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Shackerley’s single piece returns at the Metro Centre

Shackerley’s single piece returns at the Metro Centre

Shackerley’s porcelain stone SureClad® rainscreen system has been selected for the facade of a new extension at the Metro Centre, the 2,000,000 sq ft retail destination in Gateshead. The SureClad® porcelain stone cladding system was chosen thanks to Shackerley’s expertise in manufacturing bespoke facade details that combine performance with buildability.

The project involved production of 144 SureClad® porcelain stone facade panels with bracketed returns at Shackerley’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire. Each of the panels were manufactured as single-piece cladding panels, with the returns pre-mounted in a quality-assured factory environment before being dispatched to site as installation-ready panels. Thanks to Shackerley’s expertise, we were able to achieve the architect’s design intent while providing faster and easier installation on site, with prefabricated, ISO TS 17870-3 compliant facade panels.

The SureClad® porcelain stone cladding provides a high-end facade aesthetic, with low-maintenance properties for the Metro Centre project. Thanks to the virtually zero porosity of Shackerley SureClad® porcelain stone facade panels, the completed porcelain stone facade installation at the Metro Centre will be highly resistant to weathering, UV and pollution, preserving the prestige appearance of the porcelain stone facade for an extended service life. The SureClad® porcelain stone rainscreen system is also resistant to freeze/thaw damage, graffiti and algae, adding to the low maintenance facade benefits.

The cladding project involved installation of 42m² of the lightweight SureClad® porcelain stone facade system. The porcelain stone cladding system was specified by architects The Harris Partnership, who have used the SureClad® porcelain stone facade system for numerous previous retail facades. The porcelain stone cladding has been specified in a polished black colourway, and is being installed by specialist contractor, HBMS Cladding, using Shackerley’s patented and Queen’s Award-winning SureClad® Access system.

The project has been delivered in partnership with Kingspan, and 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 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. You can find the full range of Kingspan facades and panels here.


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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.