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SureClad® Natural Stone Facade Reflects Museum Past & Future

SureClad® Natural Stone Facade Reflects Museum Past & Future

Shackerley’s SureClad® Natural Stone cladding system has been used to create the facade for the £13m National Heritage Lottery Fund financed extension to Manchester Museum.

Part of the Museum’s ‘Hello Future’ project to encourage diverse communities to visit, the new extension provides a new main entrance, foyer and visitor facilities along with gallery space to display travelling exhibitions, a permanent gallery showcasing Southeast Asian culture, and a performance space. Manchester Museum dates back to 1821, when it was founded as a natural history museum, and the new building sits within its historic courtyard of grade II and II* listed buildings, which form part of the University of Manchester.

Designed by architectural practice, Purcell, the new building features the Shackerley SureClad® Natural Stone facade system in a honed, cream-coloured limestone, with bronze and copper inclusions. The natural stone cladding complements the stone facades of the historic museum buildings, while referencing its original remit as a natural history museum, with the organic appearance of the inclusions, created by crystallised minerals. This natural irregularity would be virtually impossible to replicate with any other facade material, and Shackerley’s facade panel manufacturing expertise and innovative facade panel carrier system enabled the use of natural stone cladding on the two-storey, steel-framed building with 1066mm x 616mm panels that were just 20mm thick in most areas.

The subtle colours within the stone also complement the dark green faience manufactured by Darwen Terracotta, which was chosen for the upper section of the facade to reflect the green tiling used extensively in Manchester’s architectural heritage from the industrial revolution era.

The faience was prefabricated by Shackerley prior to installation, thanks to our specialist fabrication capabilities in our ISO 9001 accredited Lancashire factories. The Shackerley team worked closely with Darwen’s production department to ensure that their glazed facade panels were manufactured in a format compatible for use with a Shackerley SureClad® mechanical fixing facade carrier system, using Shackerley’s undercut anchors and Hang On support carrier brackets.

Both the Shackerley SureClad® Natural Stone cladding system and the Darwen Terracotta faience were installed using the Shackerley Hang-On mechanical facade fixing system by cladding contractor, Varla Cladding Ltd, who received a Specialist Supply Chain Partner award for their work on the project from main contractor, Kier.

The new extension has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ requirement in-line with Manchester Museum’s sustainability strategy, and the project adds to a diverse portfolio for Shackerley in both the heritage and museums sectors.


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Shackerley’s SureClad® stone cladding delivers a natural stone facade

Shackerley’s SureClad® stone cladding ranges includes limestone cladding, Portland stone cladding, granite cladding and sandstone cladding as part of our natural stone cladding portfolio, which delivers the natural facade options that architects and developers are looking for.

 Often, Shackerley’s stone rainscreen system is used to complement surrounding Portland Stone buildings and we can provide natural stone cladding to match virtually any stone facade with our stone rainscreen systems. The Shackerley SureClad® stone rainscreen can be an invisible fix cladding system that provides a high-quality stone facade for any type of building.

We are also a UK manufacturers of Kerf systems with natural stone facades.

For specifiers or facade installer’s looking stone cladding systems, it provides the benefits of a natural facade with the robust installation of a high-quality natural stone cladding system for a huge variety of Portland Stone facade, limestone facade or granite facade requirements.

Our mechanical fixed facades mean each panel is secured with secret fix undercut anchors and produced under factory conditions to achieve the project’s stone facade windload requirements

A natural stone facade from Shackerley means that the stone cladding is quarried from the ground in blocks and produced into stone facade panels in our UK facade factory

Shackerley’s SureClad® natural stone cladding answers the non-combustible cladding requirements of BS EN13501-1. Our natural stone facade system is an A1 rated rainscreen. We offer a choice of A1 rated or A2 rated anti-fragmentation backing, resulting in an A1 rated porcelain facade or A2 S1 D0 cladding system.