If your eyes glaze over at the thought of glazing, this week’s crop of cladding products will perk you up no end with a choice of cedar, cast stone and aluminium
Glazed facade system
Architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal have been specified by RCKa Architects for a new Technology Centre for De La Rue - the world’s largest integrated commercial bank note printer. The scheme comprises an extensive refurbishment of an existing eighties office building to house the new research facility, as well as a wing to accommodate a series of secure laboratories. Fabricated and installed by ADP Aluminium Systems, Technal’s GEODE-MX62 curtain walling, FXi65 casement windows and CD commercial doors were specified for both the new wing and the refurbished building.
Cedral Weatherboard cladding
Marley Eternit has announced a number of changes to the Cedral Weatherboard range to bring them more in line with consumer demands. Changes to this product, now called Cedral Board, include being made available in new sizes: 2500 x 200/300/400mm. The company says the new Cedral Board offers a complete Cedral system solution including complementary trims, fascia and soffit boards in an inspirational, up to date, colour palette. A total of eight new colours are available and they are presented in Earth, Mineral, Ocean and Forest colour families.
Knauf has launched Fassadol TSR, a facade paint which allows dark colours to be used on externally insulated walls. The TSR (Total Solar Reflectance) is siloxane-reinforced pure acrylic facade paint with a satin-matt appearance. The company says that by developing this new breed of paint, they can offer architects and builders a much wider palate of colours to choose from. Fassadol TSR can be applied with a brush, roller or spray and requires two coats. It has been formulated to control and inhibit the growth of algae and fungi.
Architectural facade system
Facade manufacturer Permasteelisa Group has launched the D3 Facade Dual System. The new D3 facade has evolved from the MFreeS facade, and is a three-layer facade featuring two closed cavities. The D3 architectural facade constitutes three layers of single-coated glass that create two completely closed cavities where a shading system with aluminium and wooden louvers is placed. The company says the two motor-operated blinds used on the D3 System will offer a broader scope for the architectural facade design and will open up entirely new creative possibilities for architects.
Cast stone cladding
Forticrete has been specified to supply its high performance cast stone blocks in its Portland colour for the construction of Sundridge Park, a new multi-million pound development of luxury properties near Bromley in Kent. The site will comprise three detached homes, 13 three-storey townhouses and 25 two- and three-bedroom, three-storey apartments. The company says its structural items, including decorative window heads, had been specified to further enhance the quality, character and aesthetic appeal of the luxury homes.
Prater has designed and installed facade and roofing packages for a number of the airside and landside ancillary buildings as part of Heathrow Airport’s T2A development. Prater delivered a comprehensive range of facade packages including bespoke roof systems, a wide range of Trimo composite cladding for walls, curtain walling, soffits, rooflights, safety handrails and weather louvres. Prater’s work on the ancillary buildings at Heathrow’s Terminal 2A development follows on from the company’s previous involvement with phase one and two of Heathrow T2B’s departures lounge and Heathrow T5.
Cedar cladding from Caddick Construction has been installed as part of extensive conversion works at the Regatta Group’s head office. The company says their cladding was chosen as it’s renewable and the company has been accredited with the environmental management certificate IS04 14001. The project involves converting Regatta’s existing industrial warehouse in Urmston into a corporate head office facility, with completion expected by March 2015.
Movers and makers
- Cladding and facade specialists the Rockpanel Group now provide BIM data files for the full range of its facade panels, which specifiers can freely access and insert into digital building models. The data files for the ROCKPANEL facade panels were developed in partnership with BIMobject, a digital content management system for BIM objects. Parameterised 3D models of all facade panels are available free of charge for use in digital building models via www.rockpanel.com
- Specialist facade contractor Linder Facades has launched a new website. The site comprises three areas of capability: airport projects, special projects as well as service and maintenance. Each division encompasses the full range of cladding-related services from smaller projects to the larger and more complex. The company claims the website is easy to navigate, with users being able to scroll through a visual portfolio on a device of their choice. www.linderfacades.co.uk.
- Aluminium systems company Cmar has launched a new BIM-ready website. The site comprises of four main system categories: curtain walling, windows walling, windows, doors and ground floor framing. The website offers responsive design allowing mobile and tablet users access to the same concise, quick to use information.
- Paving and walling specialists, Kilsaran International, has announced that it has gained the ISO50001 accreditation in implementing an enterprise-wide energy management system. The company says the main benefit behind the certification is the environmental gains generated from a more sustainable business practice, as well as creating more job opportunities.