A hybrid of Icopal’s Monarflex products have been used in the restoration of the iconic Centre Point building in Central London.
Property developer Almacantar specified the Monarflex range for a bespoke wrap of the building during its 2015 revival. It required the wrap to be visually appealing whilst maintaining practicality and safety for installers Trad Scaffolding.
The Centre Point building was wrapped in prints designed by Eley Kishimoto during Almacantar’s construction of 82 residential apartments, restaurants and retail spaces.
To fulfil the brief, Icopal collaborate with Almacantar’s design team, Hat Trick Design, to develop the purpose built plastic wrap through a series of meetings and mock-up trials. The bespoke wrap was designed so that it could incorporate the digiprint logo in the largest size possible, and featured additional lines of tie points to meet the standards required and satisfy Camden Council.
The bespoke material has been named Monarflex Stripe Firesmart Plus. The material forms a three ply composition with two outer layers, manufactured from a weather resistant and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) that is also flame resistant.
Five high strength woven and plastic coated bands are made in pre-sets patterns and fitted on top of the sheet. The sheets will fit virtually any type of scaffold and have been designed to be applied both horizontally and vertically.
By installing the Stripe Firesmart Plus, open construction and machinery were protected from dust particles from sandblasting and water jetting from façade works.
Alex Swatridge, director and designer at Hat Trick Design commented: “Centre Point is an iconic landmark in the heart of the city and we wanted the building to retain its impact whilst wrapped. The pattern designed by Eley Kishimoto was adapted to create maximum impact whilst working with the modular system of the wrap. It is easily one of the most exciting projects we have been involved in.”
Gary Maynard of Icopal added: “Despite our wide range of products available, we recognise that sometimes the most efficient way to meet the brief is to provide the option of a unique design. We can create bespoke material for most projects and we’re always happy to hear from our suppliers and customers on how we can help them get the job done.”
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