The last piece of Faience – Marleybone Square

This is a big moment – the last piece of faience being installed at Marylebone Square. This was a massive faience project, cladding four facades of a building measuring 100 x 33 m and involving around 10,000 faience units. A really interesting aspect of the project was the use of post tensioned faience elements. Due to the amount of fixing brackets required for the Juliet balconies it was not possible to individually fix the window headers in these areas. It was necessary to post tension the individual faience elements together and lift them into place as a single unit. Two 16mm diameter stainless steel rods were threaded through the five individual faience elements to fix them together and the ends stressed and locked off on site using jacks. They were then filled with concrete and were able to be lifted into place as a single unit with just small restraint connections holding them back and to prevent any rotation ie they have no loadbearing fixings behind them. To our knowledge post tensioning of faience elements in this way has not been done before in the UK. to form the window headers.

A massive well done to the team for doing a fantastic job!

Please read more: Marleybone Square Project

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