Chorley Council keeps it local with Shackerley spec for Market Walk

Chorley Council has selected Euxton-based ventilated façade specialist, Shackerley, to provide the SureClad Ceramic Granite cladding system for the £13m extension to Market Walk in Chorley, which is due to open later this year.

The decision is part of an emphasis on maximising the economic value of the project for Lancashire, with Preston-based company, The Eric Wright Group, appointed to the scheme as main contractor.

The project will see Shackerley custom-manufacture 1322m2 of its Queen’s Award winning SureClad Ceramic Granite cladding system for the project, which is fully-tested as A1 rated to the BS EN 13501-1 fire safety standard for construction products. The cladding system will be installed in a honey colourway, with a natural limestone appearance to complement local buildings and the public realm improvements that also form part of the project. The ceramic granite panels are algae- and graffiti-resistant and will not discolour over time, ensuring the long-term aesthetics of the scheme.

Mark Lester, director at Chorley Council explains: “This project is a major element of our plans to rejuvenate Chorley town centre and we feel strongly that the long-term economic benefits of the scheme in terms of jobs and local consumer spending should be mirrored by similar benefits during the construction phase by leveraging a local supply chain.

“We are fortunate to have a market leading company in ventilated façade systems on our doorstep and their local manufacturing capabilities mean that the cladding system will be delivered to site from within a 5 mile radius.”

The Shackerley SureClad system will be installed in combination with Kingspan Facades’ QuadCore Karrier Panel - an insulated wall panel system which offers excellent thermal performance, superior fire safety, excellent environmental credentials and an extended service life. The Shackerley SureClad Access system will be used to install both the cladding and the Kingspan Facades insulated panels.

Brian G Newell, founder and chief executive of Shackerley comments: “We’re delighted to be involved with this fantastic project for Chorley, which will bring new retail and leisure facilities to the town, with a multiplex cinema and restaurants creating footfall in both the day and evening.

“Our ISO 9001-2015 accredited, quality-assured production plant has been based in Euxton for more than 40 years and we have led the UK cladding industry with a range of ventilated façade systems, which includes our SureClad Ceramic Granite, Engineered Stone and Terracotta systems and our StoneClad Natural Stone system, so it’s great to be bringing our expertise home for a local project.”