Appointed by main contractor Wates Construction, Soundcraft has undertaken the extensive fire door upgrade of three 14-storey buildings at Chadwell Towers in Essex, successfully completing the project ahead of schedule.
Originally built in the mid-sixties, the residential blocks of flats owned by Thurrock Council required the removal of existing doors and screens before work could proceeded with the installation of new FD60 fire doors and screens to the lift lobby and bin chute areas by Soundcraft teams on all 14 floors of each high-rise block.
The fire door upgrade to communal areas for Chadwell Towers dwellings now provides 60-minute integrity and insulation with Q-Mark certified fire-resistance doors, installed and constructed from solid particle board core with crown cut Sapele veneer, and the screens from solid Sapele, all finished in clear lacquer.
Meeting the challenges to deliver on the project, Managing Director Rob Thomson said: “This important upgrade across three 14-storey tower blocks called for Soundcraft’s installation expertise and precision planning to ensure that work was accomplished ahead of schedule with minimum disruption to residents. Loading out was achieved via an external hoist with access through a removed window opening, while the doors, screens and glass were stored on each floor within a refuse chute area prior to fitting by our installation team, all of which enabled the entire project to be successfully completed in little over six weeks.”
The next phase at Chadwell Towers will see Soundcraft product strengths of timber and aluminium uniquely combine, with advanced design plans for SF52 communal stairwell curtain walling screens and SPW600 windows in progress for early 2022.
The installation was carried out by Soundcraft operatives under the BM Trada Q-Mark Fire Door Installation Scheme, which provides reassurance to specifiers, contractors and end users that the product they have chosen has been installed correctly and that it should perform as intended.
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