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CLADDING & SHEETING London-based Piercy & Co architects have specified a fibre cement EQUITONE facade on the 1 Baker’s Row development in Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area. Anthracite-coloured EQUITONE natura from Marley Eternit was chosen because the architects felt that the matt surface appearance created a contemporary aesthetic that interfaced well with the adjoining historic buildings. EQUITONE natura allows the textures of the fibre cement to show through, creating a tactile, smooth surface. It is a sustainable and low maintenance exterior rainscreen cladding material that combines excellent aesthetics with durability and impact resistance. The architects used the EQUITONE material to create a jewel-like façade for the streetscape. The result is a contrast between a bold exterior of contextually sensitive fibre cement material and adjoining traditional buff and red brickwork buildings. Matti Lampila, Associate at Piercy & Co., said: “We conceived 1 Baker’s Row as a polished and refined gemstone to reflect the neighbourhood’s diamond trade heritage. We were initially attracted to EQUITONE because we liked the appearance of the material. Once we understood its performance benefits it was a relatively easy decision to specify it for the whole facade.” Matti added: “The fibre cement facade was able to create an engaging interface between the old and new architectural styles within this densely built up area of London. The dark, matt, fibre cement skin of the building makes an interesting play of light and colour that adds to its appeal.” The EQUITONE panels were rivet fixed to the steel frame structure by Hatfield-based GDG Cladding using Marley Eternit’s Helping Hand framing system. Framing brackets, incorporating thermal pads, were fixed to horizontal metal top-hat sections. The walls achieve a U-Value of 0.2W/m²K. www.equitone.co.uk 044 MAY 2014 RCIMAG.COM Thomann-Hanry has been named as the approved applicator of QualiProtec in the UK, expanding its cleaning and renovation services into cladding. Managing director, Mark Styles, secured the deal in Switzerland at the Centre of Excellence for Paints headquarters, Monopol Colors. QualiProtec is a fluropolymer coating for cladding which comes with a ten year ‘no ifs, no buts’ guarantee and a life expectancy of at least 20 years. It offers instant life, shine and brilliance to aged or damaged cladding and, as it’s highly resistant to weathering and requires minimum maintenance, QualiProtec is suited for long-term protection. Thomann-Hanry says Fluropolymer coatings also offer a non-stick surface for easy post treatment cleaning and UV protection to prevent colour fading. The fluropolymer component of QualiProtec has a molecular structure based on Teflon which ensures the coating is abrasion resistant, highly durable and repels water. This means that everyday dirt, graffiti and pollutants can be easily removed. Zink Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Mark Styles, managing director, Thomann-Hanry commented “As established leaders in renovation and cleaning of masonry façades, we have been considering an expansion to cladding for some time. However, it was critical to our business that any partnership was with the best system possible, not only for our own satisfaction but to be reassured that our clients were benefiting from the highest quality cladding renovation system on the market. After a global search, over a period of time, we’re confident that this QualiProtec® system is literally the best coating system available.” www.CleanBuildings.co.uk Applicator approved Quality investment Steadmans has invested £500,000 in a state-of-the-art slitting line at its headquarters in Warnell, Carlisle. The manufacturer says the new line, for cutting narrow coils from main coils, is the only one of its kind in the UK. The machine has a wider range of capabilities than Steadmans’ previous equipment, including the ability to split prepainted coil both width and length wise, as well as re-coil sheets. The new machine can also make flat sheets and split and rewind heavier metals, such as zinc. Nigel Forsyth, manufacturing director, Steadmans, said: “The slitting line has already made a big impact on our productivity. As the machine is computer controlled, it delivers a lot more accuracy and, as well as other benefits, it gives us the flexibility to run different types of material. “A modern, electronic machine, the slitting line also has more safety features than its predecessor and creates an easier working environment for our operators.” The new line’s installation follows other significant capital investment by Steadmans at Warnell, including replacing its AS30 single skin panel rolling line with a new £400,000 system with greater levels of automation. Prior to this, the AS35 composite cladding panel line was updated, with an investment of £750,000, to improve the profile and foam formulation. Mr. Forsyth said: “Our continuous investment in machinery helps to ensure that we run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It also means our customers can rest assured that we manufacture the highest quality output, on equipment which is unsurpassed in the industry.” www.steadmans.co.uk Kladfix has supplied KX03 fittings to the new £70 million Soapworks scheme in Manchester. The Soapworks refurbishment project has transformed a disused boiler house into a sustainable commercial building, providing 20,000ft2 of office space. Designed by architect Shedkm, this development was completed in late 2011. Phase two of the project began in January 2013 and is on track to be finished by May 2014. External cladding contractors ECL Contracts, specified and installed Kladfix KX03 horizontal support systems for this project. Barry Worrel, site manager from ECL Contracts, said: “The KX03 is a great quality product which is easy to install and extremely cost effective. We were particularly impressed with the stock that Kladfix holds at its depot, ensuring that we could get access to the product quickly and easily. From past experience with other manufacturers we have been left waiting for over six weeks for the products to arrive, which can severely disrupt a project. We have great trust in Kladfix and will continue to work with them in the future.” Kladfix KX03 fittings have been used externally as part of the lift shaft area. Approximately 500m2 support systems have been used on this project, supporting Eternit cladding boards. These fittings are suitable for concealed or mechanically fixed applications. The system includes the main horizontal rail, adjustable and fixed hangers. The KX03 Horizontal Kladfix channel profiles are fixed to the vertical profiles and the rainscreen cladding is then hung from and secured to the horizontal profiles with the hangers. www.kladfix.com Refurb support New London gem From left to right: Bernd Plattne, sales manager, Monopol Colors AG; Thierry Schoen, business development executive, Thomann-Hanry UK; Lionel Schlessinger, CEO and owner of Monopol Colors AG; Mark Styles, managing director, Thomann-Hanry UK making the deal in Fislisbach near Zurich


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