Rockpanel and ROCKWOOL have come together to present the latest research and thinking on how best to design out risk and ensure fire safety when it comes to specifying exterior cladding systems, with particular focus on high rise structures.

John Dunnington, Head of Marketing at architectural cladding specialist Booth Muirie, provides insight into the fire performance of rainscreen cladding systems on buildings over 18m, following the most extensive fire testing the cladding industry has witnessed.

Powdertech Corby has just completed coating over 4500sq m of aluminium cladding panels for Westfield White City Shopping Centre’s £600 million refurbishment and extension. An extensive coating job in itself, the project was one of particular satisfaction for the company. “We created a bespoke powder coating in our Landscape™ range for this flagship project,” said Powdertech Corby Director Richard Besant, “and we, and the customer alike, are delighted with the result.”

A brick finish remains as popular as ever within British architecture but traditional methods of brick building have been challenged for some time now by the flexibility of brick slip cladding which offers a quick, easy and robust solution for new-build and retrofit projects, whether installed on- or off-site.

Responding to market feedback, SFS has invested in a new assembly facility in Leeds to provide high quality, colour-matched AP rivets for rainscreen cladding. The full range of AP rivets are now available in 3 days’ lead time in more than 100 standard colours.

Installing Cembrit fibre cement rainscreen panels as thin as 8mm using mechanical secret fixings just became quicker, easier and safer thanks to the innovative new range of TUF-S rivets by the world’s leading fastening systems manufacturer SFS.

Leading roofing and cladding fastener systems and door hinge manufacturer, SFS, has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar programme for building specification professionals, providing the latest technical insights into creating high quality and safe building envelopes.

The Bourne Estate, Camden, lies within the Hatton Garden Conservation area. Accordingly, the recently completed £19 million expansion and improvement project, including two new blocks of mixed tenure homes, had to be built sympathetically to surrounding buildings. A major concern facing the project’s architects was how to replicate the heritage look of the original, glazed bricks, within budget and in compliance with British Standards. Craven Dunnill, the UK tile specialist, consulted on the project and identified bespoke porcelain tiles as a suitable solution. The company then worked with the Architect and Contractor on the tiles’ specification, sampling, manufacture and installation.

When designing and building a new or refurbished property, the products that are used are of paramount importance in order to ensure that their quality is both fit for purpose and will stand the test of time – whilst providing the desired aesthetics, writes Janine Brady, Marketing Manager at SIG Roofing.

Powder coated high performance fasteners from SFS intec have played a key role in enabling leading roofing and cladding contractor Roofdec to create a striking new building envelope for a major extension to the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.

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