Towering above Swindon’s Cavendish Square mixed use precinct, George Hall Court, an 8-storey residential building, was looking a little worse for wear. The existing insulation cladding was showing signs of failure and the thermal efficiency of the building lagged behind modern day efficiency regulations.
Built of traditional cavity wall construction, external wall insulation had been fitted to the building back in the 90’s but as part of Swindon Borough Council’s commitment to improve the thermal efficiency of its housing stock, the residential block was one of a number of properties earmarked for improvement.
The work was not for the faint-hearted however. It required a team of specialists with proven experience of working at height and would also be the first time that a previously clad building of this scale had been retrofitted with external wall insulation.
Following a competitive tendering process managed on behalf of the Council by Swindon Commercial Services, Mark Group was contracted to install a specialist external wall insulation (EWI) system at George Hall Court. A solution which would not only regenerate the appearance of the building, but improve its thermal efficiency and comfort for its residents.
A full assessment of the building was carried out, product specifications defined and a four month work plan agreed with the Client. Mark Group installed Alumasc’s 30mm thick EPS insulation system, based on its high thermal performance and ease of application – allowing its team to work quickly and efficiently, causing minimal disruption to residents.
Work began in earnest in February 2011 with both the Council and residents kept fully informed of planned activity throughout. By summer 2011 the project was complete and the transformation of George Hall Court concluded the Cavendish Square Regeneration programme.
“We are really pleased with the external improvements to George Hall Court which are the
final phase of Council works to the wider Cavendish Square Regeneration project. The visual impact of
the works are very impressive and help lift the feel and appearance of both the Square and wider
“Feedback from tenants, residents and Councillors has been very positive and they are pleased to see