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SureClad® porcelain facade provides fire-safe upgrade

SureClad® porcelain facade provides fire-safe upgrade

Shackerley’s SureClad® non-combustible porcelain cladding system is being used to replace the facade of a residential development in Stratford, East London, as part of the government’s £1 billion Building Safety Fund cladding remediation programme.

The Building Safety fund has been made available to support replacement of unsafe cladding for residential buildings over 18 metres tall, in compliance with Building Regulations changes following the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Shackerley SureClad® porcelain cladding system is an A1-rated facade system, specified for the Rick Roberts Way project in Stratford with an A2-s1 d0 safety meshing, ensuring that the complete porcelain facade system is A2-s1 d0 non-combustible to BS EN 13501-1.

Cladding installation company, Regency Facades, is carrying out the project, which involves removing varying types of existing non-compliant cladding and replacing it with the Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade system. The project comprises a total Shackerley SureClad® porcelain facade area of 1172m2, which has been specified in a pale grey colourway.

SureClad® porcelain cladding is a mechanically fixed facade system prefabricated in full accordance with  ISO/TS17870-3:2023 – published by BSI. All porcelain cladding panels and bespoke details for the Rick Roberts Way project have been manufactured to order at one of the ISO 9001 certified Shackerley cladding factories in Lancashire, and supplied as fully pre-fabricated, installation ready cladding panels, with no site assembly required. This includes a number of custom-made items, including cladding details for balconies and returns.

The porcelain cladding system is being installed using the patented and Queen’s Award winning Shackerley SureClad® Access system, which enables non-sequential installation of the cladding panels. This has been important for the Rick Roberts Way project because it has enabled the cladding contractor to work around the constraints of the scaffolding system, leaving off specific cladding panels as required, aligned to the availability of scaffolds during the project.

Programme flexibility is one of the key benefits of the SureClad® Access installation system, which can be installed from a variety of platforms, scissor lifts, scaffolding, or mast climbers. The shared horizontal rail between intermediate panels makes the placement and alignment of the panels simple, which has resulted in the system being favoured by many installers.

In addition to improving the building’s safety, the SureClad® porcelain cladding system will also enhance its appearance and provide a robust and aesthetically pleasing facade for an extended service life. SureClad® porcelain cladding does not fade or discolour over time and is a hardwearing, U/V resistant facade system, with excellent resistance to algae and graffiti, providing a low maintenance solution.