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The £4M City Green development in the City of Sunderland has undergone some major external changes recently. The building’s exterior was previously clad in timber and heavily featured this material within its numerous balconies. In order to uplift the aesthetics, these have now been replaced with contemporary, non-combustible materials.

City Green

Gentoo Housing Association’s City Green development was formerly the University of Sunderland’s Engineering department. It was originally designed by Ryder Architecture and the 3,448 square metre multi-storey is a mixed-use scheme comprising of offices, sheltered accommodation and a doctors surgery. 58 apartments are included in this 7-storey development; each with a private balcony and some even have access to large roof terraces.

Neaco’s Involvement

Gentoo appointed ENGIE to implement and manage these changes as part of a Sunderland-wide, 4-year housing improvement programme.

We supplied and installed our Spectrum nylon-coated balustrades with glass infills and Neatdek aluminium decking with alternate inserts on every balcony. Frosted glass screens were also supplied between balconies to provide an element of privacy for the occupants.

How Did We Do?

A spokesperson from ENGIE says, “Neaco offered an excellent service from start to finish, offering a sample of the finished product for a client/tenant liaison information event which was well received. Neaco had the task of designing and installing their product to the existing structural steel which they carried out with very few issues and all modifications were handled by the teams promptly and efficiently, so that our programme was maintained throughout. Overall, the service provided from Neaco was outstanding”.

Our Products

Our modular balustrade and flooring systems are manufactured to any design requirement, which reduces the time, manpower and energy needed on-site. We also design and manufacture a range of other architectural products including stainless steel balustrade, industrial balustrade, structural glass balustrade, adaptive bathing facilities and aluminium open grilles for screening, cladding and solar shading.

City Green balustrades