The striking free-flowing curves of an award-winning mixed-used development in the sought-after area of West Hampstead, North London, have been created by exploiting the flexibility of Metsec’s lightweight galvanised steel framing system (SFS).

The £20m Fortune Green Road development is three and four storeys high and occupies a triangular site, providing a striking new landmark and offering a vibrant new focus for the area.

Developed by the Sager Group and designed by architects CZWG, the Fortune Green Road project not only won the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2010 for ‘Best New Large Development’ but was also ‘Commended’ in the ‘Mixed-use Development of the Year’ category of The Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2010.

The frequent changes in the curves of the building, which reflect not only a natural curve in the road but also the facades of nearby park and cemetery buildings, set out on many different radii and posed a structural challenge. Metsec’s team of specialist engineers, with their in-depth knowledge of structural steel framing, were able to work with the installer, Drytech, to find a solution and take the building envelope off the critical build path.

In total around 2,500m² of Metsec’s SFS infill walling was used to create the secondary framework for the building and provide lateral support for the decorative grey salt-glazed brickwork facade. 

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