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St Francis Tower set for fire safety improvements with Wetherby’s EWI system

st francis tower

Many high-rise buildings have been re-evaluating their fire safety since Grenfell and St Francis Tower in Ipswich is the latest example to be subject to fire safety improvements with the required removal of its pre-existing exterior cladding. The cladding is to be replaced by a BBA EWI approved system from system designer, Wetherby Building Systems Ltd.

The project is being funded by the Government Building Safety Fund. The fund is aimed at making sure tenants, leaseholders and residents living in buildings covered by the fund are safe by remediating unsafe non-ACM cladding systems.

Oander Ltd were appointed to deliver the fire safety improvements and enlisted the help of Guildmore Ltd to carry out the remedial works. When it came to the replacement of the existing system, Wetherby were chosen due to the stringent fire tests carried out on all of their EWI systems.

With a mix of masonry and steel frame substrates to the building, two different Wetherby Thin Coat Render Systems were chosen to be installed to the 3500m² area. For the steel frame area, Wetherby’s Rail Fix system was an ideal option as it incorporates a drainage cavity; by using this method it allows the steel frame structure to remain dry protecting the building from any potential weather damage. All elevations are to be finished with Wetherby’s 1.5mm Silicone K render in contrasting shades of grey to compliment the nearby St Nicholas Church.

Full case study coming soon!

For further information on the EWI systems, or any other products from Wetherby Building Systems, visit www.wbs-ltd.co.uk or call 01942 717100.

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