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Student Accommodation, Chatham Street, Liverpool

Chatham Street Development. Courtesy of Stride Treglown Ltd

Chatham Street Development. Courtesy of Stride Treglown Ltd

3,000 Metres of Ancon brick support angle and over 800 Ancon Windposts have been supplied to the construction of new student accommodation at the University of Liverpool’s Chatham Street campus.

The project by Ocon Construction comprises an East and West block of six and nine storeys respectively and has been designed to be BREEAM Excellent.

The concrete frame with traditional brick cladding provides the buildings with thermal mass, which will moderate temperature fluctuations and minimise heating and cooling costs during occupancy.

Construction of the attractive façade, thought to be the largest brick package awarded in the UK in 2011, involved the support of masonry at every floor level by an Ancon stainless steel support system.

The support angles feature slots in some sections to allow lintels to be fixed to the underside at window openings, and are radiussed in other locations to support curved brickwork.

Ancon Windposts, manufactured in stainless steel angle sections and galvanised steel box sections, span vertically between floors to provide lateral support to the brick panels.

The Ancon system was designed and scheduled for manufacture to suit the site schedule. It was supplied by SIG Construction Accessories and installed by brickwork subcontractor PLF Brickwork.

The project Architect was Stride Treglown.

The scheme will open for the 2012 autumn term and provides a range of dwelling types including single bedrooms, studio flats and two-bed apartments, as well as high specification catering and conferencing facilities.

Added September 2012

Masonry Support

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


Ancon Windposts are designed to span vertically between floors to provide lateral support for panels of brickwork.

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