PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: ST MUNGO’S, GLASGOW
Specified by Watkin Jones
Boasting an ideal location directly opposite the City of Glasgow College City Campus, St Mungo’s is a student accommodation development constructed by Watkins Jones, a contractor that has built more than 28,000 student living units over the past 20 years.
The contractor acquired the site with planning permission already granted but re-worked the original internal layout, changed the fenestration package and altered the cladding specification from a pre-cast concrete system to SureClad® Engineered Stone.
The original cladding specification had been designed to provide aesthetic synergy with surrounding concrete structures, but the weight of using large format concrete panels presented buildability challenges and may have required riveted additional fixings.
The alternative specification had to provide the right aesthetic, while offering a lightweight facade solution and proven fire resistance to support high safety standards for the multi-occupancy residential building.
Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone system was specified in two cream colourways; a honed natural finish and a textured ‘gritblasted’ finish, providing a concrete-like aesthetic. Like all SureClad® Engineered Stone, the panels were Class A2 rated for fire resistance in accordance with BS-EN 13501-1.
The panels were supplied in various sizes, with most ranging from 2692 x 77mm up to 2962 x 1138mm, with an additional two exceptionally large 3000 x 1240mm panels.
The building’s complex shape and fenestration design meant that more than 100 different panel types were required for the project, with each panel required to meet the needs of the detailed installation plan and sequence on site. There were also a number of panels with mounted reveals.
The project was installed using Shackerley’s SureClad® Hang On installation system.