Project : Wembley North West Lands
Main Contractors : Quintain / John Sisk & Sons
Sector : Housing
Scope of Works : Windows, Doors, Rainscreen Cladding and Curtain Walling
In its largest ever commercial project, Everglade Windows manufactured and installed £5,000,000 worth of windows, doors, curtain walling and rainscreen cladding to transform a London neighbourhood into the prestigious Wembley North West Lands development.
Manufacturing at its new factory and using BIM to design complex items, Everglade was a consistent Top 3 supplier (out of 40 sub-contractors) over 14 months as it oversaw tricky installation requirements.
Wembley North West Lands transforms a largely derelict, 5.7-hectare brownfield site into a fully integrated neighbourhood with 1,300 new homes alongside retail, office and leisure facilities. The developer, Quintain, hired John Sisk and Son as head project contractor. For this stage of the contract, worth £90 million, Sisk required glazing and cladding for 472 apartments in 7 blocks arranged around a courtyard.
Sisk preferred to use a single aluminium fabricator/installer, for greater stability in design, especially when integrating windows and cladding. Sisk chose Everglade for its values, capability and technical expertise: Everglade provided a fully comprehensive commercial offering, including design and development, fabrication, project management and installation.
“Before appointing Everglade, I visited them in Perivale. I was impressed at how organised the business is, especially its expansion into a second factory. That shows how forward-thinking they are and reassured me they would deliver the volume of material required. I also sensed Everglade would work with us to resolve any problems,” said Aidan King, Contracts Manager at John Sisk and Son.
Jay Patel, Sales Director at Everglade, adds: “We have 36 years of experience in commercial glazing projects, and we’re actively targeting projects of scale to reinforce our position as the leader for aluminium glazing in the South-East of England.
“To support this ambition, in 2015 we invested in a second factory at our Perivale base. This was an intentional over-investment in capacity, well before the original factory would be full, to help us secure large commercial projects such as Wembley North West Lands. We’re committed to growing our commercial operation and knew a second factory meant greater control of manufacturing and delivering large orders.”
From February 2015 to March 2016, Everglade fabricated and installed over 1,700 windows and doors, 4,000 square metres of rainscreen cladding and curtain walling on the project.
All products were designed using Building Information Modelling (BIM) – a first for Everglade – ensuring a high level of technical detail, crucial for creating the interfaces between the glazing and cladding. Complex design requirements included angular buildings that sloped upwards and sideways into distinctive funnel shapes, requiring robust testing and precise manufacturing.
Sisk kept a monthly list of how 40 on-site sub-contractors performed. Everglade was frequently listed as the #1 performer and remained consistently in the Top 3 throughout the entire 14-month project. Everglade also won Best Site Supervisor.
Good planning and the increased capacity from the new factory meant that Everglade stayed ahead of deadlines and was able to fabricate ahead of schedule and hold manufactured items before delivery.
“They’ve exceeded expectations, with design, quality and installation all superb. We’ve been so impressed that we’re talking to them about the project’s next phase,” said Aidan King.
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