Ability Plaza, 310 Kingsland Road, London

Apartment building in London, England

Project Details:



Fixing Type:

Rivet Fix





Residential: high-rise


Natural Zinc

Ability Plaza is a prestigious block of apartments, a stones throw from Haggerston overground Station in East London.

Valcan were pleased to supply Vitrabond for this refurbishment project to waterproof the staircase on the exterior of this Ability Plaza building. The project involved replacing the existing metal mesh cladding from the elevator shaft and upper stairwell. To mimic the existing colour and harmonise with the surrounding area, the architects opted for a Naturaline, Natural Metal Finish zinc.

This natural finish uses two 0.5mm zinc skins sandwiching a FR or A2 core. Zinc is naturally healing, weather resistant and forms a patina over time. Vitrabond Zinc cladding is made using a titanium alloyed zinc pickling process with pure electrolytic high grade zinc alloyed with 1% titanium and 1% copper for a strong, durable finish. zinc is highly resilient to corrosion and the elements. 

Zinc develops a natural patina over time which protects the metal itself from the elements. The panels require minimal maintenance and will not need to be recoated during their lifespan as the Zinc surface continues to develop a protective layer throughout its lifetime.

Within Valcans extensive colour range there are a number of metal finishes including natural and faux look-a-like options to suit all budget types.

Haggerston is located within the London Borough of Hackney and part of the East End of London. Hackney is a relatively young borough recently described as London’s most liveable borough. It is know to have the most active travellers with the highest percentage of walking and cycling commuters.

About Valcan VitraDual & VitraFix

Vitrabond Zinc is a natural Zinc composite cladding panel, featuring a front zinc skin on a 4mm panel or ersatz zinc which is aluminium coated with a PVDF finish to replicate the look and feel of zinc. Vitrabond Zinc makes for a fantastic façade material as it is resistant to corrosion, extremely durable and does not require costly maintenance. 

Vitrabond Zinc cladding is flexible, formable and offers unique aesthetics that make it perfect for all styles of architectural and building projects, giving the real look at only a fraction of the cost of the real metal. Our Zinc Range consists of Authentic finishes such as Glacier Grey Zinc, Smokey Blue Zinc, Gannett Green Zinc, Sonoma Red Zinc and Onyx Black Zinc and our more popular Synthetic Range which consists of Zinc Light, Zinc Dark, Zinc Charcoal and Zinc Blush.

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