Building Envelope Case Study: West Huskisson Docks
Situated near the mouth of the celebrated and evocative River Mersey, Liverpool’s historic Huskisson Dock dates back to 1852. Originally dealing with timber, it gradually developed as a grain trading centre and also provided berthing facilities for passenger ships on North American routes.
After being destroyed During World War Two, Huskisson Dock underwent extensive rebuilding after the war. In 1960 a quarter of a mile long grain store was constructed, running along almost the entire length of the dock.
However, over the years, the building had fallen into a state of disrepair. Owners Peel Ports decided to give it a new lease of life with complete refurbishment of the external building envelope.
Refurbishment specialists Lester Fabrication and Cladding were appointed to carry out the work, who recommended metal roof and wall cladding profiles by Panels and Profiles, in Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®.
Made in the UK to ISO 14001, for a lower carbon foot print, Colorcoat HPS200Ultra® is the most durable pre-finished steel on the market. It incorporates advanced coating technology, providing superior corrosion resistance, especially in challenging environments, with twice the colour and gloss retention of standard
Project managers at Peel Ports agreed with the assessment and recommendations of Steve Lester and his colleagues and ordered a total of 24,000m2 of metal cladding profile in Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®, consisting of the 0.9mm thick R32 profile on the roof and the 0.7mm thick C32 profile on the
Colour choice was Merlin Grey for roof and walls. A contrasting Black finish was chosen for associated trims and flashings and above service doors. Steve Lester and his team began to prepare the building for its new envelope by removing the existing profiled aluminium roof sheeting and cleaning the old purlins before they could accommodate the R32 profile.
“We then broke down the concrete between support columns on the lower half of the walls. This enabled us to incorporate rooflights to improve internal daylighting levels.”
“We fixed miles and miles of new cladding rails to the structure to accept the new walls in the C32 profile.”
Reflecting on the completed project, Steve Lester observed: “The roof and wall profiles look superb. The building is unrecognisable compared to what it looked like before refurbishment.”