PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: 3 GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL
Specified by: Darling Associates
3 Glass Wharf is a mixed-use seven storey building within Bristol’s prestigious Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The building combines Grade A office accommodation with ground floor retail units, with glimmering glass façades that reference the site’s historic use as a glass works.
While the glazed façades maximise views and create a reflective surface that complement the riverside location, the building also needed a visual connection with the public realm areas within the Enterprise Zone. Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone system in a Valpolicella beige colourway with a honed finish was utilised for the feature entrance and disabled access routes.
Constructed on a brownfield site, the 3 Glass Wharf project has been built in line with ambitious sustainability goals, and the building’s design achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. To support this, the cladding system specified needed to address the loading capabilities of the lightweight structure and complement the transparency of the glazed façades.
Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone system offered the appearance of natural stone with a very slim façade panel of just 22mm in thickness, and 3050 x 1240mm. This provided an ideal compromise between aesthetics that reference the local built environment and deliver contemporary buildability.
The SureClad® Engineered Stone ventilated façade system was installed on a total area of 350m2 in a large format 3050 x 1240mm panel size. Each honed beige panel features natural marbling and textures to provide the appearance of quarried stone.
The engineered stone panels were installed using Shackerley’s SureClad® Hang On installation system.