Leeds PFI, Little London Beeston Hill & Holdbeck, Meynell Heights

17 Storey Insitu Concrete Frame Wimpey No-fines High Rise Block

Project Background

The refurbishment of the Meynell Heights building form part of an overall large scale housing regeneration scheme within the Little London, Beeston Hill & Holbeck areas.  This PFI funded project is being undertaken by Keepmoat / Sustainable Communities for Leeds (sc4L) in partnership with Leeds City Council.

Project Challenges

The existing structure had existing cavity wall areas that were deemed to be structurally unstable.  It was not deemed practical to re-build these walls as the building was in occupation.  In order to stabilise these defective wall panels, Insuletics designed and detailed structural steelwork to provide support to these wall panels.  At the ground and first floor, a new external skin of brick-work was built and there was a need for an architectural powder coated aluminium flashing detail to be installed which also provided a duct for electrical cabling.  Insuletics therefore developed a detail to allow easy access to the cables, if required.

In order to assist with the colour selections for the scheme, Insuletics produced a series of sample boards which were then presented to the client and the Local Authority Planning Department for approval.

The System & Results

The Insul-Sil M system is designed to be dry fixed rather than using adhesive which enabled work to proceed through the winter period.

The system fixings are pinned through the glass fibre reinforcing mesh which provides full anchorage of the system to the wall and prevents any risk of render detachment.