The £62 million contract to complete façade work for the Battersea Phase 3A project has been awarded to Permasteelisa, an Italian leading company in engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. The work involves the design, supply and installation of more than 27,000 sqm of complex façade and it is part of the bigger transformation of Battersea Power Station.
“We are proud to continue our long collaboration with Frank Gehry, demonstrating once again our ability to turn the ideas of the most visionary architects into reality by applying innovative technologies that also allow us to uphold the highest standards in environmental sustainability,” said CEO of the Permasteelisa Group, Riccardo Mollo.
The Battersea Phase 3A project aims to achieve the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, so the visible panels are equipped with low-E coated, extra-clear glass with high thermal and solar performance to maximise the light coming in, while preserving energy savings. The design has required the engineering and production of 2,900 units, with aluminium profile equipped with double-glazed or opaque infill, all different from each other and openable both with a folding or sliding panel, while the undulating shape of the façade required about 3,000 aluminium closed infill ‘boxes’, characterised by a unique and non-repetitive, customised shape.
Taking around 18 months to complete, the design and production of the façade involves around 70 professionals from the technical office in Italy, for a total of about 600 drawings and numerous 3D studies. The installation of the first panel is planned for the second quarter of 2019, and the installation is expected to take one and a half years.
Permasteelisa Group is a worldwide leading Contractor in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. Present in four continents, with a network of around 50 companies in 30 countries and 10 production plants, the Group generates a total turnover of around 1.5 billion euros a year.