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East Ham Customer Service Centre & Library, London, UK

Ancon designed and manufactured the stainless steel support and restraint system for the brick façade on this attractive Town Centre development, voted Best Public Building in the 2014 Brick Awards.

This award-winning project, designed by Rick Mather Architects, is located in a conservation area, home to some of the finest examples of Edwardian Grade II* brick and terracotta buildings in Newham, making brick the natural cladding choice.

Brick features, including soffits, reveals and ribs, help give the building its unique character with each element being tied back to the main structural frame by special fixings from Ancon, designed to suit the specific load and cavity conditions at each location.

Ancon brick soffit support system
Ancon brick soffit support system

The Brick Award judging panel particularly admired the vertical ribbing, layered across windows in choice locations, saying it offered “an interesting aesthetic, contributing to the overall beauty of the project”.

Each vertical brick rib is supported by a special stainless steel T-section post, engineered by Ancon in collaboration with the project structural consultant engineersHRW.

Special T-section posts provide support to vertical brick ribs
Special T-section posts provide support to vertical brick ribs

Where visible from the inside, these posts were supplied with a stylish satin polished finish.

External and internal view of the brick ribs and support posts
External and internal view of the brick ribs and support posts

On receiving the Brick Award, Javier Rada-Domingo of Rick Mather Architects paid tribute to the whole project team, saying “this recognition of excellence in design and construction would not have been possible without the effort and dedication from all involved”.

The Ancon system was installed by specialist brickwork contractor, Pyramid Builders. Manufacture and supply of all these structural elements was project managed by Ancon to suit the construction schedule.

All structural steel fabrications from Ancon are designed to EN 1993 (Eurocode 3) and CE Marked to EN 1090 under the Construction Products Regulation.

Contact Ancon with details of your project. Our engineers will design the most practical and cost-effective fixing solution to meet your requirements, turning any design concept into reality.

This building, located at the heart of a community, is the first phase of an extensive regeneration of the listed Town Hall complex in East Ham, London, and brings together a range of frontline council services under one roof. The site was carefully considered as the catalyst for a host of new routes and interlinked public spaces across this civic campus.

Masonry Support

Brick, block or stone cladding on steel or concrete framed structures is normally supported by stainless steel masonry support systems.

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