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SureClad® Ceramic Granite chosen for FujiFilm HQ

Shackerley’s SureClad® Ceramic Granite has been used as the façade system to give FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ new premises in Billingham, County Durham the ‘wow factor’.

The £14 million project, delivered by main contractor, Willmott Dixon, creates a contemporary work environment that reflects the global organisation’s high-tech nature. The new office building, which received a £1.6m grant and £5.4m loan from Tees Valley Combined Authority, will become the first stage of a new ‘bio campus’ for Billingham.

The project builds on the strength of Shackerley’s existing relationship with international design practice Ryder Architecture, who designed the new offices and advocated the use of Shackerley’s SureClad® Ceramic Granite system, which was specified in a highly polished ‘Artic White’ colourway to express the scientific identity of the business, while providing contrast with the vacant space of the heavily glazed facades.

The Shackerley SureClad® façade connects the building architecturally to FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ offices in North Carolina, delivering the same clean, white appearance. As Shackerley’s Ceramic Granite façade panels are impervious, the façade system also delivers the required functionality for the development, with a façade that will not discolour over time, is U/V resistant and resistant to algae and graffiti. Because Shackerley SureClad® Ceramic Granite is also classified as A1 non-combustible to BS EN 13501-1, with A2-s1,d0 rated anti-fragmentation safety mesh, the façade also provides FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies with a reassurance of safety, alongside performance and aesthetics.

The façade design was developed using Shackerley’s 1200mm x 600mm large format SureClad® panels manufactured as an installation-ready façade system at one of Shackerley’s ISO 9001 accredited quality assured factories in Lancashire. Bespoke panels for design features such as sloping soffits, sloping reveals and returns and sloping sills, were also precision manufactured at one of Shackerley’s factories.

Shackerley’s SureClad® system was used as part of a Kingspan Façades QuadCore Karrier Panel system; a solution that combined Kingspan’s high-performance structural insulating QuadCore panels with the premium appearance of Shackerley’s fully prefabricated SureClad® Ceramic Granite cladding and the installation benefits of the patented and Queen’s Award-winning Shackerley SureClad® Access System.