Siderise, leaders in the development of fire, thermal and acoustics insulation solutions, has provided fire stops as part of the curtain walling system for the largest residential tower in the UK and what is destined to be one of Canary Wharf’s most iconic and distinctive buildings.
At the western end of Middle Dock and close to the River Thames, the 60-storey Newfoundland Tower has been designed by architects Horden Cherry Lee for Canary Wharf PLC and will provide 636 private rented apartments. Central to the diamond-shape design is an innovative and transparent diagrid façade formed by diagonal steel members which are both aesthetic and provide the main stability for the tower.
Siderise recommended the use of its CW-FS 120 firestop to seal the gap between concrete columns and the inside of the façade. By addressing these gaps, the fire stops maintain the floors’ fire compartmentation of the building.
Manufactured to a special patented process, Siderise CW-FS system features a pre-compressed and non-combustible stone wool lamella core and integral foil facings. With an overall Class A1 rating and excellent resistance to smoke, the system can offer fully tested and third-party approved options for fire ratings up to three hours.
Involved in projects throughout the world and having manufactured acoustic and fire insulation products for more than 40 years, Siderise offers a large range of tried and tested product enhancements specifically developed for the façade industry.
With its distinctive and slim diamond shape, the new Newfoundland Tower will stand apart from many of the stainless steel-clad commercial buildings that cluster around the Canary Wharf estate. Siderise has once again played its part in delivering proven solutions which met the client’s passive fire protection requirements and ensure this building is fire safe.