A recent piece of construction news; McMullen Facades has successfully earned a £15m contract for the prefabricated facade of the recent 41-storey London development, Two Fifty One.

Originally designed by Allies & Morrison, Architect, and developed by Oakmayne Properties, the 41-story development serves as part of the greater regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area of London, with much attention afforded to progress as a result.

The development, for residential use, will see the company partnering with leading industry contractor, Laing O’Rourke will incorporate the development of an off-site modular solution which will be able to bring improvements in costing, quality levels and speed for the project. Works on the site by Laing O’Rourke have already been in progress ever since the final quarter of 2014, with cladding expected to start this year, April, which will then also open up the possibility for interior works to commence. It is hoped that works on the project will be entirely completed by the close of 2017.

The production of glazed modules for the project has reportedly already commenced at the company’s Moira factory, which, upon completion, will be moved to the Laing O’Rourke facility in Nottingham for the final stages – incorporation into the pre-cast concrete cladding panels for final use. From here, the panels are to be dispatched to the development for installation at the point of requirement.

More promising degrees of safety and efficiency are to be expected from the project, with the panels provided able to be integrated with the building bereft the requirement for external access equipment.

In addition to the modules already in production at present, McMullen is also to assist in sliding screens and door systems for the projects, in addition to a sloped unitised façade system for the highest ten floors; the system is also to include photovoltaic panels.