A new mixed-use development located in the highly desirable London Fields area of the capital is the latest project to benefit from the optimum thermal performance of the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System
For over a decade the plot on Mentmore Terrace had stood vacant and was used only for occasional unpermitted parking. USE Architects partnered local developer Albion Homes to create the new 5 storey building which uses a concrete frame innovative corian rainscreen cladding to reflect the industrial heritage of the local area.
At the top of the property is a luxury 3 bedroom penthouse, complete with a spacious roof terrace. To maintain the building’s clean aesthetic, USE Architects needed a slim-line insulation product which would allow them to achieve a compliant U-value for the terrace without exceeding the internal floor height. This led them to specify the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System.
By utilising vacuum technology, Kingspan OPTIM-R panels can achieve the required thermal performance at a fraction of the thickness of traditional insulation. 40mm thick panels were specified along with Kingspan OPTIM-R Flex Infill strips of the same thickness. These were cut to fit around penetrations as required. A further thickness of Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM
was then used as an overlay with a vapour control layer and the final paving fitted above.
Architect Jo Hagan commented: “The Bauhaus was certainly one of the inspirations for the final building design and we wanted to maintain a simple, modern aesthetic throughout. By specifying the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System we were able to meet the Building Regulation requirements without having to create an awkward level change between the interior and exterior spaces.”
As with all Kingspan OPTIM-R projects, Kingspan’s specialist technical team provided detailed layouts for the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System, ensuring the required performance was met with an absolute minimum build-up. In addition, all Kingspan OPTIM-R Systems hold LABC System Approval, helping to streamline the Building Control checking and approvals process.
Now completed, 3 Mentmore Terrace provides two B2 class business units on the ground floor, helping to support Hackney Council’s commitment to creating employment opportunities. The property also features a secure bike store, video intercom and lift to all levels with security code access to the penthouse.