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Stone Cladding - The Bridge, Farnham - Limestone

Stone Cladding - The Bridge, Farnham - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this high quality apartment development in Farnham. ARCHITECT: Re-Format MAIN CONTRACTOR: Kenham Building INSTALLER: FACE PRODUCT: AlterStone Moleanos Limestone CLADDING AREA: 600m2 START ON SITE: September 2017 COMPLETION: February 2018
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Stone Cladding & Granite Cladding - 8 Salisbury Square, London - Limestone & Granite

Stone Cladding & Granite Cladding - 8 Salisbury Square, London - Limestone & Granite

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone & Giallo Veneziano Granite natural stone rainscreen cladding (Unitised). tp bennett was asked to refurbish the building to Grade A office standard. PROJECT: 8 SALISBURY SQUARE LONDON ARCHITECT: TP Bennett MAIN CONTRACTOR: BAM Construct UK INSTALLER: English Architectural Glazing & PAYE PRODUCT: AlterStone Unitised Moleanos Crème Limestone & Giallo Veneziano Granite CLADDING AREA: 800m2 COMPLETION: June 2016
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Stone Cladding - Kingston Plaza, London - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Kingston Plaza, London - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Eternal Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding for high quality student accommodation development. ARCHITECT: PRC Group DEVELOPER: CNM Estates INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Eternal Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 425m2 START ON SITE: July 2015 COMPLETION: November 2015
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Stone Cladding - Lockmeadow, Maidstone - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Lockmeadow, Maidstone - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. Refurbishment of the complete external façade at this entertainment centre in Maidstone. ARCHITECT: Mountford Pigott MAIN CONTRACTOR: MAC Interiors INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 500m2 START ON SITE: January 2017 COMPLETION: May 2017
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Stone Cladding - The Engine Yard, Edinburgh - Sandstone

Stone Cladding - The Engine Yard, Edinburgh - Sandstone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Buff sandstone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this apartment development on what was once the city’s historic tram depot on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. ARCHITECT: Cooper Cromar MAIN CONTRACTOR: Allenbuild INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Buff Sandstone CLADDING AREA: 1200m2 START ON SITE: January 2018 COMPLETION: September 2018
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Stone Cladding - Baxter Gate, Loughborough - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Baxter Gate, Loughborough - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding with a slate plinth. Family-orientated leisure development at the former hospital site at Baxter Gate, Loughborough. ARCHITECT: Aros Architects MAIN CONTRACTOR: Gilbert Ash INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Limestone Black Slate CLADDING AREA: 1,200m2 START ON SITE: August 2015 COMPLETION: April 2016
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Stone Cladding - Vista, Nine Elms, Battersea - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Vista, Nine Elms, Battersea - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this Berkeley Homes Development. ARCHITECT: Scott Brownrigg MAIN CONTRACTOR: Berkeley Homes INSTALLER: Architectural Aluminium PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Medium Grain Limestone CLADDING AREA: 900m2 START ON SITE: February 2016
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Stone Cladding - Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this High School development in Cumbernauld. ARCHITECT: NORR MAIN CONTRACTOR: Morrison Construction INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Beige Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1,600m2 START ON SITE: February 2016 COMPLETION: September 2016
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Stone Cladding - 30 Lombard St, London - Limestone (Unitised)

Stone Cladding - 30 Lombard St, London - Limestone (Unitised)

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moleanos Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding (Unitised). Lombard Street is a striking new office building in the midst of a Conservation Area and surrounded by listed buildings. PROJECT: 30 Lombard Street, London ARCHITECT: TP Bennett MAIN CONTRACTOR: ISG Construction INSTALLER: EAG PRODUCT: AlterStone Unitised Moleanos Crème Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1000m2 COMPLETION: August 2018
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Stone Cladding - St Lukes View, Liverpool - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - St Lukes View, Liverpool - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Sandblasted Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. Student Accommodation in Liverpool bounded by two key conservation areas on a site that was formerly used as a multi-storey car park. ARCHITECT: Rio Architects MAIN CONTRACTOR: Bowmer & Kirkland INSTALLER: FK Facades PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Limestone Sandblasted CLADDING AREA: 350m2 START ON SITE: January 2017 COMPLETION: March 2017
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Stone Cladding - Brodick Ferry Terminal, Isle of Arran - Sandstone

