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Sustainable facades

A 1960s social housing project in Manchester is given a new lease of life by ROCKPANEL's colourful and natural cladding

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Refurbishment provides a prime opportunity to refresh a building's appearance, improve its performance and enhance the environment for the people occupying it. To the north-east of Manchester city centre, Collyhurst houses some of the most deprived communities in the country. ROCKPANEL Chameleon facade cladding has been used to revitalise four of the site's dilapidated 1960s council blocks.

The boards feature a unique crystal layer which makes them shimmer and seamlessly change colour depending on the angle of view or level of natural light. The graceful transition between shades of blue, green and purple forms a beacon for regional regeneration which is visible for miles around.

ROCKPANEL Group spent three days with tenants selecting the choice of finishes on offer for the boards. Computer generated images were created and printed onto mood boards with samples of the different products to help tenants visualise how their building might look. 

In addition to its visual and urban benefits, the ROCKPANEL products are incredibly sustainable. ROCKPANEL Group understands that sustainability is here to stay and it is essential to look beyond basic aesthetic and structural requirements when specifying facade cladding. Often products can have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of the building so it is time to consider the deeper implications.

In response to these issues, ROCKPANEL products are produced from naturally occurring basalt rock using a highly efficient manufacturing process which is certified to ISO 14001. Waste produced during the processing is recycled and up to a quarter of the raw material used consists of recycled materials.

For more information and technical support visit: www.rockpanel.co.uk or fill in our contact form

 

  • View of three of the refurbished tower blocks with their colourful facades
    View of three of the refurbished tower blocks with their colourful facades
  • The design by Northwards Housing also incorporates other sustainable features such as PV tiles
    The design by Northwards Housing also incorporates other sustainable features such as PV tiles
  • ROCKPANEL Chameleon is available in four colourways and in FS-Xtra grade to meet European fire class A2-s1, d0
    ROCKPANEL Chameleon is available in four colourways and in FS-Xtra grade to meet European fire class A2-s1, d0
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