Sample Contracts - Swiss Re

“A £300 million development at the cutting edge of architectural design requiring a unique approach from the Lightweight Drywall team.”

Client: Swiss Re Insurance
Contractor: Skanska-Private
Scope: Shell & Core works including Drywall. Ceilings, Fire Protection, Lightweight Structural Framing, Screeding and Full Design Responsibility
Value: £4.7 million
Duration: 52 weeks
Architect: Sir Norman Foster & Partners

This impressive and instantly recognisable landmark development in the heart of the City of London presented a significant challenge for main contractor Skanska, with complex design and a tight programme being the main drivers.

Lightweight Drywall faced additional challenges due to the way in which many of the cores featured risers and lift shafts in clusters, requiring careful planning for access and sequencing. Drywall partitions were built between the fire protected beams and columns, often in complex configurations, building around bolted and welded connections and in certain cases forming pressurised shafts. It was more crucial than ever to adopt a “right-first-time” approach as access to carry out re-working would be extremely difficult and in many cases impossible.

Above all Lightweight Drywall played a major role in coordination of design and logistics, particularly the access package involving unique methods of scaffolding to accommodate the unusual shape of the building.

Lightweight Drywall had to design allowance for movement and expansion throughout the building, including horizontal movement joints at every level which had to be both functional and aesthetically correct in line with the architects’ concept.

Lightweight Drywall assisted Sir Norman Foster & Partners in developing detailed design and participated in regular design workshops to coordinate activities with others, essential in a project of this size and complexity.

The Drywall package received a Certificate of Merit from the Federation of Plastering & Drylining Contractors and acknowledgement from Foster & Partners in the part we played in the project winning the award.

‘Our expert design input and
flexible approach were central
to the smooth progress
which characterised the project.’

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