The new Harbour Central development in London’s Canary Wharf promised to be “the epitome of opulence and sophistication” but it also features a small “first” for UK construction
A NEW COMMUNITY is under construction on the Isle of Dogs, designed by architects Rolfe Judd for Galliard Homes. Harbour Central will provide over 640 new homes, a leisure facility, a residential garden and a public square, as well as retail and commercial spaces.
The centrepiece building is the 41-storey Maine Tower, whose residents will be able to enjoy the facilities at the leisure complex, which will include a cinema, gym and spa, library and private club.
The plant room section of the leisure complex features aluminium-clad walls. Behind the cladding is the most advanced breather membrane available in the UK. Safe One provides the highest level of protection to the building envelope, rated Class A2-s1,d0 (non-combustible) for flame retardancy and with long-term UV resistance. No other product in the UK offers the same high specification, and the Harbour Central development is the first in the country to use this premium building membrane.
Safe One is suitable for both wall installations and is supplied by Industrial Textiles & Plastics (ITP), a North Yorkshire manufacturer with specialist expertise in flame retardant and chemical resistant technologies.
Recent changes to UK Building Regulations specify higher performance standards for materials, including cladding, used in the external walls of certain buildings over 18m in height. All materials, with some specified exceptions, must now be rated non-combustible, as per the EN 13501-1 standard.
Safe One is part of the FlameOut range of FR building materials produced by ITP, which include a Class B-s1,d0 breather membrane and two Class B-s1,d0 vapour control layers.