Farrat Thermal Breaks chosen as thermal insulators for IKEA’s new ‘leading sustainability store’ in Greenwich

14th Jun 2018

IKEA Greenwich Facade - rendered image courtesy of IKEA
IKEA Greenwich Facade - rendered image courtesy of IKEA

Targeting a BREEAM Excellent accreditation, Ikea Greenwich will be the retailer’s first full-sized London store built in 13 years and will incorporate multiple green technologies in a drive for sustainability; photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and renewable materials will all be used in its construction.

Farrat were contacted during the design phase by the Steelwork Contractor to manufacture thermal breaks for use between several steel connections within the building envelope, such as steel columns and raking glulam struts, which provide vertical support and longitudinal stability to a large external canopy.

Farrat manufactured the Structural Thermal Breaks from an economical and extremely effective thermal break plate material that is BBA certificated and designed to meet Building Regulations, by way of reducing heat loss and the risk of condensation. The plates were precision cut to a tight tolerance from the contractor’s fabrication drawings and supplied direct to site.

For specification details, download from RIBA NBS here.