Stapleton House, a £39m nine storey student accommodation development for the Unite Group in Islington, was completed in August 2016. The building provides 862 bedrooms plus student communal area, including external courtyard and terrace, with further commercial units and local community space at ground floor. The building has enhanced an already extremely desirable location in London.
Senior project architect Matt Gibbs of ARCHITECTURE PLB explains how Taylor Maxwell became the supplier for the facing brick, rainscreen cladding and reconstituted cast stone used on the project. “We have used Taylor Maxwell before and approached them specifically for their brick service. We had a strong idea of what the brick type should be and had developed earlier CGIs which had been presented to the planners when we submitted the planning application, so we needed to find a solution that matched and TM provided us with a variety of samples for us to choose from.
TM provided a fast and comprehensive service in sourcing suitable brick types, including a range of alternatives, which after some further negotiations, were agreed with the planners.”
Matthew explained that Taylor Maxwell have always provided a good service to the practice and are very good communicators; “we could always speak to Paul Mears or Alan Gordon who looked after us very well, responding quickly and efficiently. I wouldn’t hesitate in using Taylor Maxwell again”.
Glenn Shreeves, Envelope and Facade project manager for Balfour Beatty, agrees; he too was very impressed when working with Taylor Maxwell because he had one consistent point of contact throughout the project. “Nothing was too much trouble for my contact Alan Gordon, he was very proactive and made sure we were kept informed about what was happening, not only with the materials TM were supplying, but also the other suppliers”.
Matt Gibbs described the finished scheme as a ‘jewel’, especially compared to the surrounding area. “It really stands out as something quite impressive. I’m personally very proud of the end result, and the practice is too.”