What are the benefits of metal rainscreen cladding systems?
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2017
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The modern concept of rainscreen cladding was developed in Scandinavia during the 1940′s and it became widely used throughout Europe in the 1970′s and in the UK in the 1980s.

Metal rainscreen cladding systems provide an efficient, attractive and low maintenance solution for a wide variety of external building envelope and facade requirements, with aluminium cladding being one of the most popular.

Aside from its outstanding aesthetics, aluminium rainscreen cladding systems put less loading on a building’s underlying structure compared to traditional masonry-based materials. This results in a lower carbon footprint and higher levels of natural daylight, as the need for internal supporting walls is minimised. As a result, aluminium rainscreen cladding systems are now commonly specified on most major developments.

A great example of how aluminium cladding can bring a building design to life is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). We supplied the aluminium rainscreen façade for this project, which used a secret fix hanging system to create a sheer, smooth façade.

Why choose aluminium?
Aluminium is an ideal architectural material because it is low maintenance and looks great. It can be finished in a range colours and textures. These include anodised finishes, in a choice of metallic colours and PPC (Polyester Powder Coated) to any RAL colour reference. Perforated aluminium cladding panels also create a stunning architectural aesthetic, and can still deliver all the benefits of a rear ventilated rainsceen cladding system. In terms of aesthetics, the perforations add depth and texture, creating shadow lines and patterns that change depending on the angle that they are viewed and the level of sunlight.

Where brise soleil is required around windows, specifying these in the same perforation design as the cladding panels creates a stunning three-dimensional façade aesthetic.

Our aluminium rainscreen cladding is an inspirational choice for buildings like the EICC, which demand uncompromising aesthetics alongside durability. The timeless design qualities of an aluminium façade solution, combined with the materials other physical properties, means it is now widely specified on most large buildings. We also offer other metal rainscreen cladding systems such as Corten weathered steel, stainless steel, zinc, copper and brass.

Alongside our metal rainscreen cladding solutions we are able to manufacture a full range of other elements required to complete the facade. These include window reveals, fascias, soffits, roofline and column casings. We also offer a wide range of specialist fabrications to meet specific design requirements.

If you would like to find out more about our metal rainscreen cladding, visit Rainscreen cladding secret fix
 
Top 10: Benefits of rainscreen cladding
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2017
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1. Less maintenance
Rainscreen cladding is an excellent method of protecting the exterior wall of a building from the elements.

In fact, materials such as aluminium cladding will ensure your building and future owners benefit from very low maintenance, whilst the rear-ventilated cavity prevents moisture reaching the main building structure. This provides a number of performance related benefits by keeping the underlying elements continuously dry.

2. Reduced weight loadings
news The use of lightweight facade materials like aluminium panels mean that the loadings on the underlying building structure are much less than masonry-based materials.

That means significant savings can be made on foundations and internal supporting walls, both of which tend to be made from high embodied energy materials.

Reducing the need for masonry elements also creates a lighter, brighter and more open interior.

3. Better accessibility to services
news Modern rainscreen cladding systems allow individual panels to be removed, giving your maintenance team easy access to services.

When combined with davits and Building Maintenance Units (BMU), which allow safe access to the exterior façade, it means any upgrades or repairs to services can be done without disturbing the occupants.





4. Improve thermal performance
news Rainscreen cladding is a low-cost method of improving the thermal performance of existing buildings, without losing any internal floor space.

This is known as over-cladding and involves fixing slab insulation to the exterior wall of the existing building - so no loss of internal space - and then covering it with a breathable membrane before 'over' cladding with a rainscreen system.

As well as making a step change in the building’s energy efficiency, it makes it look like new, too!

5. Improved aesthetics
news Aside from better thermal performance, over cladding an existing building can greatly improve its appearance. In fact, it makes an old building look and perform like new. This is an excellent way of modernising older properties, or ensuring that new builds have contemporary appeal.







6. Gravity defying designs
news Modern rainscreen cladding systems are lightweight and strong, making it relatively easy to create engaging, striking designs that appear to defy gravity.

Whether it’s an overhanging canopy, parabolic curve or gouged-out aperture in a façade, our lightweight and strong metal rainscreen cladding systems can help you deliver the vision.



7. Minimum disruption from over cladding
news Over cladding makes sound environmental sense. Firstly, the improved thermal performance from extra insulation means less energy is required to heat the building.

Secondly, refurbishing a building in this way, rather than going down the route of demolition and new build, means that fewer materials are required and less energy is used during construction.

8. Ease of installation
news Being lightweight makes rainscreen cladding systems relatively easy to install. Here at Eltherington we pre-assemble cladding systems in our factory to make sure they fit right, first time, on site.







9. Cost effective
news Whatever your budget, we have a material or finish that will help you achieve your vision. Whether it's an aluminium rainscreen system or corten weathered steel, we have a solution to suit.







