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ARCHITECTURAL SIKA PUTS THE SEAL ON CITY CENTRE DEVELOPMENT


For Minerva Plc’s 640,000 sq ft commercial office and retail development – Te Walbrook Building, designed by Foster + Partners - air and water tightness around the building’s facade was vital.


To provide a long-term, weatherproof seal around the curtain wall and window installation, specialist contractor Josef Gartner used Universal Membran, an advanced sealing system from global building product manufacturer Sika.


Built by contractor Skanska, the project comprised redevelopment of 3 existing properties - St. Swithin’s House, Walbrook House and Granite House. Tis development is a contemporary and efficient financial office building which occupies 1.6 acres. To provide an air and watertight seal Josef Gartner applied the Sika Universal Membran System. Te versatile EPDM synthetic rubber waterproofing membrane designed to provide an efficient method of sealing gaps in building facades.


Sika Universal Membran regulates the amount of moisture escaping from the inside of a building minimising the risk


of interstitial condensation. Easy to use, specialist contractors Josef Gartner simply cut it to the required width and length. After cleaning the surfaces, Sikabond TF Plus elastic adhesive was applied and the Sika Membran was put into place.


With careful specification and attention to detailing, the use of systems such as Sika’s Universal Membran provides specifiers and contractors with a cost effective, easy to install method of ensuring the creation of thermally efficient building envelopes.


Sika has created SikaSpec, an online specification tool. It comprises of a database that allows the user to choose from options. Tis includes the designed movement joint, the type of building – new build or refurbishment, the number of storeys and geographic considerations such as whether the building is north, south, east or west facing. Following this the user selects the type of joint to be sealed, specifies the specific joint type, the colour or shade of sealant required and the maximum cyclic movement of joint. A comprehensive output specification document is then produced.


Now complete, Sika’s Universal Membran


played a vital role in creating landmark building that Te Walbrook will certainly become. It will prevent the loss of heated or cooled air from the building, for the entire life of its rainscreen facade.


www.sikaspec.co.uk, www.sikaconstruction.co.uk 0800 1123863


The future of Windows is clear


VEKA’s award-winning Infinity system contains up to 80% recycled content, while offering the same technical performance and aesthetics as virgin profile.


Capable of achieving an ‘A’-rating / 0.8 U value, this innovative, recycled system is the first in the UK to hold a British Kitemark.


Reduce your carbon footprint by a huge 84% compared to virgin material.


Infinite, sustainable possibilities... Quality windows needn’t cost the earth.


The VEKA UK Group Farrington Rd, Burnley, Lancs, BB11 5DA. Tel: 01282 716611 Fax: 01282 725257 e: salesenquiry@veka.com e: ukrecruitment@veka.com w: www.vekauk.com


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