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FLAMEOUT® flame retardant & limited combustible membranes

ITP expands presence in Leeds at another major renewal project

ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting has been chosen to provide containment and protection throughout a landmark redevelopment in Leeds which will transform two of the city’s historic buildings into 17,490 sqm of student living space. The £62m project is currently underway on Rossington Street, which will see the refurbishment of both Leonardo Printworks and Thoresby House alongside the construction of a new block.

Acquired by McLaren Properties, the Grade II listed Victorian buildings will provide contemporary accommodation with 476 rooms in a mix of studio and cluster apartments. The additional 11-storey property will be built on the existing car park and the site will boast a wide range of amenities, from student hub facilities to outdoor communal space.

Robertson Construction has been appointed as contractor for the Cartwright Pickard-designed scheme, which is set for completion by August 2023 for use in the following academic year. The new accommodation is located in the city’s Civic Quarter, ten minutes’ walk from the University of Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Beckett.

ITP’s Powerclad Premium Flame retardant (FR) printed sheeting and Powerclad Standard Flame retardant (FR) unprinted sheeting were supplied to Crossway Scaffolding to provide an improved working environment with significant environmental and safety benefits. Powerclad’s usage minimises weather-induced delays to projects, enhances site safety by preventing the fall of debris and improves the working area by reducing wind-chill factor and aiding heat retention. Powerclad FR sheeting is independently tested to achieve fire retardancy certification to all relevant standards including BS 7955, TS 62, TS 63 and Euroclass B-s1,d0 to EN 13501-1.

Both Thoresby House and Leonardo Building date back to as early as 1900 and have provided for a variety of uses of the years from school use to office space. The redevelopment of these listed buildings will see the repurposing of existing elements and the re-use of the modern building structure to substantially reduce the embodied carbon of the construction. Additionally, operational carbon emissions are minimised via connection to the city council’s low carbon district heating system, as well as through thermally efficient fabric and the use of rooftop photovoltaic panels.

Joanna Fearnehough, Commercial Assistant at Crossway Scaffolding, said:

Crossway Scaffolding are proud to have been appointed the contract by Robertson late in 2021, to provide scaffolding to Leonardo Building, Leonardo Printworks and Thoresby Building as well as the new build. As sub-contractors, we were responsible for providing external fire retardant Powerclad 2.2M in 40M rolls. We contacted ITP to supply this as we usually do, and with next-day delivery our requirements were met immediately.  Crossway chose to use 2.2M sheeting to reduce gaps in the Powerclad, reducing weather impacts and increasing site-safety. ITP gave us draft images of what the printed sheeting would look like to give to the client and provided an excellent service throughout. We look forward to working with them on future projects.”

ITP Account Manager, Dave Gilmore, said:

“ITP are very proud to be part of another high-profile development in Leeds, which will see a thoughtful reuse of two existing listed council buildings into well-designed student accommodation. We are delighted to continue working in support of Crossway Scaffolding and we’re looking forward to seeing the completion of the buildings.”

Powerclad Premium FR and Standard FR scaffold sheeting are part of an extensive range of weather protection and containment solutions offered by ITP. The company is a market leader in Europe for scaffold sheeting, quality assured and certified to ISO 9001.

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Student accommodation




Powerclad Premium FR & Standard FR

scaffold sheeting


Robertson Construction


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Cartwright Pickard


Crossway Scaffolding

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