Shackerley meets conservation area requirements with contemporary ceramic granite refurb solution
Ventilated façade specialist Shackerley has supplied 800m2 of SureClad® ceramic granite cladding to replace the travertine facades of a prestigious office complex in the heart of Birmingham’s civic and business quarter, overcoming planning sensitivities in a designated conservation zone.
43 Temple Row is a much sought-after business address. The seven-storey building lies within the Colmore Business District, a vibrant commercial hub, and is also part of Birmingham’s most important conservation area, renowned for its rich mix of architectural styles. Constructed in 1980 with quarried travertine and granite façades, the office block is one of several modern developments that present a sharp contrast with the Baroque design of St Philips Cathedral and the many well preserved period properties in the neighbourhood.
Over time, the original travertine cladding of the office building had weathered significantly and the external envelope required substantial refurbishment. Rainwater ingress had damaged the concrete frame and caused panel fixings to become badly corroded. Once the building had been partially stripped back and a new concrete substrate had been installed, the project called for a cost effective replacement façade system that would provide long-lasting protection from the elements. Whilst new quarried stone was ruled out because of its porosity, the City Council’s planners were keen to ensure that any replacement solution replicated the look of the original travertine.
Shackerley was able to offer a ceramic granite façade panel in a style and colourway that was virtually indistinguishable from the original stone, reproducing the same visual contrast with the retained quarried granite. A versatile engineered construction material with exceptional strength and hardness, ceramic granite is fully vitrified, and unlike quarried stone, boasts almost zero porosity. Shackerley’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access system was recommended for its speed and flexibility of installation and the unique facility to install façade panels non-sequentially.
The replacement facades were installed by Task Contractors Ltd. Commercial Manager Ian Blakemore commented: ‘We’ve installed Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite façades on many new buildings but as the Temple Row project demonstrates, these systems are ideal for retro-fit installations too.’
‘No matter how complex the façade design, everything we need is supplied to site by Shackerley, fully prefabricated, from their ISO 9001 quality controlled factory. This is a big benefit to us. In this case, the cladding design incorporated intricate returns into the existing window detail. These complex profiles were precisely engineered to slot straight into the façades.’
He concluded: ‘The client gained a bespoke new cladding system and we benefitted from a quick turnaround on site. From procurement through to delivery, we’ve found Shackerley to be an excellent partner to work with.’