Kirkstone Inspires Distinctive Reception Area at New University Building

Kirkstone, the specialists in Cumbrian slate and durable, high-quality imported architectural stone, has demonstrated the craftsmanship of its natural Silver Green slate flooring on a new extension and renovation project of the Samuel Lindow Building at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Cumbrian campus.

Specified by the building and interior designers for the project, HM Architecture, Kirkstone’s Silver Green slate was used to create a distinctive reception and formal function area of the Samuel Lindow Building, satisfying the client’s requirements for a high quality, multi-functional space that included a different finish to other University buildings. The unique markings and shading of the Silver Green volcanic slate provided a rich contrast to oak panelling used in the interior, with the slate’s features enhanced by the reception atrium that allows natural light to pour into the building.

HM Architecture achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ for the new building in-line with UCLan’s specifications for the project. Kirkstone were able to contribute to this rating as a local supplier to the scheme who is able to provide an easy to maintain flooring solution thanks to the hard-wearing characteristics and honed finish of its Silver Green slate.

Mark Deverill, Partner at HM Architecture comments:

“This is the first time we have worked with Kirkstone’s products and we are delighted with the quality. Our client wanted a more discerning finish for this building different from typical University building specifications and Kirkstone’s slate combined excellent quality with durability to match the architectural design features of the building. We selected the Silver Green slate for its natural characteristics and markings and the material provided a seamless fit with the overall design and functionality of the new building.”

“We have great confidence in the quality of our natural slate products,” adds Nick Fecitt, Managing Director of Kirkstone. “Indigenous materials add a ‘local’ feel to a building, and architects and designers can take advantage of these high-quality materials, such as our own Silver Green slate quarried in the hills of the Lake District, without needing to turn to alternative man-made, engineered products. We’re very proud to have been involved in such a prominent local project.”

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