Rival Merits of Different Cladding Materials
Rainscreen cladding is a very popular option in modern construction. Its benefits are numerous, but different cladding materials have unique combinations of advantages. Some are particularly well-suited to certain environments or styles of architecture, while others combine varying blends of environmentalism, affordability and versatility.
Key Considerations for New Buildings in Established Areas
Constructing a new building in an established area brings a unique set of technical and aesthetic challenges. With planning approval often prioritised for brownfield sites, and a steadily growing assortment of architectural eras to consider, it is arguably more challenging than ever to design a modern building that harmonises with its surroundings rather than looking out of place or unsympathetic. Councils are typically minded to reject proposed buildings in conservation areas which pay insufficient regard to their surroundings – not just in terms of height and massing but also in relation to their proposed appearance.
The Growing Popularity of PVDF
It’s vital that any construction project minimises the risk of delays, and this can be supported by quality building materials being supplied on time and to an agreed standard. Pre-painted metal cladding represents a perfect example of this – a cost-effective and dependable long-term protection against ambient factors, which can be tailored to suit each design without damaging either the environment or the balance sheet.
Introducing a New Look for CGL Gutters
Today we are thrilled to be launching our brand new website cglgutters.com. Following the rebranding of our Merson Group, Merson-ASG and CGL Facades websites, our objective was to roll out the new look right across our group of businesses. The old CGL Gutters website has been replaced with a slicker, dynamic website, designed with a fresh new look.
Selecting the Best Materials and Finishes for your Design
For an architect with enviable responsibility for the design specification of a project, the options available now are larger than ever. With new products and finishes being launched continually by all the major manufacturers, just where do you start?
Key Considerations for Residential Projects
Think of rainscreen cladding, and you’ll probably envisage a commercial building such as a warehouse or office complex. However, residential developments can also benefit from cladding, since the same aesthetic and technical principles apply
Project in Focus: Langley Court
We are delighted to add Langley Court, a care home in St Ives Cambridge to our portfolio of completed projects.
Built on the site of a previous sheltered housing scheme this stunning and distinctive curved three-wing plan building provides a real state-of-the-art alternative to sheltered accommodation.
Pleased to Begin Work at NAIC, University of Warwick
We are delighted to announce the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), University of Warwick, as one of the recent job wins for CGL Facades.
Meet the team: An interview with Stuart McMillan
Stuart McMillan has worked as part of Merson Group for over 20 years, most recently heading up our rainwater management area; CGL Rainpulse. Following on from that role, Stuart has since been promoted into a new position and now heads up CGL Facades where he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
A Few Project Highlights from 2016
It was a fast paced, rewarding year at CGL Facades, pushing forward new business initiatives whilst delivering some fantastic projects.
As we kick off a new year full of more exciting opportunities, we wanted to take a look back and share some of our favourites of 2016.
A Festive Message from Merson Group
CEO of Merson Group Roddy Angus reflects on an extremely busy 2016, looks ahead to 2017 and shares his festive message:
So, how was 2016 for you?
Was it the year you expected? Did it surprise or disappoint? Did it involve changes, planned or unplanned? At Merson Group the answers are “no”, “both” and “both”!
Which Cladding System is Right for You?
Over the past few decades the role of wall cladding in building design has evolved somewhat. Whilst its main purpose of protecting the building from the elements remains, cladding has more recently come into its own as a key driver in the overall aesthetic and design of a structure.
A Look at our Favourite Education Building Projects
At CGL Facades we have a long history of manufacturing architectural facades for educational establishments. We love working on these projects because of the unique and varied nature of each building. Despite the challenges presented by a tough financial climate, the importance of having good quality places for people to learn has remained a key part of investment across the UK, and we are delighted to have been involved in both the upgrade of old and the creation of new facilities.
Building Environments for Trumpington College
With its first student intake scheduled for September 2016, Trumpington Community College is Cambridgeshire’s first new secondary school for 50 years. As part of the wider Great Kneighton project, the 750-place secondary school for children aged 11-16 will serve the thousands of new homes in south Cambridge, while the Sports Hall will be open to the whole community.
Pleased to Begin Work at Oxford Brookes University
We are excited to announce Oxford Brookes University as another recent project win for CGL Facades.
Spanning around 2000m2, this project will see the full refurbishment of the Clerici building, which is one of the Universities main teaching spaces. This upgrade forms part of a larger scale programme of investment to create a more aspiring, modern campus. Designed by Ostick & Williams Architects, this new and improved building will provide a new home to the faculty of business. In addition, the Clerici project will create 28 teaching rooms, a lecture theatre and a social space with café.