Weatherproofing and building penetrations at Fulham FC’s updated stadium

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Fulham FC’s football ground, also known as Craven Cottage, has recently been transformed with the construction of its new riverside stand. And the team at Jones and Woolman UK have made sure to fully weatherproof every building penetration as well as the roof and on this £80m structure.

Stadium weatherproofing and building penetrations

The impressive development, which backs up to the River Thames, is built on marine piling, extending buildable space into the river and allowing the riverside path to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. The stand features two tiers of seating, increasing the stadium’s capacity by 8,650 people. Once completed, it will also serve the broader community with restaurants, events spaces, a boutique hotel and a health club with rooftop pool.

With so much going on inside the Riverside Stand, it’s no surprise that hundreds of building penetrations were required, from water and soil pipes to electrical supplies, HVAC vents and data and communications cables and cable trays. To help make the stand more sustainable, a significant portion of the roof is also covered in solar panels, meaning even more roof penetrations were needed to feed the electricity into the building.

Tom West, project manager at Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd says that Jones and Woolman UK were called in to make sure that the roof was weatherproofed and that all of the vertical penetrations were fully sealed against weather ingress.
“Jones and Woolman UK was recommended by one of my colleagues who worked with them on a previous sports stadium weatherproofing project,” he explains. “He said he was really happy to work with them, and that’s how J&W got involved in the project,” he adds.

Weathering the challenges

Tom explains that this was an extremely complex project, with challenges ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to industry-wide shortages of labour and materials.

With much of the construction work being carried out from barges on the Thames, he had to organise barges and plan for the tides. Plus, the football stadium was still in regular operation throughout the building programme. Work had to be paused on match days for safety reasons and inspections had to be carried out to ensure that players, team management, the press and ball boys could access the unfinished stand safely.

Tom says that all of these challenges meant that scheduling the weatherproofing work was sometimes difficult. “We had to be reactive to how the project was going, and that sometimes-meant minimal lead times for getting the J&W team out” he explains. It was sometimes tricky, but he liaised with Steve Smith, technical manager at Jones and Woolman UK, on a regular basis and “work was always completed within our time restraints”.

Weatherproofing and building penetration goals

To weatherproof the roof and building penetrations, Jones and Woolman UK had to use a variety of skills and techniques. Through our design and build service, fibreglass service risers, upstands and details were custom-made to fit around the penetrations, and everything was sealed with our GRP cold-applied liquid.

“The result looks great; they’ve done a really professional job,” Tom says, noting that the team dealt with the access issues and other challenges really well. “They’ve had a lot of patience, the guys on site were great to work with, the workmanship is good; I can’t fault them for anything,” he adds.

If you’d like to learn more about our range of weatherproofing and building penetration services or discuss your weatherproofing requirements with a member of our team, please get in touch. You can phone us on 01922 712111 or contact us using the form on this page.

Weathering of vertical cladding and service-risers for data centres

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Weather of Vertical Cladding
Service Risers for data centres
Weathering of vertical cladding and service risers

Jones and Woolman UK has worked on a number of new-build data centre projects in the Slough area. Providing steel extensions, service entries through vertical cladding, and service-risers, we’ve worked closely with the likes of Kaicer and Laing O’Rourke to support Equinix, the company connecting leading businesses within the world’s most connected data centres around the world. Works follow on from a longstanding relationship with the likes of Kaicer through past projects under the Lakesmere name, primarily across projects in the energy and power sector.

Jones and Woolman UK’s selection is thanks to a track record of tackling challenging projects and working closely with Kaicer’s office, architects, and technical experts on projects such as these. Our longstanding expertise in performing under extreme conditions, such as in temperature-sensitive environments and where our prefabricated approach can make all the difference, makes the choice to use Jones and Woolman UK in technically demanding projects a simple one.

Avoiding delays with a forward-thinking planned approach

Delays caused during development projects are amongst the biggest contributors to spiralling labour costs and missing project deadlines. While technical expertise can help with handling abrupt project complications, the Jones and Woolman UK approach is always to pre-emptively overcome potential challenges and ensure the smooth completion of works. This becomes even more important in the case of works performed in tightly-knitted and compact environments, where it’s entirely possible for complications and delays to quickly escalate to a point of an absolute standstill on works.

In the particular case of data centres, it is commonplace for projects to face the complications of limited access to areas of work, such as challenging access to service entries. With a vast amount of work requiring access under walkways, behind pipework, and other areas of restricted access, the need to pre-plan and mitigate access challenges is paramount. Across all of the data centre projects, Jones and Woolman UK accomplishes this via early involvement in main client and contractor discussions, the sharing of technical advice, and ultimately more of a project partnership approach to services.

Neil Boylan, contracts director at Jones and Woolman UK explained: “At design, we’ll advise on how we’d like the cables, or service penetrations to come through the cladding. We’ll also advise on access and at what stage we need to be implementing our system for it to proceed before other services go in. We need to be in at that early stage, watching progress, and advising on when our products can be applied to avoid difficulties.”

Other challenges for the projects included the need to maintain a controlled atmosphere within the building due to the utilisation of computers and technology in the data centres. This required Jones and Woolman UK to ensure that the data centres could be kept at core temperatures to ensure the end-product would support the operations of the centre going forward.

For further information on Jones and Woolman UK’s services and how we can help with technically demanding projects, please get in touch with a member of our customer service team today.