Shackerley is Number One for Central Square Development

Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system has been used to create visual impact and contrast at Rightacre’s showpiece Cardiff office building, One Central Square.

Rio Architects specified a mix of highly polished and unpolished black SureClad® ceramic granite panels for the building, which is situated in the heart of Cardiff’s new business district.

The SureClad® ceramic granite panels were used to wrap around the rear of the building from the offset podium at the entrance section to create impactful contrast from a distance as well as interest at a human scale. The black ceramic granite band below the glazed first floor creates an impression of a ‘floating’ edifice, providing contrast of colour and texture.

The SureClad® ventilated façade system is part of a very high specification for the building with the client requiring all materials to be A+ rated in order to create a Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

The SureClad® system was pre-fabricated at Shackerley’s ISO9001 accredited production facility and delivered to site as installation-ready panels with all fixings attached. The façade was installed using the manufacturer’s innovative SureClad® Access System, which allowed installers to complete it non-sequentially. In the long term, the Access system will also enable easier maintenance as the panels can be removed and replaced individually for upgrades to the building services.

Claire Broad at Rio Architects comments: “Shackerley’s SureClad® system has allowed us to create impact as you approach the building with a material that is both very physical and extremely visually appealing.”