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Interior applications

Whilst SureClad® ceramic granite façade systems have been developed to clad the exteriors of buildings, they are increasingly being specified to clad interior walls too, particularly in reception areas and on expansive elevations spanning more than one floor, eg in atrium areas and stairwells.

The patented undercut anchorage underpinning the SureClad® system fulfils the requirements of BS 5385 Part 1, which demands mechanical fixing of all large format ceramic tiles used above first floor height in pedestrianised areas. This not only covers external walkways but also includes circulation routes in commercial and public buildings such as shopping centres, hospitals, airports, universities and municipal buildings.

Once drilled to accept undercut anchors and fitted with fixing brackets, Shackerley’s large format ceramic granite panels can be installed to interior walls (and ceilings) using a modified version of the SureClad® carrier system. In some cases, depending on the planarity of the elevations, the need for a primary support system and the installation of vertical rails can be avoided completely, and horizontal rails can be screwed straight onto the wall.

By using the SureClad® system indoors and out, the specifier can fully exploit the aesthetic appeal of large format ceramic granite panels as a design finish and ensure visual continuity.

See below for examples of SureClad® ceramic granite cladding used to great effect in a range of interior applications.

One Central Square

1198 x 598mm, 1198 x 395mm and 1198 x 195mm polished and unpolished black ceramic granite panels have been used as an internal wall finish, providing visual continuity with the external cladding installed on the podium deck of this new commercial office complex in Cardiff

Freeman Hospital

600 x 1200mm polished ceramic granite panels in Black and Arctic White were used to clad interior elevations of the atrium and lift lobbies at the Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Freeman Hospital.

Shackerley HQ

600 x 1200mm polished ceramic granite panels have been used to provide an impressive gleaming finish in Shackerley’s conference and training facilities at the company’s HQ in Euxton in Lancashire.

Ellesmere Centre

White ceramic granite panels were cut to various sizes to clad columns and ‘frame’ individual retail outlets inside the Ellesmere Centre in Walkden, Greater Manchester

Hilton London Wembley

Having used 600 x 1200mm polished black ceramic granite panels to clad the exteriors of this 361-bedroom hotel overlooking Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, architects at the Manser Practice used the same panels as an interior cladding finish in the lofty reception and foyer area.

Digital Technium Building

The bespoke 600 x 1200mm ceramic granite panels procured for the ventilated façade system at this digital technology hub at the University of Swansea were also used with stunning results to clad internal elevations.

University of Central England

The reception area and individual tutorial rooms at the University of Central England (now known as Birmingham City University) have been clad with 300 x 600mm ceramic granite panels in a silver grey colourway with a semilustre finish.