Smugglers Way has been designed with sustainability at its core. The 1.41-hectare scheme will see a mix of 554 build-to-rent and affordable apartments spread across 13 towers, making it one of the area’s largest developments.
Quality insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing CO2 emissions and reducing residents’ energy bills. URSAPAN BLACK was vital to achieving this.
Navigating the city streets
A project of this scale in a busy city presents logistical challenges. The limited space makes it difficult for lorries to manoeuvre when supplying materials to the site.
Project manager at the design and build construction company, McAleer & Rushe, Gerald Laverty, said: “URASPAN slabs are larger than others on the market – meaning you need less of them – and they are compressed during manufacture which allows more to be transported on a truck. This meant fewer deliveries to site which minimised disruption locally and helped us reduce our CO2 emissions.”
Holly Lawless, commercial manager at building materials supplier, Walls & Ceilings International, added: “URSA engaged with us early in the project development and confirmed availability of the product for the whole three-year period of the build. Many in the industry are struggling with supply chain issues but due to the sheer scale of the project and limited on-site storage, reliability of supply has been – and continues to be – vital in order to stay on track with the project’s tight construction timeframes.”
Making it easy
In addition, the development had tight time frames to stick to. The robust nature of URSAPAN BLACK made it simple to handle and install, helping increase worker productivity levels.
Steve Martin, contracts manager at brickwork contractor Callan Construction, said: “We found the product very easy to use. It’s compressible so easy to store and rigid so it doesn’t flop about when you are building with it. Time-saving qualities like this are vital in a project of this scale.”
Building for a greener future
Sustainability was at the forefront of this build.
URSAPAN BLACK supported the project’s sustainability ambitions because it’s manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Systems and BS EN 14001 Environmental Management Systems.
Gerald concluded: “URSAPAN BLACK was a perfect fit for a number of reasons. It helped us meet our sustainability ambitions while also benefitting end users by providing a comfortable indoor climate and reduced energy bills.”