Award Winning Magna Square Development Completes In Egham

Published: 31/10/2022

Harris Associates are pleased to have worked on the recently completed Magna Square, an exciting development in Egham. The mixed-use scheme has transformed and regenerated a section of this historic Surrey town and was recently shortlisted for the British Homes Awards Regeneration Scheme of the Year Award!
Developed as part of Runnymede Borough Councils' town regeneration plan, the four-block development consists of 10,700 sq. ft of new commercial space and 101 residential homes. 67 of these homes are private apartments and 34 are affordable homes for Runnymede council residents plus there is also purpose-built student accommodation on the site.
In line with the council’s commitment to climate change, the regeneration project has several green credentials, including highly efficient thermal insulation, low energy lighting, and solar-controlled glazing, significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

Harris Associates were instructed to undertake a review of the external wall system on the four new buildings. This began with an initial review of the design information which included several site visits to observe and document the works relating to the external wall system throughout the construction phase. The findings were shared with the appointed fire engineers for their assessment and to achieve compliance and the design intent and specifications were cross-referenced against the as-built construction works, to assess if the system met the functional Building Regulation requirements. Upon completion of the scheme, the development received the External Wall Review Report and A1-rated EWS1 certificate for all four blocks.

Tamer Duman, Head of Façade Consultancy at Harris Associates said “We were pleased to bring our expertise to this development. In addition to providing independent construction oversight services, we played a vital role in achieving compliance by reviewing the as-designed vs as-constructed external envelope so that the legislative requirements were met. This project has proved again that construction oversight and evidencing services are vital tasks to successful project completion, and we believe it is important to relay our observations and recommendations to the project team in “real-time” to solve problems as they arise. We are very happy with the project team’s performance and the quality of the end product. Our Façade Team at Harris Associates offers a wealth of experience to each project, and we encourage our clients to leverage that experience.”

Harris Associates have a full in-house façade team of chartered engineers, technicians, and project managers that work on projects of all sizes. Having overseen sixty-plus remediation schemes, they advise on compliance matters, carry out investigations, oversee and coordinate façade remediation work, compliance reviews, and EWS1 work and coordinate and deliver PAS 9980 assessments.

For more information, assistance, or advice on façade concerns or on any related fire safety or regulatory matter please contact Shaun Harris or call 0203 195 0857 or 0161 615 3679.