Aquarian Cladding shortlisted at Façade Awards UK for Thurrock project

Aquarian Cladding Systems has been shortlisted for ‘Best use of brick slip cladding system’ at the 2022 Façade Awards UK – and will be looking to win the award for the second year in a row.

Last year, the specialist supplier of external brick cladding systems won for its supply of Gebrik on the Better New Addington Leisure and Community Centre.

This year, it’s for the supply of MechSlip to specialist cladding contractor A2O Ltd on the Thurrock Civic Centre in Essex, constructed by Kier (Eastern) Ltd, that’s set to kick-start huge regeneration plans for Thurrock, which has impressed the judges.


After considering several brick cladding options, LSI Architects specified the mechanically-fixed, non-combustible MechSlip clay brick cladding system, supplied by Aquarian, to achieve a through-coloured, textured brick façade of sufficient mass to ensure a statement building.

Working with Kier, it was proven by A2O to be the most effective and robust solution to achieve the required quality, performance and safety while meeting the budget and programme requirements.

Jazz Rigden, Aquarian Cladding’s Sales Director, said: “Having showcased our Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System on the New Addington Centre project last year, we are delighted to make this year’s shortlist for Thurrock and shine the spotlight on MechSlip.

“There were so architectural features to the façade, and it was the level of attention to detail, during the design and installation process by A2O, that was key to the success of the facades package. As a result, the finished building is an authentic example of the versatility of MechSlip and workmanship of the installation team.”

The winners will be announced on Friday, November 4 at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

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