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JD Sports, Belfast, Northern Ireland

the project

Product: Rieder lightweight GRC

Colour: Ivory

Finish: Matte

Amount: 95m² flat panels & 381 linear meters of Formparts

Architect: Brinkworth

The panels were selected to provide a strong and natural concrete external façade to this brand-new JD sports store on the main shopping strip in Belfast. The facade material needed to create a strong contemporary aesthetic adding stature to this new building sandwiched between two traditional buildings on either side, one with mainly brick features and the other all in stone.

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the process

Large-scale vertical column panels and horizontal spandrel feature panels added stature and structure to the inside and outside façade while framing the large expanse of glazing. The GRC panels, manufactured by Rieder and fabricated, assembled and supplied by Pura Facades were made in a light ivory grey in large shaped formats to grid the façade and provide a seamless flow from inside to outside. The industrial sleek design offers an external facade look to the inside front wall of the store which sits well in this urban context. The design included a textured pattern on the surface, to reflect the client’s logo design on certain panels.

The lightweight GRC panels work well in this large format and are fitted using off-the-shelf aluminium components, for speed and availability. The concealed fixing system was all metal and designed so all components sit behind the panels and are affixed using the Kiel anchor and bolt system securing the panels with hangers onto pre-installed aluminium rails.

The A1-rated incombustible GRC panels had to be manufactured and installed to the millimetre to ensure that the panel joints were perfect on this prestige shopfront on an iconic shopping street.

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