Encasement covers extension support steelwork for University College London
Aluminium Forma column casings have been supplied and installed by Encasement to conceal supporting steelwork for a new two-storey rooftop extension, which creates 64 new student accommodation bays at University College London’s John Dodgson House.
The existing sandstone faced building was originally built in the 1950s and the new contemporary update involves the construction of a 5th and 6th floor modular building, with plant rooms located above together with a ‘green roof’.
The new addition is the first rooftop extension of its type and is supported on a structural steel grillage together with steel columns, which rise from basement piled pad foundations to the full height of the existing structure.
As the structural support columns are almost 18 metres high, Encasement’s column casings are designed to fully conceal the supports and provide an aesthetic finish to the projects. Sixteen of the 18 column casings installed have a diameter of 450mm and range in height from 16.60 metres to 17.40 metres, while a further two are 350mm in diameter and stand 3.00metres high. All of the Forma aluminium column casings are coated with a RAL 7047 PPC finish.