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Shackerley’s SureClad® delivers a refresh at retail park

Shackerley’s SureClad® delivers a refresh at retail park

The re-vamp of the Cheetham Hill Retail Park in Manchester has continued with the help of Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain stone cladding system, which has been installed to bring a high-end and cohesive feel to the facades of the properties on site.

Designed by Pozzoni Architecture in Altrincham, the refurbishment project at Cheetham Hill Retail Park includes several of the properties on site, and has been delivered by main contractor, Williams Tarr Construction. The popular retail destination has a mix of stores, providing 135,000 sq ft of sales space in an enviable location just three miles from the city centre, and two miles from J2 of the M60.

Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain stone facade system was first specified for the retail park’s Sports Direct store. The latest project follows successful completion of the Sports Direct refurbishment and an excellent result from the SureClad® porcelain stone facade system on that property, installed by Aztec Industrial Roofing. The same polished black SureClad® porcelain stone cladding has now been installed on a number of other properties on site, including a Lidl, an Evans Cycles, and a Pure Gym, thanks to the same delivery team and supply chain.

The refurbishment has been delivered as part of a Kingspan Facades project, with the Shackerley SureClad® porcelain stone cladding system specified as part of a complete wall build-up. The partnership brings together Kingspan’s high performing QuadCore insulated panels with the high quality SureClad® porcelain stone cladding system. The Kingspan facade 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, while achieving a more sustainable building.

All the large format porcelain stone cladding panels for the facade project were manufactured to order at one of Shackerley’s state-of-the-art ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire, and pre-fabricated as installation-ready porcelain stone facade panels in compliance with ISO TS 17870-3. This meant that, in accordance with the standard, no drilling or assembly was required on site, enabling faster, more consistent and quality assured installation.

The cladding was installed using the innovative, patented and Queens Award winning Shackerley SureClad® Access installation system, which enables non-sequential facade panel installation for a more flexible site programme.

The project adds to a broad portfolio of retail facade projects for Shackerley, with the SureClad® cladding system providing both a robust, low maintenance facade solution for urban locations, and an attractive appearance. The unique properties of Shackerley’s porcelain stone cladding panels mean that the SureClad® facade will deliver excellent performance over time, with resistance to fading, discoloration, contaminants and pollution, along with excellent U/V and freeze/thaw resistance, and resilience to graffiti and algae.




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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.