Fancy façade

A £30 million Feethams leisure scheme in Darlington has been completed using 2100m2 of SureClad ceramic granite ventilated façade from Shackerley.

Designed by Darlington-based Niven Architects, the town centre scheme includes an 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, a nine-screen Vue Cinema and a mix of restaurants and bars.

“We selected Shackerley’s SureClad ventilated façade system in contrasting colours and finishes for the Premier Inn, and a combination of render and SureClad ceramic granite façade for the Vue Cinema,” comments Director of Niven Architects, Peter Hodges. “This offered a cost-effective solution whilst achieving a modern quality feel that fitted with our design aspirations.”

The cladding system was fully-prefabricated by Shackerley at its manufacturing site in Lancashire and installed on site by specialist contractor, Speedclad. To meet Premier Inn’s demanding thermal and acoustic requirements the building envelope specification for the hotel also included high performance insulation, which was installed on external walls in the cavity behind the SureClad façade.