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12,500 m2 Natural Limestone Facade - London

12,500 m2  Natural Limestone Facade - London

Shackerley’s SureClad® natural stone facade system has been installed at Royal Warwick Square; a development of luxury apartments in the heart the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Shackerley’s SureClad® natural stone facade system has been installed at Royal Warwick Square ; a development of luxury apartments in the heart the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The development by St Edward, part of the Berkeley Group , is a stone’s throw from Holland Park and some of London’s most exclusive shops and restaurants, and the SureClad® natural stone facade delivers the quality and prestige required for the luxury brand and prestigious location.

Four of the six apartment blocks in the final phase of St Edward’s masterplan have been constructed with a natural stone facade using Shackerley’s Sureclad® facade system, using natural limestone cladding panels, along with grey granite cladding panels. Facade panels totalling 12,500m2 were manufactured at one of Shackerley’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire, comprising 27,700 pieces of stone and 6,800 bracketed returns.

Use of the Shackerley SureClad® natural stone facade system delivers a high quality aesthetic for the project, with a cladding system that has been tested to meet stringent quality and facade safety standards.

The facade system for Royal Warwick Square had to be Euroclass A1 or A2 s1-d0 to BS EN 13501 to meet compliance requirements for residential developments of 18m high or more. The developer also put in place an additional range of testing and certification criteria to achieve a best in class development.

The SureClad® natural stone cladding system already had all the critical test certificates required, enabling the developer to agree use of the system with their warranty provider.

The developer’s team travelled to the limestone quarry that supplies Shackerley’s natural stone facade materials to select their preferred stone for the project and benchmark the quality and consistency criteria they required. The large-format 1200 x 600mm SureClad® natural stone panels specified are just 30mm thick, enabling design flexibility for the buildings’ structure, while providing a proven cladding system that is in-keeping with both the facades for the previous phases of the development, and the architectural context of the location.oHoswHOhhh As a natural stone product, the facade material is certified as A1 non-combustible and, with no additions to the stone panels, the whole SureClad® installation at Royal Warwick Square delivers an A1 facade.

All the natural stone facade panels were manufactured aligned to the facade installation of the two cladding contractors involved in the project; Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium and Martifer  Martifer  The facade system was then dispatched to site on a just-in-time basis.

Piratheep Ramanathan, senior technical manager at St Edward commented: “Our construction team visited Shackerley’s factories as part of our quality assurance process and it was clear that the company had a quality-driven approach to manufacturing and effective customer service and technical support.

“The procurement process was easy, with good lead times and no delays, which helped to keep the construction project on track and the finished facade looks fantastic.”