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StoPoren Facade Specified for Farmers Rangiora

Farmers Rangiora was closed off to the public and subsequently demolished in 2014, after sustaining critical damage from the 2011 Canterbury quakes.

The new 6,500m² Farmers Rangiora, designed by Ignite Architects and constructed by Watts & Hughes, provides an innovative building design for the retail brand while maintaining the local streetscape character and adding a revived sense of vibrancy to the town’s centre.

Ignite Architects specified Sto, incorporating the StoPoren Panel Facade System with over 900m² of exterior facade construction that was juxtaposed with dark metal cladding to break down the building's scale. Additionally 600m² of S-Protect Anti Graffiti Coating System was applied across exterior pedestrian levels.

Installed and rendered by Advanced Exterior Plastering, the StoPoren Panel Facade System is made up of 2200 x 600 x 50mm Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) panels, reinforced with ductile steel. The panels fix horizontally in a brick-like pattern, creating an economical, solid yet lightweight facade over timber or steel frame.

Also scoped were areas of 100mm thick panel; which allowed for the negative offset in the facade design.

StoPoren is a versatile building material for commercial builds thanks to it light weight, ventilated cavity design, non-combustibility and thermal and acoustic properties. The panel is not only easy to work with, but is also quick to install, lowering construction times.

The StoPoren is reinforced with a StoArmat Render System incorporating a Stolit K 1.0mm finishing render to provide maximum system longevity, security and weather resistance. This futureproofs the build with a sustainable and reliable facade, combating urban mechanical stresses and also seismic movement.

Another innovative Sto product used on Farmers Rangiora was the S-Protect Anti Graffiti Coating System, which was applied 3.0m in height across all rendered and precast panel areas. This clear coating system consists of a clear matt, water-based, two pack reactive formula that provides a hard, durable barrier that can be easily cleaned using S-Protect Sensitive or Hi Strength cleaners to remove unwanted graffiti attacks.

Farmers Rangiora is a great example of planning, communication and performance that reflects on the Sto principles of “building with conscience”. It’s great to see Farmers back in Rangiora once again.

Project: Farmers Rangiora
Architect: Ignite Architects
Construction: Watts & Hughes Construction
Sto Contractor: Advanced Exterior Plastering
Photos: Stephen Goodenough

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