Shackerley provides the perfect treatment for Chesterfield Royal Hospital
The gleaming white ceramic granite exterior envelope of the new ward complex at Chesterfield Royal Hospital is without doubt one of the most striking aspects of this impressive £12 million building.
Project Architect Guy Barlow, one of the very first specifiers in the UK to recognise the many aesthetic, technical and environmental benefits of ceramic granite as a ventilated facade material back in the 1990s, was responsible for delivering the new wards for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:
“This new three-storey building is the hospital’s largest development for over 20 years and it significantly extends its capacity, providing almost a hundred additional beds for patients,” he said, “We were seeking a simple aesthetic, with crisp clean lines and flush glazing, but with a very high quality finish. Right from the outset we’d planned to clad the building with ceramic granite rainscreens, and as this practice has considerable experience of using Shackerley’s Sureclad ventilated facades, the Sureclad system was an ideal solution.”
“The decision was clinched when Shackerley introduced us to the style of panel you see on the building today. It hadn’t previously been used in this country in an exterior cladding system, but we knew straight away that the ‘almost-white’, monochromatic coloured panel with its polished surface and high degree of reflectivity was just what we were looking for.”