Jaguar Land Rover is said to be undergoing a Nationwide re-imaging of its retail centres throughout the country under its ‘Arch’ programme, with one of the largest being in Slough.
The Slough retail centre has been constructed using external envelope cladding systems from Architectural Profiles Limited (APL) using its unique and recognisable Slimwall panel system.
APL says it is now a primary provider of cladding systems to Jaguar Land Rover having completed seven installations and with a full on-going order book.
One of the unique features of the APL System is the leaving-off the base of the cladding to allow all ground works to be completed before installing down to ground level, thus preventing the all-too-frequent damage to the completed envelope by ground workers.
The architects for this project were SRA for Stratstone and Langley Hall for Segro.
Just like the JLR range of prestige vehicles, the retail centres are now being designed to the same level of engineering precision, where cladding panel lines need to precisely align with glazing, flooring and apertures of all types both internal and external, requiring an equal level of precision from APL in the manufacture of the panels.
APL says that safety is built in; the Alucobond FR mineral filled ACM panels are non-combustible, fire tested to BS8414 and compliant with Building Regulations guidance document BR135.
Under the APL ‘Cladsafe’ banner, all APL systems are said to use non-combustible insulation whether they be for single-story or higher constructions.