Stone Cladding - Brodick Ferry Terminal, Isle of Arran - Sandstone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Red Sandstone - natural stone rainscreen cladding. The new Brodick Ferry Terminal opened April 2018 following completion of the £30 million infrastructure upgrade project, which has transformed the harbour area. ARCHITECT: NORR MAIN CONTRACTOR: George Leslie INSTALLER: Entec Design Services PRODUCT: AlterStone Red Sandstone CLADDING AREA: 1,150m2 START ON SITE: August 2016 COMPLETION: November 2016
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Stone Cladding - Grand Union Studios,The Ladbroke Grove, London - Limestone

Stone Cladding - Grand Union Studios,The Ladbroke Grove, London - Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Moca Crème Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this office development. ARCHITECT: AHMM MAIN CONTRACTOR: John Sisk & Son INSTALLER: Rollecate Facades PRODUCT: AlterStone Moca Crème Limestone CLADDING AREA: 400m2 START ON SITE: July 2015 COMPLETION: November 2015
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Stone Cladding - Elgin Place, Bath St, Glasgow - Jura Limestone

Stone Cladding - Elgin Place, Bath St, Glasgow - Jura Limestone

AlterEgo Facades (Stone Cladding & GRC Cladding Specialists)

Stone Cladding: Jura Beige Limestone - natural stone rainscreen cladding on this student accommodation development in Glasgow. ARCHITECT: Church Lukas MAIN CONTRACTOR: Graham Construction INSTALLER: APS Developments PRODUCT: AlterStone Jura Limestone CLADDING AREA: 1,110m2 START ON SITE: December 2016 COMPLETION: June 2017
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Armadilla with Accoya cladding

Armadilla with Accoya cladding

Accoya

Accoya cladding supplied by International TimberArmadilla create luxury experiential garden buildings. They currently focus on two core markets, hospitality and education, providing a self-contained environment for the users. Armadilla offer a smaller ‘Pod’ or the larger ‘Wave’ design but both options are ‘eco smart’, meeting the sustainability ethos of Armadilla.The garden buildings meet industry-leading insulation standards, have low energy air source heat pump technology and mechanical ventilation heat recovery. The smaller design, The Pod, can run off a one 13 amp electricity source.By endorsing the concept of the ‘Circular Economy’, all elements of Armadilla products can be recycled, repaired or reused. This is why Accoya is the perfect material choice for the external cladding, with a 50 year warranty. Accoya is a new introduction for Armadilla, justifying their product as world-leading for its sustainability and durability.Armadilla were awarded the 2020 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
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Accoya Cladding for Starbucks

Accoya Cladding for Starbucks

International Timber

International Timber recently headed to Lincoln to supply beautiful external Accoya cladding to Starbucks for their new outdoor drive-thru.
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Dutch school selects Accoya cladding

Dutch school selects Accoya cladding

Accoya

Accoya was specified by Hofland Architectenbureau for the cladding, windows and doors for this primary school located in Barneveld, Netherlands. Supplied by Boogaerdt Hout, an Accoya distributor the 38 x 45 mm Accoya cladding was selected because of its class 1 durability, stability and sustainability properties. Windows and doors were manufactured by VIOS van den Hondel, Driebruggen and the contractor was Van Driesten Bouw.
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Accoya cladding for a KFC restaurant in Stourbridge

Accoya cladding for a KFC restaurant in Stourbridge

Accoya

Accoya cladding was selected by contractor Jephsons for the new KFC restaurant in Stourbridge. Along with a new Costa and McDonalds, the £5million development is the latest venture by Guernsey-based Jumbuk Ltd. After performing well with respect to stability and retained aesthetics on a KFC concept design store over the past 18 months, Accoya was chosen for the project. Finished in a Sansin coating this Accoya cladding also offers a stunning aesthetic appearance. For this project Accoya was distributed by James Latham and installed by Protec Roofing.
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Accoya cladding for Cantala apartments in Melbourne

Accoya cladding for Cantala apartments in Melbourne

Accoya

Accoya was chosen for this external application as it met all of the stability and durability requirements for the projects cladding. Accoya was also selected because it is ideal for coating. The colour was achieved using two coatings; Woca external tinted Primer and Woca external oil Anthracite. The cladding was achieved by using three different cover-width boards (119 mm cover, 69 mm cover and 49mm cover) which were all 19 mm thick, these were then attached using a secret fix application with stainless steel screws.
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Accoya cladding for the Burleigh brewery.co project

