Project Spotlight: Allam Diabetes Centre
Specified by: Dr Assem Allam (client)
SureClad® Ceramic Granite installed at Allam Diabetes Centre
Constructed at Hull Royal Infirmary to care for and treat patients with diabetes and metabolic bone diseases, the Allam Diabetes Centre has been developed following a £6m donation from Hull City FC owner, Dr Assem Allam. The development includes a large waiting area and reception, office space, consulting rooms, specialist treatment rooms and research areas, along with a roof garden and outdoor seating area.
The inspiration for the three-storey building’s organic plan came from the anatomy of the major organs affected by diabetes. The Shackerley SureClad® Ceramic Granite used for the façade is metaphoric protection for the organs and the building, and the system provided the design flexibility for the faceted façade design.
A façade system was required that was compatible for use with the building’s lightweight steel-framed structure, while providing a clean, bright aesthetic that articulates the healthcare setting. The highly polished, SureClad® Ceramic Granite façade system in Arctic White provided the right clean, hygienic aesthetic, with a reflective, clinical appearance. It also provided ease of maintenance and a lasting quality finish that will not discolour, or fade due to weathering, pollution, U/V or algae.
The choice of the SureClad® Ceramic Granite façade system in Arctic White also complements the adjacent Women and Children’s hospital, giving the new building a contemporary feel while fitting in with its surroundings.
The façade needed to satisfy the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s safety requirements and the Shackerley SureClad® Ceramic Granite façade system provides A1 non-combustible cladding panels to BS EN 13501-1 with an A2-s1,d0 rated anti-fragmentation safety mesh.
Shackerley’s expert technical team was able to advise on achieving the façade design requirements for the curved front elevations, and Shackerley’s patented and Queen’s Award-winning SureClad® Access installation system enabled installation of the distinctive faceted façade design.
The project was completed using 1200 x 600mm SureClad® Ceramic Granite panels which were faceted around the curved elevation in order to achieve the curved façade design and the installation-ready façade system was manufactured at one of our ISO 9001 certified factories in Lancashire.
Shackerley SureClad® Ceramic Granite system was also used to finish the balustrade walls of the roof garden and seating area.
A total façade area of 1343.8m2 was completed using the Shackerley SureClad® façade system, installed using Shackerley’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access installation system.