Realising an aesthetic vision whilst championing constructibility, technical performance, sustainability, and value.
The facade of a building is the first thing you see when you approach a building, making up the external skin of every building in the world. From the traditional facing brick, punch windows and doors to highly technical buildings with high-performance glass, offsite construction methods and double skin systems, the purpose of the facade is always the same – to keep the undesirable elements of the outside out whilst controlling the internal environment to let in/keep the desirable elements.
The complexity of the task to be accomplished by the external fabric of the building is immense; dealing with structural & thermal performance, weathering, airtightness and impact to name but a few. Couple that with the hundreds of governing regulations, standards, best practice documents and guidance materials it is a formidable task to design and engineer, even for the most straightforward of facade types.
In order to support all of the critical parts of the design process, our facade consultants can support our clients right from the start of the project, coordinating with the team’s key members to assist in developing a viable envelope design intent and specification.
Supporting at the initial concept stages alongside the Architect and other key Specialist Consultants, BB7 provide early stage reviews and advice on the project prior to planning submission. By engaging early in projects we can effectively support the design team to bring together the initial requirements for the performance of the envelope, highlighting the key risks and opportunities, materiality options and help assess elements key to a schemes financial viability – such as wall thicknesses and their effects on GIA/NIA
The design development stage is one of the most critical and intensive parts of the design of any project, with lasting implications on the final outcome of the building.
BB7’s role is key in supporting the Design Team during progression of this project stage, building on the initial concept to pull together all the visual, structural, thermal & acoustic elements. All of this work transforms the planning application into a viable engineered design proposal, culminating in a Technical Performance Specification for the vertical envelope.
Appointing a Contractor to undertake the works and build the project brings the architectural intent into the real world. This however brings with it its own series of challenges, such as monitoring the complex interfaces, material performances, tolerances, etc.
With experience from the manufacturing, contracting, and consulting sectors of the industry, BB7 can support the follow on design and engineering process, reviewing against the Employer’s Requirements (ERs) and the numerous standards and best practice guidance to keep the design on track.
Working with the site team to bring the design stage submissions through to final construction, BB7 provides site-based inspection and monitoring services during the construction phase.
Complimenting the main contractor’s own Quality Assurance processes we work to provide a monitoring record for observed issues and snags, allowing these to be tracked and resolved through the installation phase in a collaborative manner.
The culmination of the project and all of the design and site-based input from the entire team, the end of the project still requires careful consideration before and after handover. In a final review at the end of the project, BB7 provides a thorough review of the finished facade, identifying defects and snags prior to Project Completion (PC).This can include return visits at the end of the defects period (typically 12 months post completion) to fully support the client and help build confidence in a successful and well-considered build.
Post Failure Investigations
Supplier Audits and Factory Inspections
Independent Test Witnessing
End of Stage Design Audits
Tender Submission Reviews