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SureClad® porcelain stone chosen for Pebble Mill facade

SureClad® porcelain stone chosen for Pebble Mill facade

Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain stone rainscreen system has been chosen for the facade of a new build retail development on the site of the former BBC Pebble Mill Studios site in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Famously the home of the Pebble Mill at One daytime TV show in the 1970s and 80s, The BBC’s Pebble Mill Studios was closed in 2004. It has since been undergoing a transformation, with development taking place to turn the location into a world-class healthcare and medical services destination. Designed by the Birmingham office of internationally renowned architect, BDP, the new retail project specified with Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain stone facade will sit alongside a dental hospital, a BUPA care home, a recently approved cancer research centre, and a Vita student living development, as part of the Pebble Mill masterplan.

BDP specified the Shackerley SureClad® non-combustible porcelain stone cladding system for a total facade area of 203.28m2, selecting a plain black porcelain stone cladding colourway in two facade finishes to create interest and contrast for different elevations. The large format 1198x598mm SureClad® porcelain stone facade panels for the 60m2 facade have been specified with a matt black natural cladding panel finish, while the 130m2 facade has been completed using highly polished black porcelain stone facade panels from the SureClad® range.

The practice of selecting the same colourway from Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain stone facade range in two contrasting finishes has become a popular facade design strategy for architects, also used on a recent SureClad porcelain stone facade project at the University of Birmingham. It enables the facade design to achieve both contrast and consistency, delivering a coherent aesthetic with a single facade system, manufactured in our ISO 9001 certified Lancashire factories and supplied to order, aligned to the installation schedule.

The Pebble Mill retail development project has been delivered in partnership with Kingspan. The innovative facade solution brings together Kingspan’s high performing QuadCore insulated panels with the high quality SureClad® porcelain cladding system, which is pre-fabricated as installation-ready porcelain facade panels at one of the ISO 9001 certified Shackerley factories in Lancashire, in compliance with ISO TS 17870-3.

The Kingspan system allows the building to be made watertight very quickly, because the insulated structural panels act as both the internal and external wall, prior to installation of the SureClad® porcelain stone facade. The completed hybrid system also delivers excellent airtightness and low U-values, helping to ensure a high standard of comfort and energy efficiency, and achieve a more sustainable building. Details of the full range of Kingspan facades and panels can be found here.

The porcelain cladding system was installed by RLW Roofing using the patented and Queen’s Award winning Shackerley SureClad® Access system, which enables non-sequential installation of the porcelain stone cladding panels. Thanks to the impervious Shackerley SureClad® porcelain stone cladding material used, the attractive facades will provide a low maintenance rainscreen for the retail development, with facade panels that will not discolour or degrade over time, offering excellent resistance to weathering, UV, graffiti, algae and airborne contaminants.

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Porcelain cladding is a fully vitrified cladding system suitable for any commercial building. Shackerley’s SureClad®  porcelain is cut into cladding panels at Shackerley’s UK cladding manufacturer site in Lancashire and fully prefabricated as an installation-ready porcelain cladding system .

Porcelain cladding systems are amongst the most lightweight cladding systems, providing an alternative to traditional stone cladding systems. Even large format porcelain cladding panels provide a lightweight facade because porcelain cladding systems can be manufactured as thin as 10mm

Porcelain cladding is fully vitrified, so it provides stain resistant and colourfast cladding that remains robust and attractive. SureClad® porcelain cladding is stain resistant and colourfast as well as providing U/V stable cladding with colours that are permanent with no fading. 

Porcelain cladding is an excellent choice for scratch and abrasion resistance and it does not get scratched with normal wear and tear. Porcelain cladding panels are rated 8.5 on the MOHS scale - a qualitative scale that characterises the scratch resistance of various minerals and rates diamond as 10.

Porcelain cladding does not fade or discolour over time. For example the SureClad® porcelain cladding system is a U/V resistant cladding system that is robust and hardwearing, with excellent resistance to algae and graffiti, providing low maintenance cladding.

A mechanically fixed porcelain cladding system is a cladding system that is formed of cladding panels which are mechanically fixed to the building structure to create the facade.  No adhesives should be considered when testing a mechanically fixed cladding system for windload resistance. All Shackerley cladding systems including our SureClad® porcelain cladding system, are mechanically fixed cladding systems prefabricated in full accordance with  ISO/TS17870-3:2023 – published by BSI. All Shackerley cladding systems are assembled in ISO 9001 certified UK factories, and comprise fully pre-fabricated, installation ready cladding panels, providing a cladding system with no panel assembly required on site.

A ready to install porcelain cladding system has all parts of the cladding system pre-fitted onto the cladding panels in an appropriately accredited/quality-controlled factory. Shackerley’s ready to install cladding panels are pre-fabricated with all undercut anchors and clips attached.  Avoiding any assembly of components on site ensures improved quality of installation and performance of the finished cladding. All Shackerley cladding systems are supplied as fully pre-fabricated cladding panels for an installation-ready cladding system, with all cladding panel pre-fabrication carried out in our ISO 9001 certified UK factories,  avoiding any need for the assembly of panels on site.  For porcelain cladding systems the requirement for factory assembled panels is detailed in the new standard ISO/TS 17870-3:2023 – published by BSI.

Any porcelain cladding system should be tested for hard body and soft body impact resistance. Shackerley’s impact resistant porcelain cladding systems have been tested to verify impact resistance and durability.  All Shackerley cladding systems are tested and certified in accordance with ISO TS 17870-3 and CWCT standards for hard body impact resistance and soft body impact resistance.

A porcelain cladding system should be windload tested for both positive and negative windload pressure. Windload resistance is important for safety, so selecting a cladding system that has undergone windload testing is vital. Shackerley’s wind resistant porcelain cladding has been tested to verify resistance to windload in accordance with CWCT standards to provide certified wind resistant cladding systems.   

XXL porcelain cladding panels are extra large porcelain cladding panels, which are typically 3600mm x 1600mm.  These extra large cladding panels allow for floor slab to floor slab installation and a monolithic layout, which is often important on larger projects.  As with all Shackerley porcelain cladding systems, our XXL porcelain cladding panels are delivered to site as fully pre-fabricated installation ready panels that need no site assembly in accordance with the requirements set out in  ISO/TS 17870-3:2023 – published by BSI.


Porcelain rainscreen is a facade cladding using porcelain panels.  Porcelain rainscreen systems should be fabricated in an appropriately accredited, quality controlled, factory environment in accordance with the requirements of ISO TS 17870-3 and delivered to site as ready-to-install facade panels, mechanically fixed to the building, structure in compliance with the requirements set out in ISO/TS 17870-3:2023 – published by BSI.  The porcelain rainscreen system provides a drained and ventilated facade that protects the building, enhances thermal performance and delivers an attractive porcelain finish for a building.