Cladding creates a calming appearance T

he new state-of-the-art 65 bed Cygnet Hospital mental health facility in Maidstone has been clad in Abet

Laminati’s MEG exterior grade laminate. Purpose-built to meet the latest national specifications for improving mental health within a therapeutic environment, the hospi- tal will provide an important and much- needed service for local patients. 800 square metres of exterior grade MEG cladding in a 754 Padouk Soft finish were installed by Rhino Exteriors across various elevations. MEG was chosen as it carries a BBA Agrément Certificate and, most impor- tantly, F1 panels from 6mm and thicker are rated Class B-s1, d0. This makes them fully compliant for all non-residential applications and up to 18m high for residential schemes. This scheme is a perfect example of high performance MEG in action where the need for high performance and durability is married up with low life-cycle costs and aesthetic design. The range comprises 58 colours and 31 woodgrains together with 5 concrete and metal effect finishes. MEG is also able to

incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology. This means that almost any design, photograph or pattern can be reproduced in stunning detail to give architects and designers unparalleled freedom to create unusual and dramatic building facades. MEG is a self-supporting high pressure

laminate (HPL) for cladding the exterior of buildings, balconies and other applications. It features high resistance to temperature, climate shock, weathering, UV light and

impact. Furthermore, its chemical resistant nature and closed structure do not allow paint in spray cans, various inks, emulsion paints, lipstick or pastel paints to penetrate into the decorative layer. This negates the need for any anti-graffiti treatment and makes the surface easy to clean. Samples and technical literature are available from Abet sample line.

020 7473 6915 FGS brings the spirit of creativity to glazed facade of iconic Speyside distillery

Creating the ideal glazed facade is always a challenge – but never more so than when it also has to accommodate large, unpredictable amounts of movement. This was the challenge faced by Facade & Glazing Solutions UK Ltd. (FGS) at The Macallan whisky distillery in Speyside. FGS was commissioned to design, manufacture and install a glass facade – which, as well as looking stunning, would accommodate the deflection of the building’s striking timber and turf roof. The roof of the distillery is one of the most complicated timber structures in the world and was expected to provide up to a possible 60mm downward deflection and 38mm outward deflection, so FGS had to ensure that the main facade screen could accept this level of movement. FGS senior project manager, David Bennie said: “This was a fantastic project for FGS to be involved in. With a range of complex challenges to overcome – not least in creating a specification that would accommodate the large amount of deflection caused by the grass roof – having FGS’ Contracting and Facade Design & Supply teams collaborate on the project ensured that every decision we made was supported with a wealth of technical expertise.”

0844 892 2690 Senior brews up a storm for Thwaites

High performance aluminium curtain walling and doors have been used to create an eye-catching facade for the new head office and brewery facility for Thwaites. Senior’s popular SF52 curtain walling has been used to create the attractive entrance to the new

facility and to maximise the flow of natural light into the interior spaces. The sleek aluminium frame of Senior’s SF52 system perfectly complements the attractive building envelope design, which comprises charred vertical timber, zinc cladding and natural stone, and helps to create a sense of symmetry across the front elevation. Peace of mind for cladding specifiers

Cembrit has received approval from the British Board of Agrément for its cladding product range, providing peace of mind to specifiers who choose to use Cembrit’s non-combustible fibre cement cladding boards on their projects. Cembrit Patina,

Solid and Cover are all ‘A2-s1, d0’ fire rated fibre cement rainscreen cladding panels. They have been awarded certificate number 18/5600 for use as exterior non-load bearing, decorative external cladding on timber or metal vertical supports over timber frame, steel frame or masonry external walls for both new and existing buildings.



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