi-spanning modules that are the engineered for the firm’s range of external facades. They’re also supplied as fit-out ready for internal plasterboard, eliminating the need for internal framing. Over 1000m2 of the system was installed using a ‘sucker’ plant by five operatives in only 10 days. The Konnect system modules can be fabricated up to 7m high and can incorporate a cavity for ventilation and services.
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