Based on the comprehensive R&D work carried out and collaboration with partners, the Wi System was launched as a viable alternative to windposts and the following lists some of the milestones so far in our history
The Wembley Innovation Design Guide was updated to incorporate the latest Eurocode 6 amendments. The Wi System Design Program was also launched to these latest standards.
The latest Wembley Innovation Design Guide was published in accordance with Eurocode 6.
Further testing at CERAM was undertaken to investigate the possibility of achieving enhanced rotational restraint connection between a Wi column and the adjacent masonry panels . The results were successful and thereby allows an increase in the design lengths of restrained panels. Patent applications for this tie were filed.
The London Olympic’s flagship venue, the Aquatics Centre was revealed to the world. The Wi System was used extensively within the design so that large wall panels could be built without structural concrete and steel columns restricting the placement of M&E equipment.
37 Patents, Trademarks or copyrights were approved or pending in the following countries: United Kingdom, European Community, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand . Click here to see details of our latest Patents.
December 2011 – RIBA Product Selector
Wembley Innovation was featured for the first time in the RIBA Product Selector publication (RPS Nr 26752). This identified our windpost and concrete lintel replacement products, Wi Column & Wi Beam System. Here’s what RIBA said:
“The innovative Wi Column and Wi Beam System is designed to strengthen masonry walls achieving spans of up to 9m without the need for windposts. They are CDM compliant, with a maximum component weight of 14 kg and significantly improve wall aesthetic appearance, airtightness, acoustics and fire performance. “
October 2011 – Wi Beam shelf angle test success
Wembley Innovation carried out testing to ascertain the suitability and capacity of the Wi Beam System for carrying a masonry shelf angle, loaded with brickwork and a lateral wind load. The results were positive, and will lead to the further development of the Wi System to provide a complete cavity-wall support solution.
September 2011 – Wi Column / Wi Beam overview and testimonials
A new overview document produced by Wembley Innovation gave an insight into the key features and benefits of the Wi Column/ Wi Beam masonry System, along with explanatory technical diagrams, a review of 3rd party testing, key recent contracts as well as a number of testimonials from contractors and consulting engineers.
July 2011 – 7 metre Wi Column test a success
Further tests of the Wi Column to a height of 7 metres were conducted at the CERAM laboratory in Stoke on Trent. The structural performance of the Wi Columns (constructed using 140mm and 215mm blocks) was assessed under positive wind loading. Both the columns successfully passed the loading test showing no signs of distress or cracking, with the 140mm column achieving a maximum load of 7kN/m2 and a 12kN/m2 for the 215mm block column.
March 2011 – Olympic Aquatics Centre masonry package completed
This scheme was the most prestigious and iconic of the Olympic Park structures. Working closely with design consultants, Zaha Hadid and the project engineers, Arup, the Aquatics Centre benefitted significantly from a combination of the Wi Column and Wi Beam System to achieve the required lateral wall stability.
The Wi System eliminated 1,100 windposts and 372 lintels whilst also benefitting acoustic and fire protection performance, stabilising part-height walls, maximising flexibility for service penetrations and providing a single substrate for the extensive tiled areas.
August 2010 – Wi System specified on the Chobham Academy
Architectural firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Structural Engineers, AKT, specified the Wi System for use on the Chobham Academy’s blockwork package. The design consisted of a combination of Wi Columns and Wi Beams. The Wi System design removed the traditional windpost issues of closely centred movement joints and fire protection. The Wi System also eliminated the heavy concrete lintels with the Wi Beams located to provide built-in lintels above door openings.
July 2010 – 8th International Masonry Conference 2010 in Dresden
On 4 July 2010, Professor Geoff Edgell from CERAM presented the final paper on the Wi System to the attendees of the 8th International Masonry Conference held in Dresden. The Wi System testing and developments were closely followed by a number of leading international masonry design experts and the presentation of this final paper highlighted the structural capabilities of the Wi System.
June 2010 – Wi System design for the Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
The Design Team approved the Wi System as a blockwork support alternative for use in the Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre. Buro Happold and Wembley Innovation developed a Wi System solution for 6m high, curved blockwork panels with no head restraint. The design had to factor-in significant service penetrations and accommodate a temperature differential of 35 degrees.
May 2010 – Updated Wi System Design Guide
Following the conclusion of the initial phase of Wi Column and Wi Beam testing at CERAM, the results were tabulated and reviewed by CERAM, Buro Happold, Jenkins & Potter and Wembley Innovation to enable a comprehensive Wi System Design Guide. Click here to view our latest Design Guide.