Thanks to our robust worldwide distribution network we’re also privileged to see our premium facade showcased in esteemed international architectural publications.

Below you will find some of our latest press releases, case studies and advertisements.


Architects Journal

We’re extremely proud to have been involved in this iconic, award-winning project with the supply of our Petrarch reconstituted stone rainscreen. 

For a building with such status and heritage, both St George PLC and tp bennett turned to rainscreen and framing solutions which would not only capture exactly the right image and retain the splendour of a bygone age, yet stand up to the most demanding requirements. 

Our impressive Filmworks Petrarch project – the result of an exciting collaboration with Richardson Roofing, and talented architect tp bennett for our client St George PLC took away Best Refurbishment project in 2022 Facade Awards. (Mark Allen Group)

‘Ealing has long been synonymous with British cinema. The former Art Deco Empire Cinema, originally designed by John Stanley Beard, is a key heritage asset and a landmark for the Filmworks development.

From the outset, we took care to sensitively restore and carefully integrate the retained façade of the cinema building with the new commercial accommodation at ground floor and residential above.

This involved extensive co-ordination with the building conservation specialists and detailing of the interface between the existing elevation and the new building. The use of a reconstituted stone rainscreen cladding and black glazed bricks complement the cinema’s existing faience and stonework along with open metal work frames mimicking the existing railings. The newly integrated façade is given further prominence with subtle uplighting at night.’ Jim Arthur.

Read the full story in Architects’ Journal

(Outstanding photography by Photography by Nick Hufton, HUFTON & CROW LTD)

Petrarch clad UCONN Student Recreation Centre wins 2021 NIRSA Award

JCJ Architecture is pleased to announce that The Student Recreation Center at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) has been recognized as an Outstanding Facility of Merit in the 2021 NIRSA Awards. Petrarch reconstituted stone rainscreen is the primary façade cladding.

Ealing Filmworks (tp bennett), UCONN (Omnis, JCJ ARCHITECTURE, Moody Nolan) and Downer Designer have all been beautifully presented in the latest RIBA London directory. (Zinc Media Group) (p44.)

We’ve been proud to have supplied our reconstituted stone rainscreen to these iconic and award-winning schemes. Not only do these projects reflect the versatility and potential of Petrarch in its application on both refurb and new build developments, they also demonstrate how it can work beautifully alongside diverse building materials.

Whether blending in harmony with an existing facade or creating a striking contemporary contrast, Petrarch allows you to unlock the potential.

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(Outstanding photography by Photography by Nick Hufton, HUFTON & CROW LTD)

Building Construction Design
Petrarch reconstituted stone rainscreen & Downer Framing take the limelight…

Awards. In the frame…

APS’ Downer framing is also in the running in this year’s Facade Awards 2022, in conjunction with premium quality facade solutions, including Swisspearl fibre-cement cladding panels and Petrarch reconstituted stone rainscreen facade.

The Filmworks actually features an APS trilogy – Petrarch and two of Downer’s framing systems. 

The Filmworks, in the London Borough of Ealing, which has been shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category, features Downer’s DCS031 HELPING HAND® framing system and DCS004 secret fix system, alongside parent company Architectural Panel Systems’ Petrarch reconstituted stone rainscreen facade. 

Set behind the retained historic art deco facade of Ealing’s former Empire Cinema, the £100 million mixed-use regeneration scheme comprises more than 200 new homes overlooking a central square, lined with bars and restaurants, and featuring a double- height entrance foyer to the eight-screen Picturehouse Cinema, the biggest outside London’s West End.

The Petrarch panels and Downer framing systems were specified by architects TP Bennett, predominantly for their recyclability, sustainability and high durability, and they were installed by specialist sub-contractor Richardson Roofing.

Richardson Roofing’s contracts coordinator Krissy Dawson said: “The team really do know their products well and were very helpful. Despite this being a somewhat difficult site with delivery booking requirements, they worked with us to optimise logistics for just-in-time deliveries.”

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