Accoya cladding for the Burleigh brewery.co project

Accoya

Accoya was selected as the ideal material to clad this Burleigh Brewery project in Australia. Burleigh Brewing began on 1 July 2006 and immediately set about pioneering the craft beer movement on the Gold Coast. Distributed by Britton Timbers, Accoya was chosen because the project called for a low maintenance, sustainable external cladding with a high-end appearance. Accoya was also ideal due to its natural blonde aesthetic, which was carefully selected to ensure the Brewery logo was as prominent and distinctive as possible. Roughly 4 m3 of Accoya was used with an Integrain coating.
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Entrance Concrete Cladding

Entrance Concrete Cladding

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of bespoke 3D GRC cladding panels in Tempest Grey colour and Silk finish Client: Morgan Lovell Materials used: Panels were produced using BTX GRC high performance concrete in 3 meter length and only 20mm thickness. Bespoke 3D BTX GRC high performance concrete cladding panels were installed by Living Concrete to the famous 10 Old Bailey entrance. The panels were 3 meters in length each but only 20mm thick. Panels were double fixed to a steel frame and sealed in a Silk finish.
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The best aluminium cladding for private residence

The best aluminium cladding for private residence

Technowood UK

Aluminium and real timber claddingThe best aluminium cladding for your private home, extension, renovation is Technowood ® cladding. It is faster than most cladding systems to install and has been available for almost 30 years. Tried, tested, analyzed and put through its paces in some of the toughest weather locations Technowood has proved itself a worthy product.How does Timber cladding weatherThere are many solid timbers used as conventional cladding, the main complaint being that the weathering is inconsistent. The colours fade at different rates which may look unsightly.UV light damages wood because it breaks down the wood’s lignin. Lignin is a component of wood that strengthens the cell walls and holds the fibres together. This process is called photo-oxidation.Technowood doesn’t suffer in the same way. This is because the manufacturing process of the veneer and the resins used to replace the lignin; thus negating the short comings of normal timber.You can’t really stop natural timber from weathering. However, with Technowood you can be assured of consistency.How to avoid water staining on claddingAvoiding water stains on timber cladding is something of a myth. Unless you maintain your cladding almost weekly there will always be indications of water staining. It is a product exposed to the elements and as such will be at least damp for most of the year; therefore will show water staining.Completed in 2012 this project is in Samsun, turkey. Receives full exposure from the sun and heavy rain (don’t think it doesn’t rain in Turkey as it does, it snows too). This project called for Technowood because it would keep the natural colour of the timber for much longer compared to normal timber cladding.Can normal timber cladding be warrantied?Under normal circumstances, you can’t warranty normal timber; unless it has gone through pressure treating or surface treatment that has such a warranty. These warranties are not ambiguous so long as the treatment process is followed to the letter of instruction.“The warranty for Technowood products is 20 years”.Salt Spray TestingSalt spray testing, a practice of checking the corrosion resistance of the surface of materials that have a coating. During salt spray testing, an accelerated corrosive attack is produced in order to measure the performance. This demonstrates how well the coating protects the metal. “Salt spray test has been done to our veneered material by IFT Rosenheim Germany and its succeeded.” Technowood aluminium and timber veneer claddingThe products available from Technowood are in standard width dimensions from 100mm, 150mm and 200mm. They look like real wood because it’s a real wood veneer. The product has very little to no maintenance; It also carries Fire Rating A2. This is perfect to future proof your propertyWe have a showroom in Sky House Design centre where you may visit for free samples, brochures and consultation.
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Bradford Royal Infirmary

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Broadway MalyanContractor: BAM ConstructionStone: YorkstoneThe £28M new Broadway Malyan designed Bradford Royal Infirmary Children’s Ward has now been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.The new wing, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised with the top honour at the Local Authority Building Control awards for West Yorkshire at Wakefield Unity Works. The Children’s ward is clad in Aztec Rainscreen with a façade of our local Yorkstone.Aztec was chosen because of its similarity to other local buildings and for its speed of installation. Bam, having used the system before were confident of Stone Cladding Systems ability to deliver a quality system on time. 
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Lancaster Fire Station

Lancaster Fire Station

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Frank Shaw AssociatesMain Contractor:  John Turner Construction GroupInstaller: Cubic FacadesLancaster Community Fire and Ambulance station was the first purpose built integrated fire and ambulance station in Lancashire. Designed by Frank Shaw Associates the project involved the construction of a new appliance bay while the facility remained fully active. Accommodating 2 fire engines, 7 ambulances and the North West Blood Bikes team. The bays are clad in Aztec Rainscreen faced with Peakmoor Sandstone in keeping with the area.Completed in September 2018 the stations Aztec cladding was fixed by Cubic Facades and has had excellent reviews including a commendation at the Lancaster & District Design Awards 2019.
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Accoya cladding chosen for a show home in Auckland

