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Shackerley’s SureClad® checks in to Darlington hotel and leisure scheme

A £30 million Feethams leisure scheme in Darlington has been completed using 2,100m2 of SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade from Shackerley.

Designed by Darlington-based Niven Architects, the town centre scheme includes an 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, a nine-screen Vue Cinema and a mix of restaurants and bars.

The SureClad® system was specified in order to ensure a high quality finish for the hotel and cinema. “We selected Shackerley’s SureClad® ventilated façade system in contrasting colours and finishes for the Premier Inn, and a combination of render and SureClad® ceramic granite façade for the Vue Cinema,” comments Director of Niven Architects, Peter Hodges. “This offered a cost-effective solution whilst achieving a modern quality feel that fitted with our design aspirations.”

SureClad® ceramic granite in a cream semi-polished ‘travertine’ style was teamed up with polished black panels on the hotel elevations, with natural unpolished grey panels and render selected for the cinema.

The cladding system was fully-prefabricated at Shackerley’s ISO 9001 quality accredited manufacturing site and installed on site by specialist contractor, Speedclad.

Comments Tony Blake, Speedclad’s commercial director: “Shackerley’s ceramic granite cladding is a high quality, well-engineered product and the SureClad® Access system gives us complete flexibility on site. Being able to install panels non-sequentially makes it easier to set the building out, and the ability to demount and replace single panels in isolation also makes any maintenance work cost effective and convenient.”

‘The Feethams complex is an important part of Darlington’s regeneration journey,’ commented Paul Spensley, Project Manager at Urban & Civic Plc, the property development and investment company responsible for the project, ‘We’re very proud of the development and believe it would be difficult to find a better leisure scheme in the UK in terms of quality of finish and operator line-up.’