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Terracotta-faced Panels

Terracotta-faced precast panels – less cost, more speed

Terracotta-faced precast cladding, like Brick-faced, offer lots of benefits over the traditional building methods, offering:

  • Cost efficiencies, including cost-effective production of large components
  • Speed of construction and speedy site times
  • Simplified logistics
  • No scaffolding/external hoisting, etc
  • Reduction of wet trades on site
  • Acoustic benefits
  • Fire-resistant
  • Reduction of waste

Off-site prefabrication increases on-site productivity, especially if the panelisation scheme uses the largest units that are feasible. Reduction of on-site activities reduces costs, shortens construction periods and cuts interim financing costs.

Terracotta-faced cladding advantages

  • Offers designer more scope, as anti-gravity features can be pre-moulded, avoiding need for cumbersome secondary support on-site
  • Allows multiple terracotta 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 terracotta
  • 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
  • Very low maintenance and lifecycle costs
  • Offers reduced overall cladding zone, resulting in greater net lettable area


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