WICONA expands fabricator network for unitised façades

Façade specialist, Wicona Projects, is expanding its network of fabricators in the UK, with the announcement that AC Yule is to move into unitised and more complex façade projects

Façade specialist, Wicona Projects, is expanding its network of fabricators in the UK, with the announcement that AC Yule is to move into unitised and more complex façade projects.

With more than 60 years’ experience in the industry, the AC Yule Group is now one of the largest glass processors and suppliers of aluminium and PVC-U glazing products in the UK.

This new initiative will expand AC Yule’s range of services into the fabrication and installation of more bespoke and unitised façades for larger and high rise commercial schemes and fast track contracts, using Wicona’s highly engineered solutions – and one of the most widely used and technically advanced unitised systems in Europe.

AC Yule will be investing in a dedicated production facility for the fabrication of Wicona façades, and is already in negotiations on a number of major projects.

“Our decision to move into unitised façades and work with Wicona is part of our long-term strategic growth, and will ensure we are well placed to take advantage of new commercial opportunities”, said Bryan Yule, Managing Director of the AC Yule Group.

“The Wicona approach fits very well with our existing business, and, importantly, gives clear cost and efficiency benefits, particularly for city centre sites, to contractors and developers – our customers.  It also offers considerable design flexibility for architects, and is tried and tested across Europe and internationally.”

“We visited a number of completed projects in Germany and Poland as part of our selection process, and were impressed with Wicona’s commitment to the UK market, as well as its extensive design and technical resources which our team and our customers will benefit from.”

Bob Welsh, General Manager of Wicona Projects, said, “We are delighted AC Yule is joining our network of Wicona fabricators in the UK.  This is an exciting move for a glazing group which shares our vision and commitment to quality – key factors in offering construction clients a seamless and integrated service for the building envelope.”

He added, “Our aim is to bring all the advantages of off-site construction to the building envelope by maximising work in the factory, to meet the increasing demands for shorter programmes, combined with superior quality control and innovative aesthetics.”

Unitised façades are fully glazed and sealed in a controlled factory environment, before being delivered to site for faster installation onto pre-prepared fixings, without the need for scaffolding.  This approach improves quality control and site safety, and can reduce time on site by up to 70 per cent for earlier fitting out and completion, and a faster return on investment for the developer.

Unitised solutions are particularly suited to more complex and bespoke façade designs, and for constrained city centre sites with restricted access.

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