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  • Client: Artisan Investments
  • Architect: MPSL
  • Main Contractor: Russell WBHO (formerly Russells Construction)
  • Location: New Islington, Manchester
  • Products: Rainscreen Cladding. All materials are Aluminium RAL7016 Anthracite.
  • Value: £300,000
  • Completed: March 2020

Curtis Moore are delighted to have completed the cladding installation at the Vulcan Mill development in Manchester on behalf of Russell WBHO.

The final phase of the development on the Ancoats / New Islington border, saw Russell WBHO complete the building of 101 residential apartments (68 two-bed apartments and 33 one-beds), all with renewable energy provisions included in the form of PV/Solar roof panels, and a basement car park with space for 82 cars. This final development – named ‘The Loom’ – sits next to the 19th century Vulcan Mill which was refurbished back in 2007 to house 120 apartments.

Once home to one of Manchester’s major metalwork factories – The Loom at Vulcan Mill was built from pre-cast concrete panels with a mixed facade finish of traditional brickwork and cladding panels. The team at Curtis Moore installed Aluminium Rainscreen Cladding to 84 balconies and 17 window zones. This required approximately 4,000 planks, 87 windows and pods to 144 windows. All materials used were in the popular RAL7016 Anthracite grey colour to compliment the striking red brickwork.

James Keery, Regional Operations Manager at Curtis Moore said of the project, “We are pleased to have once again partnered with Russell WBHO to help them transform the derelict site into a unique, stylish and sought-after place to live. We have a great relationship with the team at Russell’s and this helped us to overcome the challenging programme requirements and the site’s tight logistical considerations due to its city centre location. The end result is another example of a fantastic building that will help regenerate and revitalise this part of Manchester.”