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SureClad® Engineered Stone Checks in for 4* Hotel Facade

Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone cladding system has been used to create the façade for a stylish and quirky hotel within a conservation area in the heart of Manchester.

Designed by 5Plus Architects, the Yotel Hotel on Deansgate has involved the conversion of a former 1960s office block, which was stripped back to shell and core and extended with an additional two storeys.

The main contractor’s original proposal to design the façade with GRC cladding was rejected due to the constraints of the existing structure, which required a lighter weight material with slimmer cladding panels.

Cladding subcontractor RHRC Roofing & Cladding proposed the Shackerley SureClad® Engineered Stone cladding system as an alternative, which provided the opportunity for large format cladding panels and a lightweight, low maintenance façade, satisfying the needs of both the architect and the client.

To gain approval from local planners, Shackerley worked closely with the design team and RHRC, and a sample section of façade was built to highlight how well the Shackerley SureClad® Engineered Stone cladding system would fit in with the architectural context in the Deansgate conservation area.

Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone façade system was specified in a subtle grey colourway with a sandblasted finish. Elements of mica in the crushed and refined natural stone used to create the Shackerley Engineered Stone gives the cladding panels a natural reflectivity that glistens on the façade.

The Shackerley SureClad® Engineered Stone cladding system was used for a total façade area of 1038m2, providing the dominant façade material for three cores and highlighting the scale and substance of the building on the ground floor columns, thanks to the large format 3050x1240mm cladding panels, which are just 20mm thick.

The SureClad® Engineered Stone façade panels were manufactured at one of Shackerley’s ISO 9001 quality assured factories in Lancashire and the Shackerley team worked with the delivery partners to create a layout that delivers the aesthetics of a bespoke façade while using standard panel sizes. On the front elevation, the sloping pavement meant that the cladding panels had to replicate the exact gradient of the ground, and these panels were custom manufactured by the Shackerley team, with every consignment of installation-ready cladding panels numbered and delivered to site on a just in time basis to aid the city centre construction project.

The façade was installed by RHRC, using the Shackerley SureClad® Hang On primary support system. The flexibility of the SureClad® system enabled the cladding contractor’s team to work around the discrepancies in wall straightness of the legacy structure.

The completed 261 Bed hotel has 8,700 sq ft of commercial space and has been designed as an ‘eco’ hotel with a strong environmental focus. Use of the Shackerley SureClad® Engineered Stone cladding system on the façade is a key element of that story, because it is made from 95% natural stone with no Portland cement and a unique bonding agent, which has been proven to reduce the level of VOCs present in the final material by a hundredfold, while ensuring a robust, low maintenance façade.