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Natural Stone-faced Panels

Natural Stone-faced – cost-effective, speedy and flexible

Natural stone precast cladding is an increasingly popular technique in which precast concrete acts as a carrier for a veneer of a wide range of natural stones, including granite, limestone, slate, sandstone and marble.

Natural stone facing offers all the benefits of natural stone materials but has the following advantages:

  • Offers designer more scope, as anti-gravity features can be pre-moulded, avoiding need for cumbersome secondary support on-site
  • Enables complex features such as arches without need for centres and site cutting and fitting
  • Allows multiple stone finishes in each panel
  • Can include windows, doors etc (as with all precast cladding)
  • Panels can be pre-insulated
  • Components accurately manufactured off-site
  • Greater quality control
  • Can be manufactured in large sizes; typically grid width x storey height – this lowers cost and increases the speed of enclosure compared to hand-set brickwork
  • Reduces site programme and thus site prelims
  • Reduces number of site movements and waste; tidier, safer environment
  • Achieves building weather tightness much more quickly
  • No scaffolding required
  • Reduction of wet trades on site
  • Acoustic benefits
  • Fire-resistant
  • Reduction of waste
  • Very low maintenance and lifecycle costs
  • Offers reduced overall cladding zone (compared to conventional stone cladding), resulting in greater net lettable area

It also incorporates the use of slip membranes and mechanical as opposed to adhesive bonding.

Natural Stone-faced

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