Located on Moorehouse Avenue in Christchurch, Spotlight’s newest store features a large main structure with grey and white striped aluminium cladding, and a smaller glazed box that sits as if ‘slotted’ into the main structure — providing a visual focal point and leading customers to the entrance.
For the cladding of this glazed entrance, the clients wanted a black cladding that would complement the striped aluminium of the main structure. They also needed the cladding to be long-lasting and backed by a long-term warranty — something which is hard to find with darker claddings.
Adding to this challenge was the height of the structure which extends beyond the roof of the rest of the building. While ACP cladding was initially specified, this would not meet NZBC fire compliance for buildings over 10m in height, meaning an alternative non-combustible cladding material was required.
An ideal solution was found with Alibuild A2 Plus — a 4mm-thick aluminium composite material cladding with a PVDF paint finish and mineral FR core. Alibuild A2 Plus is compliant with NZBC fire regulations for buildings over 10m in height, making it ideal for commercial projects such as the new Spotlight store. The fire performance of the cladding is supported by BRANZ testing and a CodeMark certificate for added assurance.
In addition to its excellent fire performance, the Alibuild A2 Plus cladding met all requirements for the Spotlight project — it is durable, cost-efficient, comes with a long-term warranty and could provide the modern look required.
Over 420m² of Alibuild A2 Plus cladding in Black Satin was installed for the project. Installation went smoothly with the lightweight Alibuild A2 Plus cladding installed using elevated work platforms, reducing scaffolding costs.
For Stratco, Alibuild was the ideal choice for the new store. “Alibuild A2 Plus is low-cost, low-maintenance and non-combustible,” he says. “It achieved the look and colour the clients wanted while meeting the fire requirements.”
The final result is a sleek on-brand look for the new Spotlight store, with Alibuild A2 Plus providing a long-lasting finish backed by a 20-year panel warranty for added peace of mind.