Accoya cladding chosen for a show home in Auckland

Accoya

Accoya was selected for the black coated weatherboards on the front of the house, due to its durability & stability benefits. Because of Accoya’s modification technique it's the ideal wood for cladding. Generally, problems occur with darker coatings on cladding, due to shrink & swell being exasperated by the solar gain. But, Accoya wood’s superior dimensional stability negates this problem & there's very little maintenance. The cladding needed to be aesthetically pleasing as well as highly durable in order to withstand the extreme climates in NZ. Accoya was also chosen due to its rot resistant & insect deterring benefits.
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New Waverley, Edinburgh

New Waverley, Edinburgh

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: Allan Murray AssociatesMain Contractor: Cruden Home (East) Ltd.Installer: MetalTech Roofing and Cladding limitedAllan Murray Architects were the master planners and principal architects for the £150 million transformation of the former Caltongate area in the Old Town in Edinburgh. The site links Waverley Station with the historic Royal Mile, Covering approximately 7 acres this new urban centre mixes open spaces with retailers, restaurants, hotels and new homes and offices in this important area of the Edinburgh. Peakmoor was the stone of choice as it has a long history in the City.The project presents a major new Aztec rainscreen facade in the Peakmoor sandstone with balconies and a fully glazed iconic feature tower. A truly wonderful building with flexibility; lightweight, A1 non-combustible Aztec Natural Stone Cladding.
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CHARRED CLADDING ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

CHARRED CLADDING ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

NORclad Limited

A residential home in Enfield, London, was extended out the back of the property and charred Accoya wood was the chosen material for the cladding. Innovative architects, Studio Hatcham, specified charred Accoya wood to make the extension distinguishable yet sensitive, enhancing the existing grey brickwork, rather than overshadowing it. The Accoya was treated using a charring technique, taking the wood from its originally light colour to a darker, burnt effect. The cladding was charred in three varying shades, creating depth to the extension; light brush “Shizen”, Graphite “Seizo” and Anthracite “Gen no”. For the posts, a deep black effect was chosen to define and accentuate, in particular, the large glass opening of the extension into the back garden. Despite charring the wood, Accoya remains durable and stable with a 50-year warranty against rot. This alongside its great sustainability credentials, made it the perfect choice for this extension.
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Rainscreen Cladding for new houses

Rainscreen Cladding for new houses

Sto Ltd

Located in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, Blar Mor comprises 117 one-to-four-bedroom affordable homes, which have been built by TSL Contractors. The main contractor partnered with AFS (Scotland) to deliver a durable cladding system for timber frame homes, removing the requirement for traditional construction.
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Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber

Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber

Technowood UK

Fire Retardant aluminium cladding that looks like real timber. This system of real timber that wraps aluminium cladding has been around for 30 years; its not a new phenomenon, in some practices, it’s the norm.Exceptional Architecture with contrasting aluminium wood cladding against a striking white stucco facade. Incredible detailing and accurate installation has made this private residence an iconic statement. Real timber veneer over aluminium results in a contemporary timber cladding, its not an effect, its not plastic… its timber.Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber.Set over three floors and a basement, beautiful landscaped surrounds and many balcony terraces make this dwelling the envy of other property owners. The cladding by Technowood ® has been used to good effect for the wall cladding, soffit board arrangement and also the fascias. This system has many options for start and stop beads with alternatives for reveals and corner detail. The design of these projects is only limited by the designer.Pergola design and Brise Soleilby Technowood®As Technowood have been manufacturing since the 1980’s they are well versed in many different profiles and systems in aluminium covered in real wood. Pergolas that span with a clear run up to 12.5 metres, louvres and Brise Soleil that match. We can create a complete system in timber that looks the same, made at the same time by the same hands… the design can also incorporate powder coated or anodized aluminium elements; supplied at the same time. These are also made in the same manufacturing process.Cladding illumination Up lighting, down lighting or washing warm white illumination across the facade of cladding looks beautiful. Further, this offers a welcome from the building during the darker hours, makes your home more inviting, it also looks stylish. It’s a simple effect to achieve and doesn’t cost a lot in comparison to other illuminated elements of the project.Technowood aluminium timber claddingThe simple system is an inclusive platform of cladding. It starts with a simple L shape bracket, a long length of supporting section T shape (like a timber batten); the cladding directly fixes to it. Think rain screen, when you are designing and you won’t go far wrong. Technowood has been here for 30 years and it’s here to stay. Certified FR A2, FSC and certified for Environmental Product Declaration, its also warranted for 20 years.
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Starbucks & Vincent Timber - Accoya Cladding

