PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: One Vesta Street, Manchester
Specified by: Chapman Taylor, Manchester
Part of the urban regeneration success story of Manchester’s New Islington district on the edge of the city centre, One Vesta Street is a combination of 169 new apartments and three townhouses developed by Manchester Life Development Company (MLDC). Located on the site of a former iron foundry, the development boasts close proximity to New Islington Marina, the heritage of Ancoats and Manchester’s uber-cool Northern Quarter.
The eight-storey development aims to combine the essence of Manchester’s industrial heritage and its 21st century reputation for style and individuality, in the specification.
Early engagement between with the project team secured a specification change to the SureClad® Ceramic Granite system, which was used on every elevation.
Fire safety was a clear priority for MLDC and the company stipulated the use of an A1 rated façade system so the SureClad® Ceramic Granite system, which is certified as Class A1 to BS EN 13501-1 for fire safety, was an ideal solution.
Switching from the original cladding specification to the SureClad® Ceramic Granite system delivered commercial benefits and reduced the structural loading of the façade system, while also providing advantages in terms of faster installation.
It was also important that the cladding system would create a great first impression and maintain the building’s high quality, contemporary aesthetic over time.
The design for the façade has involved 280 different SureClad® Ceramic Granite panel sizes, all plotted on the façade design and required on site in line with the installation sequence. Shackerley’s ISO 9001 accredited production facility and ability to give every panel type and consignment a unique and fully traceable barcode were beneficial for this complex design brief.
The SureClad® Ceramic Granite ventilated façade system was installed on every elevation in a creamy-beige Lopar colourway, totalling a façade area of 5123m2. The panels provide a natural, grained effect to give a limestone-like appearance to the building.
Each section of the installation involved 12 panel sizes and each configuration of 12 panels was repeated randomly across the façade.
Most of the installation used the SureClad® Hang On system because it was more suitable for the random layout of the different panel types. However, for some areas the SureClad® Access system was the preferred option.