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Shackerley's engineered stone façades shape up beautifully at Kew Bridge West

Shackerley has demonstrated the extraordinary design potential and versatility of its SureClad® ventilated cladding offer by supplying an innovative engineered stone façade system for a challenging installation at Kew Bridge West, an exclusive development of 336 luxury apartments in North London.

2400m² of fully prefabricated SureClad® engineered stone cladding in a natural limestone colourway and honed finish has provided a premium quality aesthetic for the lower storeys of the nine apartment buildings that form this stunning complex, designed by Stockwool and developed by St James, part of the Berkeley Group.

Two circular towers called for smooth and flawless rounded façades, presenting Shackerley and Kent based specialist façade installation contractor Stanmore with a significant technical challenge. Shackerley's SureClad® Hang On system had to be customised to cater for large format curved panels, cut to a radius from solid blocks of engineered stone. In addition, elegantly faceted façades were required to clad other curved elevations of adjacent buildings.

Shackerley and Stanmore worked very closely together, developing bespoke solutions at every stage, from the design of the SureClad® façades to the meticulous scheduling and non-standard palletisation of the prefabricated system for safe delivery to site. Stanmore's installers also visited Shackerley to receive expert training in the use of the SureClad® system.

As this was the first time that the SureClad® system had been used in conjunction with curved engineered stone panels, the two companies arranged for the bespoke SureClad® system to be tested at VINCI Technology Centre UK where it was shown to meet all NHBC criteria.

Shackerley has successfully clad hundreds of buildings, including many high profile developments, with its SureClad® ceramic granite cladding façade systems and is the clear market leader in the UK. Highly specialised manufacturing facilities at its ISO 9001 certified factory include bespoke diamond-tipped undercut drilling machines that provide recesses for undercut anchors that are used to prefabricate every SureClad® façade panel. As the Kew Bridge West development shows, these facilities are now being employed to prefabricate large format engineered stone, including curved façade panels, in exactly the same way, for installation as part of a SureClad® system.