Starbucks & Vincent Timber - Accoya Cladding

Vincent Timber Ltd

" We are thrilled that Accoya was specified for the exterior cladding for Birmingham’s new Starbucks drive thru. Working with Vincent Timber, specialists in cladding, and Accoya has enabled the project to be designed and supplied without problems. By specifying Accoya wood there is no compromise on performance and sustainability, which is key to the Starbucks’ 2030 commitment. This project represents one of many Starbucks projects clad with Accoya in the UK and overseas. As a sustainable company ourselves we are delighted Accoya is part of the future development of their stores and hope to see more stores clad with Accoya in the future.” - Laura Keily @ Accsys Technologies PLCFor full case study, please click on the view more link above.
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Siberian Larch Cladding with SiOO:X Coating

Siberian Larch Cladding with SiOO:X Coating

International Timber

International Timber recently teamed up with Snowdrop Developments to supply Siberian Larch Cladding to a contemporary house, named the Rock Lobster.
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The Haven, UK selects Accoya cladding and decking

The Haven, UK selects Accoya cladding and decking

Accoya

The extensive use of wood cladding & decking were key elements of LSI architects’ design. However, given that ‘The Haven’ is in a flood zone, surrounded on three sides by water & constantly exposed to a high moisture content in the air, LSI needed to find a wood that they could be confident would deliver durability, dimensional stability & aesthetics. The glue laminated Accoya wood for the curved rear screen was manufactured by Newnham & Abel Ltd & hand finished with a protective merbau-coloured coating from WoodGuard by Guard Industrie. The same finish was factory applied to the cladding.
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Gap Cladding Panels Installation

Gap Cladding Panels Installation

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of external GAP cladding panels using hidden fixings and chemical anchoring. Client: Stuart Forbes Associates Materials used: Bespoke size external GRC cladding panels in Rough Mist finish, treated with hydrophobic agent and clear sealant. This exciting new refurbishment project of a private house in Wimbledon, London brought with it plenty of manufacturing and installation challenges! The designers’ vision called for 2m x 1.2m large format GAP panels with mitred edges to be seamlessly wrapped around the building. The panels had to be millimetre perfect to avoid any cutting on site.
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Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews

Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: WCP ArchitectsMain Contractor: AcreoInstaller: MetalTech Roofing and Cladding LimitedThe 42,000 (3,900 m2) six-storey Rusacks Hotel extension has created 44 more bedrooms to the west of the existing hotel including a roof-top bar and restaurant, all overlooking the 18th green at The Old Course in St Andrews.The £7m extension was built with some 1200 sqm of Aztec Rainscreen façade finished in Peakmoor Natural Stone. The 128-year-old MacDonald hotel in the home of golf was designed by Scottish firm WCP Architects and raises the bar for luxury in St Andrews. Installation was by MetalTech Roofing and Cladding Limited.
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Atrium Gardens, Glasgow

Atrium Gardens, Glasgow

Stone Cladding Systems

Architect: EMAStone: Bela SandstoneThis impressive new residential development consisting of 34 apartments is clad in Aztec Rainscreen façade finished in Bela Sandstone. This buff/blonde sandstone is a perfect match for the historical City of Glasgow and the surrounding Victorian tenements It follows on from the earlier use of this durable stone in North Street. Completed in 2018 and designed by KFK Design, Atrium Gardens is a new-build property with the rainscreen installed by Roof & Façade Systems and boasting its own refined, sleek and contemporary finish.
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New Addington Leisure Centre

