Maple are installing rainscreen cladding on three new accommodation blocks at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay Campus in Bristol.
Not only is this one of Maple’s largest projects, it’s also part of one of the UK’s most significant Passivhaus developments. Here, Maple Managing Director Sean McGrath answers questions about the flagship project, and predicts that rainscreen cladding will continue to be an important market for the company.
What’s the key to success on the project?
Sean: As with all of Maple’s major works projects, it’s close collaboration. At UWE Bristol, collaboration between Maple, the main contractor (VINCI), our supply chain and the other sub-contractors has been extremely important.
How important is the project for Maple?
Sean: All our projects are important. But the size and complexity of this rainscreen cladding project – not to mention the need to meet Passivhaus standards – makes it a flagship project for Maple (and for the client).
What are Maple installing?
Sean: We’re installing a range of rainscreen cladding products including Tectiva (a lightly sanded textured surface) and Linea (a 3D ridged material) fibre cement panels. We’re also using Maple’s bespoke aluminium cassette system.
What is a Passivhaus development, and how have Maple met the requirements?
Sean: Passivhaus is the accepted modern standard for energy efficiency in a building, which in turn reduces the building’s carbon footprint. Passivhaus developments are so energy-efficient they require next to no heating or cooling. We’ve adapted our rainscreen system for UWE Bristol and tested it at the VINCI Technology Centre to make sure it helps the main contractor and client meet their targets.
How much experience does Maple have in delivering rainscreen cladding projects?
Sean: We’re currently working on a number of large schemes that involve supplying and installing bespoke rainscreen systems, as well as some that integrate with other products. We see the rainscreen market as a huge growth area for the business.