Project Spotlight: The Gateway, Lincoln
Shackerley enabled Stem Architects to overcome the design challenges of specifying a ventilated façade system for the innovative tiered, curved frontage of The Gateway; a £28 million student accommodation development in Lincoln. An eight storey, 519-unit student accommodation development in the centre of Lincoln, the development by LGG projects is for University of Lincoln students and provides a mix of studio apartments and en-suite student study bedrooms arranged as clusters. Almost 90m in length at its widest overhang, the building also provides social spaces, a café, retail spaces and offices.
The prominent location required a distinctive, high-impact elevation and Stem Architects wanted to create contrast with colour while delivering a façade that would retain an attractive appearance throughout the lifespan of the building.
“From the outset The Gateway was destined to be a technically challenging and visually exciting building,” said Vaughan Owen from Stem Architects. “Shackerley was among only a handful of suppliers with the confidence and the appropriate level of technical expertise to take on the challenge of the curved, overhanging façade. The quality and robustness of the SureClad® ceramic granite cladding system stood out significantly against the competition.”
A total of 2580m2 of SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system was used in large format 1200 x 600mm panels. Contrast was created with the use of creamy white Travertine panels for 2346m2 of the façade in a honed, low gloss, non-reflective finish, juxtaposed with charcoal Basilicata panels for the remaining 241m2 in a natural, unpolished finish. All panels were pre-fabricated by Shackerley with all SureClad® Access system fixings securely anchored to the rear of each panel prior to delivery to site.