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McMullen wins £16m Elephant & Castle envelope package

9 Aug 16 McMullen Facades, part of the Lakesmere Group, has won a £16m high-rise cladding contract in the Elephant & Castle area of London.

The Highwood will be the tallest building in the West Grove development
The Highwood will be the tallest building in the West Grove development

Main contractors Lendlease has selected McMullen Facades to deliver the full vertical envelope for The Highwood, a new 31-storey block of flats that forms part of the West Grove scheme in Elephant Park.

The new high-rise has been designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects. The McMullen team will design and install the fully unitised glazed façade, which features recessed balcony sliding doors and a unitized glazed balustrade system along with panoramic curtain walling and sliding doors to the penthouses.

McMullen’s scope of works also includes the louvre panels, soffit cladding and the bespoke aluminium feature cladding which has been designed by the architects to echo the pattern of the Fibonacci sequence.

McMullen is expected to start on site in early January 2017.

West Grove is the second phase of the Elephant Park scheme, which is a key project within the wider regeneration of Elephant & Castle.  It will have two distinct neighbourhoods, to be called Orchard Gardens and Highwood Gardens.  At 31 storeys, the Highwood building is the tallest within the West Grove development. 

The new contract for The Highwood is the latest addition to McMullen’s workload in the Elephant & Castle area, following its earlier appointment by Laing O’Rourke to install the vertical facade package for the 23-storey Elephant Road development and most recently, the new 41-storey Two Fifty One, Southwark Bridge Road scheme.  Sister company, Lakesmere, will also be working on the new Energy Centre for the Elephant & Castle redevelopment. 

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