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Chris Newton Joins the GBA team

We’re delighted that Chris has decided to join our team-his knowledge and experience are sure to be immeasurably beneficial to staff and clients alike!

Employee Profile

Designation: Project Manager
Experience: 21 Years
Qualifications: BSc Hons (2002) Construction Project Management
MCIOB (2004) Member Chartered Institute of Building
+ other less formal

Background: Chris has built his career to date with a strong foundation at Main Contractor Balfour Beatty, quickly learning the construction process. He subsequently nurtured his skills as a Project Manager with McBains Cooper and worked on some significant high-value residential schemes in London. More recently Chris has managed a team of restoration specialists on some of the most iconic Grade 1 & 2 listed buildings in the North West of England including Piece Hall, Halifax and Manchester Town Hall.

Skills: Chris has the ability to liaise between the client and the production team to ensure GRC is manufactured to high-quality standards. Commercially Chris recognises the importance of maintaining accurate financial accounts and promptly advising on variation solutions. His programming skills and design knowledge add value to the pre-construction process and ensure the manufacturing stage is as efficient as possible. Chris brings a keen eye for detail and skills to motivate others.

Interests: Largely family orientated, taking in the local West Yorkshire landscape with trail runs and following the beloved Sunderland Football Club – Ha’way the lads!

Chris Newton GBA

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Oldham Road

The “Oldham Road project element” is now completed. Everyone involved is delighted with the outcome. Numerous plaudits have already been forthcoming as this Tim Groom architects “Manhattan” influenced building design enhances the Manchester skyline! A selection of images demonstrating the bespoke GRC elements incorporated within this beautiful building can be seen herewith.

Please keep posted for the Oldham Road project case study details in due course allied to further news regarding the BENDIX St GRC elements.

We were delighted to work with RJ Edwards & Co Engineers Ltd (our preferred contractor on any steel products) on this project.

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by kind permission of R J Edwards & Co Engineering Limited

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New Project Award: Riu Hotel, Vauxhall, London

This project award comprises some 1300m2 of GBAs Portland MSB, Honed finish, Grade 18 GRC Cladding GBA are employed by Colorminium.

Colorminium’s brief is to carry out the detailed design of the full envelope wrap, with responsibility for all façade elements. Working closely with the design team, particularly structural engineers, they will complete the design, running straight into procurement, fabrication and installation. The future hotel will keep the structure and the best aspects of the existing building whilst transforming the external and internal appearance.

Colorminium’s Approach specifically entails the removal of the existing façade and opening up of the structure, this being the key interface for the whole package. Once the demolition is complete, surveys will be taken to inform the construction issue structural drawings which then releases the design to proceed rapidly, with the aluminium curtain walling being the primary façade scope. In solid areas, lightweight steel framing will be used as slab infills and to give a backing to the GRC and aluminium rainscreen. To terrace areas architectural metalwork including balustrades will be installed to complete the package.

Scheduled for completion next year, this spectacular hotel will boast some of the best connectivity in the country as well as giving its customers spectacular views from open-air terraces.

Detailed design works are now well underway… see typical GRC key plan details attached. Product deliveries are scheduled to begin towards the end of this year through to the Springtime of 2022.

Riu Hotel Vauxhall Riu Hotel Vauxhall Riu Hotel Vauxhall drawings

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New Project Award: St James, White City, London Phase 3

We recently agreed order terms with Stanmore Ltd to design and supply some 6000m2+ of Grade 18 GRC Cladding units. The project consists of a 35 storey tower and two 19 storey towers. Two of the buildings are set within a lagoon water feature which cascades towards the lower landscaped gardens surrounding the site. The project is due for completion in 2022.

The eye-catching & highly bespoke GRC units in a variety of tonal shades and finishes are set for delivery between July 2021- February 2022.

Please keep an eye on our website for further updates and project installation information.

White City

White City White City White City

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New Project Award: Crawley Town Hall

Having first developed the basic design and aesthetic principles for this project with Cartwright Pickard Architects back in 2018, GBA are pleased to confirm a 600k order award for the Grade 18 GRC design and supply works by A20 Facades. The Crawley Town Hall project award encompasses some 2000m2 of GBAs “City White Grade 18 GRC Cladding”.

The new nine-storey Crawley Town Hall, which will front onto The Boulevard and a new landscaped public square, will provide over 4,000sqm customer service and civic office space, including a new Civic Chamber for Crawley Borough Council, with five floors of flexible commercial office space above.

A mixed-use building will sit to the west and north sides of the public square with commercial space to the ground floor in addition to the new housing. Our scheme will create a distinctive, modern and flexible civic office building for the local community, achieve significant savings on the council’s current running costs and improve service delivery. The new facilities being built as part of the masterplan, will transform the town centre and enable the council to benefit from the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants.

Project designs have already been completed and installation of the first units is imminent.

Crawley Town Hall

Crawley Town Hall

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New Project Award: Fulham Depot Project award

The project award comprises the design management and supply of Grade 18 GRC Cladding and complimenting architectural Wetcast dressings to “Fulham Depot”, Erith.
These works sit within the Berkeley Fulham Reach/Gasworks project residential plan, Fulham, Erith.

Value: £600k.

Client: Henley Stone Ltd.

Fulham Depot

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