Canada Water, Maple Quays, London

29 March 2012

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Barratt Homes are one the UK''s largest and innovative housing developers committed to creating practical and satisfying homes for their customers. As part of this process the company wanted to provide a linkbetween the design of a new London development and the local environment. The site is next to Canada Water the only freshwater lake in South East London, itself named after the original Canada Docks which for many years was the destination port of ships sailing from Canada.

To create a connection with the area a decision was made to incorporate a repeating maple leaf pattern onto large scale concrete cladding panels at entrance, balcony and roof level. Given the size of these panels, some of which were over 3m² , the use of GRC was an obvious choice to both reduce the imposed load on the structure and allow for ease of installation.

With considerable input from the University of Derby who created the pattern master the first panels were ready for installation within 8 weeks of the contract being signed. GRCUK site teams then worked hard to ensure that despite the various delays caused by the winter weather all the panels were fully installed by the due date. This was only possible by a cohesive collaboration of all involved including, not only University of Derby but also Reckli GbmH , KDS Associates along with the technical and site team at Barratt East London

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