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Seafront hotel features SureClad® porcelain cladding

Seafront hotel features SureClad® porcelain cladding

The SureClad® porcelain cladding system has been specified to provide the facade for a showpiece hotel in the popular Devon seaside resort of Paignton. Re-built on the site of its predecessor, the new Park Hotel is a four-storey, 161-bedroom development. The project is part of a multi-million pound investment into four hotels on the Devon coast.

Designed by Kay Elliott Architects, the development is being constructed on the site a of previous landmark hotel of the same name. The design for the facade considered the heritage of the site, and the architect has specified Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain cladding in a warm, mottled red-brown finish, which references the brick town houses that originally occupied the site in the 1800s.

In a prime location on Paignton’s seafront, the SureClad® porcelain facade comprises fully vitrified and impervious large format porcelain cladding panels, suitable for use in a coastal location. Shackerley’s SureClad® porcelain facades do not discolour or fade due to weathering or pollutants, and the cladding panels are also resistant to graffiti, algae and UV. The porcelain cladding gives the building a high-end aesthetic, while providing a low maintenance facade.

The large format 1200 x 600mm SureClad® porcelain cladding panels were manufactured as an installation-ready facade system, cut to size at one of Shackerley’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire and drilled with bespoke machinery to enable the installation of undercut anchors. The A1-rated SureClad® porcelain facade panels were manufactured with Shackerley’s A2 safety meshing, ensuring the whole facade is A2-s1,d0 rated to BS EN 13501-1 for non-combustibility.

The total facade area of 164m2 was installed by facade installation specialist, Roger Wilde Ltd, using Shackerley’s patented SureClad® Access facade installation system, which enables non-sequential installation of the facade panels.

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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.