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Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade specified for modular project in Leeds

Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade specified for modular project in Leeds

Shackerley SureClad® ceramic granite cladding system has been specified for a 5000m2 student accommodation facade at Carlton Hill in the centre of Leeds. The project builds on an already large portfolio of facade projects for Shackerley in Leeds, which includes a natural stone facade at Vita Student Living and porcelain cladding for the New York Square residential development.

The porcelain facade for the Carlton Hill project utilises Shackerley’s SureClad® kerf system as part of a modular facade construction programme, with porcelain cladding panels mounted onto unitized modules. The ceramic cladding panels have been cut to size and processed using the advanced kerf machinery at Shackerley’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire, before being sent to Hansen Group (www.hshansen.com) the fabricators of the unitized modules for off-site construction. Shackerley also has the capabilities to fabricate unitized construction modules in-house using any of the SureClad® facade systems.

Around 1000 3m x 3m modules will be constructed off-site for the project with a Shackerley SureClad® facade, using porcelain cladding panels that are 20mm thick. Shackerley’s kerf system is more robust than other kerf cladding systems, with thicker, stronger profiles and an 80mm rail, which puts less stress on the cladding panel for a stronger, more durable facade.

The project will use Shackerley SureClad® porcelain cladding in a creamy beige Lopar colourway, which complements the Portland stone and red brick of Leeds’ urban landscape. The Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade system specified for the project provides a robust facade solution for an extended service life and improved aesthetics. SureClad® porcelain cladding panels are rated 8.5 on the MOHS scale - a qualitative scale that characterises the scratch resistance of various minerals that rates diamond as 10 - so they have exceptional levels of scratch and abrasion resistance. They also have virtually zero porosity, which provides excellent freeze/thaw resistance, resistance to algae and graffiti and UV resistance. As a result, the porcelain facade will not discolour over time and will retain its high-end aesthetic.

The first unitized modules have now been delivered to site in Leeds, complete with their Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade and Hansen Group will be responsible for installing the facade.