New Addington Leisure Centre

Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd

The stunning state-of-the-art, multi-level, Better New Addington Leisure & Community Centre, designed by GT3 Architects for the London Borough of Croydon features buff brick cladding with 3D- textured detailing thanks to external cladding supplier Aquarian Cladding Systems.The project was part of the Southern Construction Framework and followed a string of work carried out by Willmott Dixon for the Borough. It was also home to the building contractor’s first Building Lives Academy, aimed at upskilling young people in the area and providing them with an opportunity to join the construction industry.Originally, another brick cladding system was specified for use, however due to the complexity of the stepped window frame detailing, the additional cladding support rail cost, the time it would take to install, and a lack of product warranty from the supplier, an alternative cladding system was sought to meet the programme and budget.To resolve the challenge, Aquarian and specialist cladding contractor Express Dry Lining, part of Aquarian’s Approved Installer Network, worked closely together to achieve an acceptable finish to match the specified material, which suited the local vernacular thus meeting the aesthetic, programme, and commercial requirements.Peter Head, Director of Express Dry Lining said: “The design and installation support of Aquarian helped us ensure that all stakeholders were supported throughout the process of material selection, buildability, component production and assembly to achieve a photogenic building free of defects which will last. This is one of those projects to be proud of for a very long time.” In addition, the solution had to be a cladding system that used brick slips which could also be produced as standard bricks to build landscaping planters and achieve a seamless ‘hit-and-miss’ brick feature in the façade. As an innovative, panelised, insulating brick cladding system, which has been successfully tested to BS8414 on five separate occasions and has an EN13501 fire rating of B, s1, d0, Gebrik was perfect, with Aquarian supplying 1126m2 to the project.To achieve the 3D features in accordance with the architect’s design brief, eighteen different panel and corner components were produced, 25% of which were bespoke and therefore project-specific.The expertise of Express Dry Lining in the setting out of the substrate ensured the 60mm thick ‘brick wallpaper’ is consistent across the entire façade with perp joint alignment across both the stretcher and stack bond panels. And their attention to detail in ensuring the system was cleaned down after pointing ensured the façade was completed on time and to everyone’s satisfaction. The finished project was completed six weeks ahead of the revised programme with Gebrik significantly contributing to the speed of construction and reduction in programme, leading to significant cost benefits elsewhere. The London Borough of Croydon is delighted with the quality of the completed building, with Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and sport, quoted as saying, “This is a stunning new centre with first-class facilities for everyone in New Addington to enjoy and be proud of.” Peter Head concluded by saying, “It is unlikely any other brick cladding solution could have been used as cost-effectively and efficiently as Gebrik to create a façade of such high quality.”
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Kalwall Translucent Cladding - BH2 Bournemouth

Kalwall Translucent Cladding - BH2 Bournemouth

Kalwall

BH2 is a £30m development creating a newly-constructed leisure complex in Bournemouth  •  Originally a two acre NCP car park and bus station, main contractors Vinci has built a new 10 screen Odeon Multiplex cinema, café, casino, restaurant and retail complex.  •  Structura was appointed to design and supply Kalwall translucent facades to enclose the external fire escape routes around the perimeter of the building.  •  Structura installed multiple Kalwall translucent elevations, totalling over 1000m2, providing natural daylight to internal areas by day and a soft ethereal glow which brings the area to life at night.The SolutionPanter Hudspith Architects replaced the original curtain wall and specified Kalwall® for the front elevation. Unusually, this unique translucent cladding is fitted with a tight 150mm wide grid, known as Verti-Kal™, which not only serves to emphasise height but is the first of its type in the UK. On this scheme the Kalwall panels also insulate to 0.78 w/m2 making the building eye-catching and sustainable.Unlike conventional glazing, Kalwall eliminates shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade. The system also enhances simplicity by eliminating the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. Even on cloudy days, the interior is bathed with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced.Kalwall is increasingly being used in the UK for new buildings and also for the refurbishment of cladding or rooflights on aged buildings. One of the main attractions of specifying Kalwall is its unique effect on both the interior and exterior. Although translucent, it offers the big advantage of privacy while the elevations appear crisp and simple. When illuminated at night they emit an inviting ethereal glow.The CommentsArchitect James Jeremiah comments, “This is the first time we’ve specified Kalwall and it fulfils our vision of retaining the modernist characteristics of the building. One of our original concepts for the building was of a zoetrope (one of the earliest forms of moving image) and there’s a strong history of using transparency in films with people moving behind the shadows. We felt the Kalwall system was a very good fit for what we wanted to achieve”.Amanda Birch, Technical Editor Building Design writes, “To appreciate fully the building’s transformation, it is best viewed from the street. The concrete structure has been retained along with its striking line of concrete columns, which are now a strong feature of the front elevation. The original coloured insulated glass panelled system has been replaced at first and second floor levels with Kalwall’s 75mm thick insulated cladding system creating a dynamic façade that is particularly effective at night.

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