Performance and Safety
MechSlip is a high quality, innovative product. But you don’t need to take our word for it.
Our BBA certificate fully encompasses every last structural component, mechanical connection and, crucially, the support system. So specifying MechSlip makes your task really simple.
Choosing MechSlip gives you confidence that your entire cladding system is fully compliant with the latest UK building regulations.
- When it’s installed, used and maintained in accordance with the BBA certificate, MechSlip can satisfy (or contribute to satisfying) the relevant requirements in relation to NHBC Standards, Part 6 Superstructure Chapter 6.9 Curtain Walling and Cladding.
- Information contained in our BBA certificate can assist the client, designer (including the principal designer) and contractor (including the principal contractor) to address their obligations under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
- The BBA and NHBC have approved MechSlip for use as a protective/decorative external cladding over concrete, timber frame, masonry and steel frame constructions.
Performance. Built in.
In addition to BBA accreditation and certification to British Standard EN13501-1 class 1 for fire safety, MechSlip has been extensively tested by the VINCI Technology Centre for wind resistance, water tightness and impact resistance. Lucideon assessed it for durability, freeze-thaw resistance and long-term weatherability.
Summary of Testing
CWCT (Centre for Window & Cladding Technology) Standard Test Methods for Building Envelopes determine the level of serviceability of a façade or rainscreen cladding system when subjected to typical climactic levels of water, air and solid object impact. The final classifications derived from the results depend on factors such as the maximum air pressure reached or the severity of damage after an impact.
Wind resistance – serviceability and safety
±2400 Pascals serviceability, ±3600 Pascals safety. PASS
Water tightness – dynamic pressure
600 Pascals. PASS
Reaction to fire
Classified A1 to EN13501-1:2018
Soft and hard body impact tests – Class 1 serviceability, negligible risk safety. PASS
Durability and weatherability
Hygrothermal testing to ETAG 034. PASS
Freeze/thaw testing in accordance with ETAG 017. PASS
Additional freeze/thaw resistance testing is carried out in accordance with the European method DD CEN/TS EN772-22. From the results, the bricks were classified as F2 (i.e. suitable for use in conditions of severe exposure, in accordance with BS EN771-1, specification for clay masonry units).
Castle Park View
At 98m tall, Bristol’s newest and tallest building needed the right solution for a development the size and scale of Castle Park View. MechSlip offers a peace of mind due to its stringent testing in real world environments, combining safety, aesthetic appeal and ease-of-install, while, crucially, being specifiable at height.More Information...
University House Business School
Uni of Birmingham
For an extension of this grade II listed building, Mechslip was chosen because it offered a mechanically fixed lightweight cladding system that suited the proposed method of construction, whilst also allowing the specific waterstruck brick type and English Garden Wall bond pattern dictated by the strict planning approval requirements to be easily achieved without compromise.More Information...
The Glass Works
Spanning more than 23,600 square feet, The Glass Works needed a cladding system which was easy-to-install and lightweight, while delivering that all-aesthetic appeal. MechSlip was able to deliver that. Designed with the needs of installers front of mind, convenience and ease-of-use are very much watchwords for the system.More Information...
When the accommodation block hit the headlines due to falling cladding, something needed to be done quickly. It soon became clear only MechSlip was suitable in meeting the building’s challenges.More Information...
University of Lincoln
Durability, safety and aesthetics needed to work together for the Viking House project. With the refurbishment nestled among conventionally built brick buildings there was a need for a contemporary look that mirrored the local vernacular.More Information...
30 Station Road
Home to the new Apple research base in Cambridge, only MechSlip could harmonise with the old local brick vernacular and contrast it with a stone finish front to create a striking building that is fit for its surroundings in the heart of the this UK tech region.More Information...