Projects / Wandsworth Business Village - The Filaments
A large residential and commercial development designed by Rolfe Judd Architects and developed by Mount Anvil. The 3rd stage of this development, known as Wandsworth Business Village, was procured by the developer at the bottom of the recession and whilst the project presented programming difficulties, Dane Architectural has delivered a high quality total façade which incorporates Schuco and several cladding materials.
Now Marketed as The Filaments, it is a development of architecturally outstanding buildings offering a total of 340 private apartments, across five bright buildings, This phase of the project was the Beacon (Block B), Spectra (Block C) and the Workspace commercial office space (Buildings 1&2). The development is set back from Wandsworth High Street and is entered from Buckhold Road and is situated adjacent to Wandsworth Town Centre shopping Mall. It incorporates a Workspace 10,000m² Business Centre (Class B1), 209 residential units (of which 53 are affordable) a 16 storey tower, retail/restaurant units and a crèche. The new public open spaces and new pedestrian link through to the town centre and adjoining King George’s Park assisted the scheme in winning widespread support from both the London Borough of Wandsworth and the GLA. ‘Wandworth Business Village’ was designed from the outset to be a low carbon project. The mixed use scheme utilises a site wide energy plant-room fired by gas and ground source heat pumps. The compact nature of the scheme required high levels of insulation, natural ventilation including the office areas all make for a highly efficient low energy solution. The scheme has achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.
The Rolfe Judd design has many different features incorporating recessed balcony area’s, ‘pop-out’ large feature windows, substantial areas of ‘Linnit’ Glazing to communal areas and large areas of Curtain wall, rainscreen cladding, glass balustrade, solar shading and opening windows and doors.
The project was technically very challenging due to the geometry of the buildings and the delicate nature of the frame where the design had to accommodate all aspects of building movements.
This Rolf Judd signature design called for a plethora of facade systems and materials of which the key elements are as follows:-
Schuco FW 60+ and FW50+ capped and structurally glazed curtain wall with specially designed elements to accommodate live load frame deflections.
High performance glass specifications to meet the stringent specification required for the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3
Full NHBC compliance throughout all façade elements of the design
SFS backing walls designed to accommodate the full load of external cladding materials
Schuco AWS 70, sliding doors, swing doors, and sliding folding doors all dual coloured and to comply with DDA requirements.
Free standing etched glass balcony/terrace privacy screens up to 3 metres in height.
Pre-Patternated Copper rainscreen cladding
White Ceramic Porcelanosa rainscreen systems
Pura Facades Fibre C GRC rainscreen systems
Solar shading and gantry walkways suspended from the curtain wall
Vertical solar shade ‘flags’ fixed to adapted Schuco curtain wall mullions on thermally broken brackets.
Automatic swing doors all on access control units
We have provided drawn detail on all the above elements but due to the number of buildings and details we have simply segregated the drawings into the relevant buildings.
Buildings 1 & 2 Workspace Commercial office Block B & C Tower and Affordable apartments.