10. Sustainability
news Rainscreen cladding meets the requirements for off-site construction, which means it is relatively fast to fit on site. That's because many of the items are pre-assembled in our factory, allowing large elements to be craned into position on site.

Being a dry construction technique also means that it isn’t affected by inclement weather that could stop wet trades.

Call our sales team to find out more about the benefits of Eltherington rainscreen facade systems: 01482 320 336.

 
Eltherington Takes Fresh Approach To Architectural Panels
MAY
2017
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Eltherington is now an official supplier of the Formica VIVIX® range of architectural panels.

The latest development to benefit from Formica VIVIX® panels from Eltherington is Barr Beacon School in Walsall. The company supplied 8mm Formica VIVIX® panels in Storm Grey, which were fixed using its Eurofox façade mounting as part of a rear ventilated cladding system.

Formica VIVIX® panels, which have a decorative surface on both sides, provide building designers with the ability to create eye-catching, contemporary architectural facades.

Eltherington is able to manufacture a wide range of façade solutions using the Formica panels, including rainscreen cladding, roofline, internal cladding, spandrel panels, plus any other architectural panel and screening requirements.

Formica VIVIX® solid phenolic is a high performance, engineered exterior façade panel that is available in a wide choice of colours.

The Formica VIVIX® range from Eltherington is available in Solid colours, Nature-inspired abstract patterns and Rich woodgrains. All the panels are resistant to impact and abrasion, making them highly suitable for cladding, walkways and balconies.

As a lightweight rainscreen cladding solution it combines excellent weather and UV resistance properties for enhanced durability and ease of maintenance.

Eltherington is able to manufacture the panels to any shape or size at its modern manufacturing facility in Hull. They are available in 6mm, 8mm and 10mm panel thicknesses.

“Our Formica VIVIX® exterior façade panels have a decorative surface on both sides making them suitable for areas such as walkways and balconies,” said Chris Broadwith, Business Development Manager at Eltherington. “We have had a large number of enquiries since we began offering Formica VIVIX®.”

He added: “Formica is a tried and trusted name in architectural panels and we felt that introducing the VIVIX® range provides building designers with a fresh new look. They are an ideal choice where a sleek, contemporary aesthetic is required.”

Formica VIVIX® rainscreen can also be used to over clad an existing building to make it look and perform like new.

Formica panels can be used with a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary Hilti Eurofox framing systems.

Eltherington is an official supplier of the Hilti Eurofox substructure system for architectural facades. The system is commonly used to create rear ventilated rainscreen systems because it is high quality, fast, safe and easy to install.
 
Eltherington’s Corten Facade Steel Appeal
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2017
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Eltherington has reported a surge of interest in its Corten architectural metalwork solutions as building designers look for facades that offer aesthetic appeal, low maintenance and value for money.

Façade finishes such as Eltherington’s weathered steel, commonly known as Corten, have the ability to make a building look distinctly different.

It is this aesthetic appeal, which develops a beautiful, aged patina over time that appeals to building designers and clients alike. Apart from its superb aesthetics and attractive granular texture, Corten architectural metalwork from Eltherington is renowned for its superior corrosion resistance. The material acquires this property because the surface of the steel reacts with atmospheric elements to form a protective oxide layer.

That means that the surface of Corten forms a maintenance free, protective surface layer that continues to regenerate over the years - the great thing about Corten is that it doesn’t need any maintenance.

Requiring minimal maintenance means that it is a cost effective solution that offers an extended surface life. It is 100 percent recyclable, offering specifiers a sustainable and environmentally sound solution.

Eltherington manufactures a wide range of façade solutions from Corten including rainscreen cladding, roofline, window pods, screening and decorative panels. The company is also able to manufacture a wide range of bespoke architectural metalwork using Corten as well as other materials.

Corten architectural solutions from Eltherington offer excellent fire, acoustic and thermal performance, making it an integral part of a modern building design.

As an alternative to Corten, Eltherington is able to supply 4mm thick aluminium composite material (ACM) with a patterned finish to imitate a variety of natural metals, including Corten, where there are budget constraints.

Other ACM material effects offered by Eltherington are copper, zinc, Corten, stainless steel and anodised aluminium. These offer great value for money alternative.
 
Better by degrees’
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2017
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Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP has specified our Specialist Fabrication (SF1) and Cladding (TFS1) for the complete redevelopment of Nottingham University’s Engineering and Science laboratory.

The cladding is continuous around both the new and refurbished elements, making it appear as though it is now a single building.

Our façade solution has helped to transform the campus as well as enhancing the student learning experience.

The refurbished laboratory will achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating.

Eltherington façade solution:
• Curtain walling panels
• Perforated panels
• Cill pressings
• Soffit pressings

Finish:
• Powder coated to Interpon D Brilliance Range YW208G

We can supply a vast range of materials and finishes. To view these click here.

