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Shackerley’s BrickClad® cladding system to provide a mechanically fixed brick facade for Liverpool Hotel

Shackerley’s BrickClad® cladding system to provide a mechanically fixed brick facade for Liverpool Hotel

Shackerley’s BrickClad® mechanically fixed brick facade system has been chosen for a new £25 million hotel in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

The 130-room Molo Hotel is being constructed on the site of the former Duke Street car park and the Shackerley BrickClad® mechanically fixed brick cladding system will provide a traditional brick aesthetic to complement the brick facades of local buildings, while offering speed and ease of construction. The BrickClad® Saxony brick cladding system has been specified in a red multi-mix colourway, delivering natural variation to the brick facade.

Shackerley worked closely with the architects, who originally specified a 50mm-wide Roman format brick for the facade. The Shackerley team developed a bespoke solution to create the same longitudinal visual effect for the brick facade with two brick sizes: 277x65mm and 269 x65mm. This will ensure that the 2250m2 mechanically fixed brick facade achieves the architectural style required for the building, while providing the speed and ease of installation benefits of a robust and hardwearing BrickClad® brick facade.

The marine location of the Liverpool hotel was also a specification consideration for the mechanically fixed brick facade. Due to the project’s proximity to the coast, the BrickClad® carrier rail for the mechanically fixed brick cladding system has been specified in stainless steel. It is being manufactured in-house at one of Shackerley’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire, using our bespoke machinery, thereby providing a cost effective, quality assured solution for the brick facade system.

The Molo Hotel will be delivered as a conventional build project and the BrickClad brick facade will be installed by Task (www.taskcontracts.com ). The first stainless steel BrickClad® brick cladding cassettes and full SureClad® primary support structure have now been delivered to site and are being installed using Shackerley’s BrickClad® Saxony mechanical profiled bricks.

First Shackerley’s SureClad® primary support brackets are installed to the facade to create a supporting grid for SureClad® ‘T’ profile extrusions. The ‘T’ profiles are inserted into these brackets and aligned to ensure planarity, before being secured with stainless steel fixings. Isolator tape is then applied to the face of the vertical ‘T’ profiles and the BrickClad® cassette channels are fixed to the SureClad® support framework ready to receive the BrickClad® Saxony bricks.

With the carrier system in place, the BrickClad® mechanically profiled bricks can be fitted into the precision-manufactured BrickClad® cassettes. The top lip of the Saxony brick is fitted into the upper recess of the cassette and a rubber mallet is used to engage the brick securely in the BrickClad® cassette rail prior to pointing with Shackerley’s specially-formulated BrickClad® lime:sand  pointing mortar.

The BrickClad® mechanically fixed brick cladding system will provide ease and speed of installation for the hotel’s brick facade, along with impeccable aesthetics and a durable finish.


More information on BrickClad® Mechanical Brick Facades can be obtained here

 Shackerley’s BrickClad® brick cladding system for brick facades

Shackerley’s BrickClad® brick cladding system is an ideal alternative to external brickslip cladding for any project that requires a brick facade. Brick is a traditional construction material in the UK and the BrickClad® brick rainscreen system enables the construction of a brick facade using an innovative mechanical brick cladding installation system. This means that a brick facade can be achieved faster, but unlike brickslip systems, BrickClad® uses genuine kiln-fired clay bricks, providing brick cladding that look and feels like traditional brick facade construction. With BrickClad®, Shackerley provides the benefits of mechanical brick facade installation and the consistency of a brick rainscreen, while offering brick cladding with the aesthetics of traditional brick.

Installation for our mechanical fixed brick facade involves insertion of each brick into BrickClad® Magnelis/Stainless steel cassettes. Each mechanical brick is secured inside the cassette by its unique BrickClad® profile and is pointed with BrickClad® lime brick pointing mortar. 


Shackerley’s BrickClad® brick cladding answers the non-combustible cladding requirements of BS EN13501-1. Our brick facade system is an A1 rated rainscreen.