Vivalda Group launches new aluminium cladding system

VIVALDA Group has launched MetSkin, a new UK designed and manufactured solid aluminium cladding system for residential high-rise or municipal projects.

Supplied as a whole tested and warranted system, the product is manufactured within the group by Cumbernauld-based MSP Façade Solutions.

Available in Interlocking Plank (2mm thickness), Hook-on Cassette (3mm thickness) or Tray Panel (3mm thickness) Systems, MetSkin is fabricated using ‘premium grade’ non-flammable, solid aluminium sheet. Once formed, this is powder coated on-site to Qualicoat standard. The chrome-free process is undertaken by sister company Prism Powder Coating, which has also gained Akzo Nobel approved applicator status.

In addition to being available in more than 740 RAL colours, MetSkin can be supplied in an A1 anodised finish or A1 PVDF pre-coated aluminium, providing architects and specifiers with ‘limitless’ creative possibilities.

Andy Thomas, trading director at Vivalda Group, said, “MetSkin represents an important step for us, adding the manufacture of a fully tested system to our established business as the UK’s biggest cladding distributor. While we are already well-known by contractors for the supply of world-class, non-flammable cladding materials including fibre cement, GRC, terracotta and solid aluminium, it’s exciting to be able to provide customers with our own fully approved and tested envelope system.

“We see a significant market for this product in the UK, on both new build and retrofit developments. We have worked hard during the two-year development phase to create a complete solution for architects and specifiers – matching existing colours or helping them bring to life their latest vision. For contractors, this means that we supply a total A-rated, tested system, including fixings, rails and ancillary products such as membranes and insulation as required.

“We’ve designed MetSkin with creativity in mind, which allows the use of various substructure configurations, without compromising on the safety or aesthetics of the façade. We’ve also not forgotten about contractors and made our system easy to order and easy to install.”

MetSkin has been tested to CWCT standards at an accredited test centre and is distributed exclusively through the Vivalda Group, which includes Vivalda, BBS Facades and Pura Facades.

Project Scotland recently attended a special press day at the Cumbernauld site, where the product was unveiled. A full report and images from the day will appear in an upcoming edition of the magazine.