Article by Steve Thompson, Managing Director of EOS Facades
Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, EOS Facades is a leading innovator in light gauge steel construction, specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of light gauge steel frame solutions for the SFS facades and offsite construction sectors. Managing Director Steve Thompson shares his thoughts on why a partnership approach is essential in delivering successful projects.
“We are very much into partnering – we like to get involved right from the beginning, providing advice and guidance throughout the process. Partnerships are a core part of our business and our team strive to build excellent working relationships. Our philosophy is plain and simple – ‘do what you say you are going to do’ – which ensures we meet expectations. We offer a comprehensive expert partnering service, for conceiving, designing and manufacturing light gauge steel frame solutions for the exacting requirements of construction industry.
Working in such a project-based industry can be challenging due to the interactions taking place between many unfamiliar teams for a relatively short period of time. This can complicate an already demanding environment when it comes to communication, in which technical language and mixed skillsets are so prominent. Failure to establish clear and efficient procedures and collaborative practices across the teams can be problematic. However, when executed well, it is a great incentive for main contractors to retain project teams across numerous builds. By forming strategic alliances and good working practices – seamless collaboration can be achieved across the wider construction teams.
This approach is paying off not only in delivering highly prestigious projects, such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which is part of a £27 million state-of-the-art genome-sequencing hub for Genomics England and the David Attenborough Building at Cambridge University but also other projects that are smaller in scale where time restrictions are a factor and a critical path can be identified.
Our ambition to become the leading player in light gauge steel frame technology has recently been accelerated following the announcement that our company has been acquired by the prominent dry construction solutions company – Siniat. Siniat manufactures drywall products and systems for partitions, ceilings, wall linings and external sheathing purposes – so there is a natural synergy between our product portfolios.
Our collaboration provides an outstanding opportunity to combine EOS Facades‘ technical expertise and specialist knowledge with those of Siniat to create innovative new ‘through wall’ solutions for specifiers, designers, engineers and installers.
It is clear that there is an imperative to improve industry performance, with increasing requirements to design and construct in a more detailed manner and at a rapid pace – these processes are reliant upon effective communication. Construction professionals must work together to steer the industry towards a more collaborative culture and through adopting a partnership approach, it can be mutually beneficial to all those involved.”
EOS Facades have worked on projects across all construction sectors, including education, healthcare, leisure, commercial and residential. Their portfolio of successfully completed projects and track record stretches back 10 years, so clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and expertise.
The EOS Facades product range includes:
Facade (Panels) – an innovative panel system which is fully engineered and assembled offsite in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The fully engineered framed solution is designed to accommodate the fixing of any type of facade panelling or curtain walling system.
Facade (Stud & Track) – bespoke system, custom-manufactured to exacting requirements to meet our client’s needs. Suitable for all types of infill panels into primary framed hot rolled Steel and In-situ concrete framed buildings.
Flooring System – flooring systems range from lattice beam solutions to fully panellised flooring systems. Suitable for all types of load bearing floors from intermediate separating floors to bespoke mezzanine flooring solutions.
Roofing System – extensive roofing range from truss and flat-to-pitch roofing systems to providing ground-breaking ‘room-in-the-roof’ solutions.
High Bay Walling – Can be used internally to provide single span stud walls up to 10m in a variety of sizes up to 250mm deep stud and track capability in gauges from 1.2 to 2mm thick allowing us to tailor sections to meet exact project requirements.
Continuous Walling – used predominantly to maximise the internal floor area or in instances where cladding cannot incorporate horizontal deflection joints at each floor level.