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SureClad® Style is here to stay at Stansted

The use of Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated cladding system at the £27 million Hampton by Hilton at London Stansted Airport makes a stylish design statement at the new 357 room hotel.

Director of the London office of Leach Rhodes Walker and lead architect on the project, Alessio Venturi explains: “We needed to differentiate the hotel from the commercial functionality of the surrounding airport buildings.

“The broad choice of façade colourways from Shackerley helped us achieve that goal while SureClad® ceramic granite’s inherent impermeability gave us the robust finish we needed.”

The largest Hampton by Hilton in the UK, the new Stansted hotel features Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system in a variegated grey/white colourway, with a natural finish that’s sympathetic to local surroundings.

Alessio Venturi continues: “The building’s design has been inspired by both its airport context and my own heritage, drawing upon design influences from the buildings of Rome’s EUR district. The use of SureClad® ceramic granite with white and grey tones brings a little Italian flair and classic design to Stansted.”

More than 10,000 panels were cut individually by Shackerley to meet the specific requirements of the building. They were supplied to site pre-drilled, with fixing straps securely anchored to the rear as part of the SureClad® installation-ready ventilated façade system, with all prefabrication carried out off-site at Shackerley’s ISO900l accredited production plant. The company’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access system was used for the installation, facilitating rapid and, in some instances, necessary non-sequential panel installation.

The SureClad® ceramic granite façade has also been instrumental in answering the practical needs of the building’s location.

A fully-vitrified material, Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite has virtually zero porosity, as defined by BS EN14411. Panels are completely unaffected by climatic extremes, conforming to all international standards for freeze/thaw resistance, and they will not fade, regardless of U/V exposure. The non-combustible material also offers excellent resistance to acids, alkalis and graffiti and does not promote algae growth.

“The proximity of the hotel to the airport creates a tough environment for the façade,” Alessio Venturi adds, “with airborne pollutants that could cause discolouration or degradation to many other façade materials.

“We needed a solution that would carry through the design intention of a timeless, classic look over a long service life and Shackerley’s SureClad® system was the ideal choice to meet those criteria. It looks fantastic on the finished building.”