Highly polished Sureclad ceramic granite facade panels give buildings a luxurious standout appearance, says Shackerley, the UK’s market leading supplier of ceramic granite ventilated cladding systems
Shackerley CEO Brian Newell says “Ceramic granite is exceptionally versatile and can be produced in a vast array of styles and colourways to meet any aesthetic brief. Our ‘mirror finish’ Sureclad facade panels in traditional rectangular and contemporary square formats are increasingly popular because they deliver sustainable, external ventilated cladding with the appeal and natural appearance of highly polished stone such as marble or granite, but at a fraction of the cost, and with much lower loadings on the building.”
The luxurious aesthetics are exemplified by a recently completed project at Grimsby Institute, where Ryder Architecture has delivered a new £10 million University Centre that makes a strong visual statement thanks to the specification of a white polished ceramic granite ventilated facade panel from Shackerley’s Sureclad Collection.
Ryder Architect Mark Clasper said: “We chose this particular facade panel because we wanted a premium material that would help to add a ‘sense of grandeur’ to the University Centre. Depending on the time of day the elevations appear to have a mirrored finish, allowing them to take on the colours of the surrounding trees, landscape and sky.”
Appearances were not the only reason for the ceramic granite specification, as Mark Clasper explained: “As the primary envelope cladding, it was important that the material we selected was sustainable. The ceramic granite scored an A rating in the BRE Green Guide to material specification, contributing to the credits we achieved under MAT1.” The building subsequently attained a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Over 3000m2 of Shackerley’s Sureclad ceramic granite cladding was installed on behalf of Miller Construction by total building envelope contractor Norking Aluminium Ltd. All panels were prefabricated at Shackerley’s ISO 9001 accredited production facilities in Lancashire and supplied to the Grimsby campus ‘installation ready’ - predrilled and bracketed using a patented undercut anchorage system to provide a secure mechanical fix to the Sureclad aluminium substructure .
Commenting on the project Mark Clasper said: “The new University Centre is the third major development where Ryder has specified the Sureclad system and once again we have achieved excellent results. We had assistance from Shackerley’s sales and technical teams all the way through and the team from Norking completed the cladding to a very high standard.”