InstaCoustic is currently working at Trafalgar Place, the first phase of a £1.5bn regeneration of 28 acres around London’s Elephant & Castle, being undertaken by Lend Lease in partnership with Southwark Council. Such is the project’s profile that Lend Lease’s Safety Director spent a morning with our on-site operations. He applauded our performance, principles and our overall approach to Health and Safety, which underpins our whole operational ethos.
The eight low level blocks in this major London Zone 1 redevelopment range from four to 10 stories and we are installing our cradle and batten raised acoustic flooring,together with the underfloor heating, in all 235 apartments. A minimum of 25% of the one, two and three bedroom flats will be affordable homes and the whole scheme will achieve a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, meaning properties will be 30% more energy efficient than current regulations require.
The Trafalgar Place scheme has been, and will continue to be, tested against best practice standards in sustainable design. The fact that our cradles are made from environmentally friendly recycled rubber crumb and have a 60 year guarantee were both important considerations for the design team. InstaCoustic’s supply and fix teams are installing our adjustable C40 flooring in all apartments with CK30 in the bathrooms and kitchens. The C40 generally has an 80mm build up, but on the ground floors it has been increased to 270mm to allow for additional thermal insulation.
Installation began in April under a tight programme that requires completion, with the underfloor heating commissioned, by mid September. Our ability to meet these demands, coupled with our innovative input to site requirements, was a key factor in Lend Lease awarding InstaCoustic the contract.