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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.

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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.