Maple Quay – RIBA Award Winning Project 2014

M Price showed the full potential of its off-site manufacturing capabilities on the Canada Water project, saving time and money on a landmark scheme.

Every construction firm wants the chance to work on a landmark project, a building that imprints on memories and impacts on the skyline. And if that skyline happens to represent the vista of a capital city, so much the better.

For M Price, working as the facade contractor on the 24-storey residential block in Canada Water in South-east London, is one such project. Designed by Glenn Howells, it will act as the gateway to the Canada Water site.

As well as one central 24-floor tower, four other low-rise buildings in the form of townhouses and apartments with floor-to-ceiling glazing and brick facades will also be developed to create 688 new homes.

The building’s cladding will be made up of shifting planes of glazing with vertical columns running over them up the height of the tower. At the top is a two-storey facade overrunning the roof on the three broader sides of the tower and enclosing a garden pushing the height up to approximately 80m.

All of the cladding panels will be fabricated and glazed off-site, and delivered and installed from cranes.

This eliminates the need for external scaffolding saving time and money for the client.

It is a little surprise that working on such a high-profile scheme has been a career highlight for Colin Chapman and he is particularly proud of the off-site manufacturing:: “This is the sort of project that, in the past, would normally be reserved for bigger, European contractors. This building’s facade will be manufactured off-site and all the panels craned up onto it. It’s fairly unusual for a UK contractor to be doing it this way. You need good design, factory space and a strong cash reserver to fund materials in advance. But it sets us apart from our competitors.”