Facade retention is one of our specialities, with our team boasting over 20 years in the industry. We can provide a combination of megashore and slimshore temporary works solutions, and will help with original building conservation and refurbishment. No job is too big or small, with dedicated design and erection teams throughout the UK.
What is facade retention?
Facade retention is a temporary works solution, designed to maintain the building facade while remodelling and improving the internal structure. Facade retention systems are often used when restoring listed buildings. Essentially, the overall look of the building is preserved, while, behind-the-scenes, new internal layouts and structures are constructed to meet more modern means.
Types of retention include:
- Scaffolding: This type of building conservation is suitable for 3 and 4 storey facades, boasting sufficient space for installation.
- Proprietary retention: This type of facade retention system utilises building props, ties and braces. Unlike the above, this is most commonly used for taller buildings.
- Fabricated steelwork: This is, typically, used for works that have a longer duration.
- Combination of proprietary and fabricated facade retention systems.
The above facade retention systems play a vital role in preventing the excessive movement of the building facade. They help reduce the cracks and instability, preserving the building exterior and improving safety. We have bags of experience in all facade retention systems, and will work to ensure there are no logistical issues involved – particularly as facade retention projects often take place in the city centre.
Benefits to facade retention
Building conservation is both economical and functional, enabling companies and such to reuse buildings rather than leave them derelict. There are a number of advantages to looking into the services:
Redevelopment of ‘outdated’ buildings
Buildings that have previously sat untouched and, essentially, wasting money have the chance of redevelopment with facade retention. As we face an increasing demand for sophisticated, modern work environments, facade retention enables us to use buildings once thought of as obsolete. For instance, large textile mills in the North East, old factories and warehouses converted into flats and churches into hotels etc. are all notable examples.
Rather than constructing new buildings where space is becoming limited, building facade retention offers us an economic solution in ‘reusing’ old buildings. More suitable places are available and, similarly, you are preserving the architectural value of said buildings.
Increase floor space
It’s possible to increase floor space with this service, thus fulfilling your modern business needs. Facade retention schemes can help in the insertion of additional floors, catering to larger businesses who may need the room.
Internal alterations to a building often don’t need planning permission, as the works do not affect the external structural appearance. However, if you are updating the internal structure of a listed building, removing fireplaces etc., you may need listed consent. The procedure is much less exhaustive than erecting a new building from scratch.
Why choose Denon Construction
- Experience in the industry
- Portfolio of large-scale projects
- Knowledgeable engineers
- High-quality machinery and equipment
Russel Construction, Chapel Building Liverpool
Major facade and building retention using super slim soldiers whilst major demolition works undertaken.
Cubit & Theobolt, Whitechapel
Super Slim shore propping system permanent restraint while building is being renovated.