A few words from our new Graduate Facade Engineer...
My full name is Elizaveta, but everyone calls me Lisa or Liza. I am 23 years old and I come from Estonia and I speak Estonian, Russian and English, also trying to learn German but it is still very basic.
I moved to the UK 4 years ago for uni. I've done an Architectural Engineering degree in Cardiff University, Wales. After graduation I've completed one year of work experience which I really liked and it allowed me to see the industry of Facade engineering from inside. It also gave me the understanding in what direction I want to develop professionally and this is what brought me to Patrick Ryan Associates, and I am very happy about it!
In my spare time I like going to various music concerts, art galleries, theatres or do anything outdoors. I consider myself to be a quite active and curious person so I'm always up for any sort of activities.
In the past I've done many years of violin class, various dancing and art classes. Also, when I was 16-19 did work with kids (summer camp leader and volunteering in children's house) and travelled in Europe for youth exchange projects.
Since I've moved to the UK I've met amazing friends that are now my family away from home and I very appreciate it.
PRA are now in EPSOM
Our team has recently expanded, which meant we were literally bursting out of our office. It had become clear that we needed to move. Last Friday we packed up, and moved the 4 miles from Ewell to our new premises based in central Epsom.
Conveniently positioned next to the station and more excitedly the high street , the light filled, first floor office provides us with a great space will
plenty of room to expand into!
Our new address is now
Suite 2 Oaks House
12-22 West Street
020 8254 9920
Please change your records accordingly.
Fire Engineering the Façade
Speaker: Garry White, BB7
Tuesday 25th September
Refreshments from 17:30, event will finish by 19:30
Aluk Design Studio, Henry Thomas House, 5-11 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BH
Patrick Ryan Associates
20th Anniversary Summer Party 2018
On 14th July, PRA celebrated it's 20 Year Anniversary at our Summer Party BBQ 2018 with our team and their families, our consultants and our clients, past and present. Patrick and Mary hosted a wonderful BBQ and the afternoon was filled with great food, wine and conversations.
The 'DISCO' bouncy castle proved to be a great success and was enjoyed not only by the kids but by the energetic members of our team as well!
The company was started by Patrick and was run out of his home, with the help from external consultants in 1998.
At 2018 we have a team of 11 members of staff, over several departments, and is continuing to grow into a multi-disciplined team.
Julian Birbeck along with Anri, Odete and Angelo, were lucky enough to soak up the sun and atmosphere at the Thomann-Hanry Summer Party 2018. This is a highlight in the PRA calendar and is always an enjoyable opportunity to meet people from a variety of sectors.
Thomann-Hanry put on a wonderful evening of food & drink with a great roof terrace view of London from the Ham Yard Hotel.
Thank you for our invites, and we hope to be able to join you for the festivities next Summer!
A simple rainscreen cladding support system typically consists of ‘helping hand’ brackets. These are the backbone of any rainscreen cladding system and are fixed to the substrate at set vertical and horizontal separations. A layer of insulation is then fixed to the substrate, and where the brackets are placed they penetrate directly through the insulation, forming what it is called a “Point Thermal Bridge”. Aluminium ‘L’ and ‘T’ profiles are inserted into the brackets, lined, levelled and fixed. A ventilated layer behind the external façade material ensures the risk of condensation is minimised as well as dissipating solar gain in the building.
One of our recent projects included five mixed-use medium rise buildings. Commercial units occupy the lower levels, together with amenity space including outdoor landscaped podium areas and some residential units. The upper levels are residential use. The development consists of 467 residential units (planning use class C3); including a proportion of discount market rent units and circa 2000m2 of flexible commercial/community space (use classes A1/A3) in new buildings ranging from 2 to 17 storey’s in height.
This event is free but please click here to reserve a place for this event.
Thermal Analysis on Facades
(Download the original pdf file here)
thermal bridge is a part of the structure of lower thermal resistance that bridges adjacent parts of higher thermal resistance and which can result
in localised cold surfaces on which condensation, mould growth and/or pattern staining can occur. Not assessing the risks could lead to inappropriate
construction techniques, and an inadequate protection will result in financial and energy losses over the life of the building. It could also compromise
the health and safety of its occupants.
Patrick Ryan Associates have expertise in the field of thermal analysis and have been working closely with clients, architects and contractors to achieve very low thermal transmission for the building facades on our projects. In doing so we can also ensure that there is no surface condensation and minimise thermal bridging at the junctions. See example of a moderately efficient window system above with no risk of condensation.
We were recently involved in the change of use to a residential of an office building, originally built in the mid 1980’s, with refurbishment of the facades. Many of the existing fixed double glazed units were replaced with new opening windows for natural ventilation and insulated double glazed spandrel panels. Our thermal report, with calculations in accordance to British and European Standards, determined the thermal transmission through the different types of curtain wall and windows and verified that the facade U-values complied with Approved Document Part L. Some of the output from this analysis is shown below.
To calculate the thermal transmittance of a Window/Curtain Wall (Uw and Ucw), the following information is required:
The competition welcomes applications from individuals, companies and project teams in the UK and internationally. Any project completed between 31st December 2015 and 31st December 2016, will be considered for the awards. Previously submitted entries will not be accepted.
The categories include:
Facade of the Year - New Build
Facade of the Year - Refurbishment
Facade of the Year - Innovation
Patrick Ryan Associates Director and SFE board member, Patrick Ryan will be on the judging panel.
For more information please look at the FAÇADE2017 website