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Customer Head Office 3
Developer Hamilton Building Contractors Ltd
Product Termok8® Minerale with Silicon Texture and lightweight Brick Slip finish

The brief

To revitalise the exterior of a dilapidated 1960s office block in Cheadle Hulme, as part of its conversion into a modern, stylish apartment building. Fabrick House residents are now benefitting from contemporary micro apartments with a stylish club lounge, and a desirable rooftop terrace. The building’s aesthetic is complemented by an economical rainscreen cladding appearance.

What we did

Understanding the client’s desire to achieve a striking Rainscreen Cladding ‘look’ on a reduced budget, Aliva designed a novel use of their textured finishes to replicate the rainscreen aesthetic. Using clean blue and white tones and a dark banding effect achieved the client’s desired visual impact, while simultaneously meeting current U-Values for the external walls. Opting for an EWI system rather than a bespoke rainscreen panel system reduced the programme timeline, while also mitigating any risk around external cavities; including potential for moisture ingress over the longer term. The proximity of the West Coast mainline, only 20m from the building, meant high acoustic values would be key to comfortable living and these were achieved alongside all standard regulatory requirements. The Termok8 Minerale system achieves A2-s1 d0 fire rating and therefore complies with Building Regulations for buildings over 18 metres in height.

What makes it special

The redevelopment of Fabrick House forms part of the wider regeneration of Cheadle Hulme, which has seen significantly lower investment and prosperity than its close neighbour Cheadle. This iconic 5-storey building located at the heart of Cheadle Hulme needed an iconic visuality to reflect the town’s changing fortunes and welcome a new generation of young professionals to the area. Aliva achieved the desired impact for the client and its residents, delivering this cornerstone project on time and within budget.

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