Chinese cladding giant takes first UK project

Aaron Morby 11 years ago

World top five-ranked cladding contractor Far East Global Group has won its first project in the UK to clad a central London office for Bouygues.

Far East Façade UK, a subsidiary the leading curtain wall specialist, will supply the 5,000sq m façade package for offices at 71 Queen Victoria Street, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.

It is the second Chinese cladding business to have secured work in the city. Fellow Chinese  specialist Yuanda is presently supplying the curtain walling for British Land’s Cheesgrater tower.

Although a smaller package, Far East Façade’s job is complex involving partial refurbishment of an existing building and a curved unitised façade to the front of the building.

The firm is also understood to be pricing two major London office projects as it aims for a major landmark project after setting up a UK office based out of Paddington in London.

The UK team includes Darren Clare, a former senior project manager at Permasteelisa, and Richard Hart from installation specialist Clearline.

Managing Director of Far East Facade, Peter Walker, said: “It’s also great to be working with Bouygues UK, which is a logical extension of our global relationship with the company and reflects the benefits of being part of a major international curtain wall group.”

As the UK team operates globally we have the skills and experience to deliver challenging façade projects to the UK construction industry.

Walker added: “The North American markets are particularly buoyant for the group at the moment and we have just secured our first project in Australia.

Far East Global started out in Hong Kong in 1969 and has grown rapidly to rank among the top five global cladding players, after buying major supplier Gamma in North America. Major projects include the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

It owns five large scale fabrication facilities – two in China and three in North America – with a combined annual capacity of over one million square metres of curtain wall.

Much of the product for the Queen Victoria St project will be manufactured in the group’s fabrication plant in Buffalo, New York.

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