Sureclad helps architects blend old and new at Cheltenham Clinic
A Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated facade system supplied by Shackerley has proved an attractive cladding solution for Quattro Design Architects at the new Thirlestaine Breast Clinic in Cheltenham.
The facility has been purchased, renovated and extended by the Cobalt Appeal Fund and leased to Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The main part is housed in a Grade II listed Victorian villa, traditionally constructed from natural Cotswold Stone. Shackerley’s ventilated facades provide the outer envelope for a new adjoining one-storey flat-roofed extension.
Using Shackerley’s polished ‘travertine’ ceramic granite panels, the architects have blended the old and new by maintaining similar colouring across all elevations. Rob Peacey, Project Architect said: “We wanted a high class facing product with a smooth glass like finish to mirror the classic pale colour of the Cotswold stone, but with a contemporary twist. We found exactly what we were looking for in Shackerley’s Sureclad range. The light tones and subtle detailing in the ‘travertine’ panel blends beautifully with the natural stone of the villa.”
Peter Sharpe of the Cobalt Appeal Fund comments: “We’re thrilled with what has been achieved, and delighted with the overall appearance of the extended building. We now have a clinic that is friendly, welcoming and ‘non-institutional’ in design and which will encourage women to come through the doors and benefit from the very best screening and diagnosis services in the country.”
The construction work at the clinic was carried out by Speller Metcalfe Ltd and the Sureclad system was installed by national façade specialist, ECL Contracts Limited.