To find out more about this and other cases studies, visit our website or call our sales office on: 01482 320336
 
Hilti Eurofox Now Available From Eltherington
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2017
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Eltherington is now an official supplier of the Hilti Eurofox substructure system for architectural facades

As an official supplier of the innovative Eurofox system, Eltherington will be able to offer customers a wider range of options for installing rear ventilated facades.

The Hilti Eurofox system is commonly used for rear ventilated rainscreen facades because it offers designers, specifiers and installers a number of benefits.

Principally, its fast, safe and easy installation ensures that ‘Eurofox’ is commonly specified on a large and growing number of rainscreen façade projects.

Rainscreen facades provide buildings with known performance benefits, whilst minimising the carbon footprint due to their lightweight yet strong nature.

This enables Eltherington rainscreen cladding, combined with the Eurofox hanging system, to create elegant, geometric building designs that appear to defy gravity. When combined with the wide range of colours and finishes offered by Eltherington it makes a compelling proposition for customers.

Michael Riding, Director at Eltherington, said: “We’ve extended choice for customers by adding the Hilti Eurofox system to our rear ventilated rainscreen façade offer. As the market leading hanging system we felt that it aligned perfectly with our strategy of supplying high quality architectural metalwork solutions.”

Michael added: “We like the fact that Hilti is constantly innovating, which means that, like us, there is always something new for customers to see.”

Eltherington (TFS1 through fix) and (SFS1 secret fix) solutions have been independently tested and accredited to the specific requirements of CWCT using the Hilti substructure system.

The team at Eltherington are able to provide support to customers at all stages of the design and installation process. This is backed up by specialist teams from Hilti that can ensure outcomes are fully optimized on site.

Eltherington operates a 12 acre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hull and is able to supply a wide range of standard and bespoke solutions for building facades, roofline, column casings, perforated panels and spandrel panels, along with internal cladding.

The company is unusual in being able to manufacture bespoke, matching, architectural metalwork solutions that complement the façade. These include column casings, roofline, window reveals, perforated panels and soffit and fascia, plus others.

All the company’s architectural metalwork solutions are manufacturing at its headquarters in Hull. Following continued business growth, the company has just moved to a new site that is double the size of its previous location.

Eltherington has been manufacturing high quality architectural solutions for over 40 years and has supplied projects as diverse as The Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Bridgewater Place Leeds, The Viacom Studios in London, and the RIBA award-winning London Southbank University.
 
Eltherington celebrates Hull City of Culture
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2017
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Eltherington celebrates Hull City of Culture
Eltherington is marking the start of Hull’s City of Culture 2017 by showcasing some of its recent architectural metalwork projects on view around the city.

Most recent of these is C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation), which thrusts a striking new aesthetic on the Hull skyline.

Eltherington manufactured C4DI’s high quality bespoke aluminium window pods at is headquarters based just outside the city centre. Now complete, the development announces a new point of arrival on Hull’s well-known Queen Street.

Another development that showcases Eltherington’s architectural metalwork capabilities is The Arc. Manufactured from perforated aluminium panels, it creates a dramatic, visually appealing structure in the centre of Hull, whilst the perforations provide practical benefits by allowing maximum light into this environmentally-friendly, low-carbon building.

Eltherington manufactured The Arc’s curved, perforated panels from marine grade aluminium, a high strength alloy with good corrosion resistance and excellent resistance to salt water/industrial atmospheres.

Alongside this, Eltherington supplied all the aluminium elements on a 14 storey residential building in the heart of Hull. It also supplied column casings for the internationally-renowned Hull KR Rugby league stadium and various health centre buildings in the city. Eltherington, which currently employs around 200 staff, has been manufacturing high quality architectural metalwork solutions in Hull for over 50 years. The company supplies around the UK as well as international markets as far afield as America, Middle East and Russia.

Alongside its architectural solutions, Eltherington operates a metal stockholding business in the city, including a Sales Counter. The company’s extensive leisure products manufacturing business supplies many of the caravan and leisure home companies in an around Hull.

Antony Eltherington, Managing Director at Eltherington’s, said: “We are delighted to have supplied many of the buildings that are now regularly featured in Hull City of Culture material. As a company we’ve been manufacturing in Hull for over 50 years and it is fitting that we celebrate 2017 City of Culture by moving to larger premises.”

In 2016, following continued business expansion, Eltherington made a multi mullion pound investment in a new manufacturing and office facility on Hedon Road, Hull, having outgrown its existing premises on Dansom Lane South. The move to the new premises will be completed in the first half of 2017.

“It’s fair to say that Eltherington has played a small part in building Hull City of Culture over the decades,” added Antony Eltherington. “We remain one of the largest employers in Hull’s manufacturing sector and fully support all the work that City of Culture is doing to put the region on the map.”