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A group of students abandoned traditional materials to create their latest works of art – opting for a ground-breaking product which is easier to use and mould into the designs they were looking for.
The outside-the-box thinking resulted in some eye-catching and innovative creations which could change the way students view and tackle projects in the future.
Students at Bedford College were taken with the flexibility of Jesmonite in their work, being able to easily work and craft the material into anything they wanted.
It came about when Faye Chandler, course manager for HE 3D Design, discovered Jesmonite at New Designers – a national event championing and celebrating design.
It prompted a call to Jesmonite’s headquarters in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, and the collaboration led to a new direction for the students.
“After discovering the work of Katie Gilles at New Designers and being amazed at the diversity of Jesmonite, I contacted the company and they kindly offered to set up a workshop for the students,” said Faye.
“This was so successful that I decided to approach the company about a live project. I was aware by this time that the company works closely with students and graduates, supporting the creative use of their product.
“We set a brief for the students to independently and creatively explore the characteristics and surface qualities of Jesmonite referencing what they had learnt in their workshop.
“This allowed the students to really experiment and explore diverse outcomes and the potential of this fantastic material. The students really enjoyed the project, saying in feedback it was their favourite material to work with, and we hope to run it again next year.
“Jesmonite is so totally different to anything we have worked with, it’s so flexible, safe to handle and can be crafted and blended into anything and any colour you can imagine. It’s really opened our eyes to some amazing possibilities.”
Tim Sharman, Jesmonite sales director, said: “We were delighted to be of service to Bedford College. We have an ongoing policy of helping schools and colleges whenever we can and are finding more are coming to us asking about using Jesmonite in a whole host of projects.
“It is so easy to use, light and a safe alternative for a great many projects, such as building schemes and art and crafts. It has the unique capability of being able to mimic anything and its versatility makes it an ideal option for projects such as this.
“The Bedford College students have come up with some innovative creations and I was particularly taken with the light switches and clock. It just show the intricate detail that can be obtained using Jesmonite.”
Jesmonite have helped HSBC meet its environmental commitments by assisting with the building of a new headquarters in Birmingham by creating a feature wall in the reception area of the new offices.
Managing director, Piran Littleton said: “We are delighted to have been part of the green credentials HSBC has striven for in the development of its new UK headquarters in Birmingham.
The new office had to fit in with HSBC’s global commitment to reducing carbon emissions and has been awarded the Gold Accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Jesmonite AC730 was used to create a feature wall in the reception area of the main foyer, not only because of its chameleon-like ability to match the surroundings so effectively but more importantly because of the green qualities it possesses – particularly compared to more traditional building materials.”
Feathercast Limited, one of Jesmonite’s manufacturing partners, was involved in the design and delivery of the project. The firm’s managing director, Emma Pearson, said: “The main foyer had to represent the whole build so not only did we consider the aesthetic appeal of Jesmonite, we also considered how we could reduce the environmental impact of our project. The restricted space we were working in required us to avoid the use of heavy machinery in the fixing of the façade. The choice of Jesmonite’s light-weight materials enabled us to achieve this whilst at the same reducing the carbon output. Factors such as the non-combustibility, flexibility and strength to weight ratios also featured in the decision making.”
The new headquarters at 1 Centenary Square in Birmingham has a number of key features helping HSBC’s commitment to the environment. It has external glazing made of 25% recycled materials and a thermal coating to increase overall energy performance.
The building is also fitted with energy-efficient LED lighting, all timber used in the project came from sustainable sources approved by the Forest Stewardship Council and steel in the construction contains a minimum of 20% recycled materials.
Jesmonite AC730 contains no volatile organic compounds, is fire rated A2-s1, d0 under the harmonised Euroclass system and is a water-based acrylic composite and therefore has a low carbon footprint impact.
Congratulations to Feathercast Limited, an approved manufacturer of Jesmonite who have been awarded a contract to supply decorative bronze effect panels for a luxury cruise ship. All Jesmonite materials have been tested under the Euroclass System of reaction to fire but in order to win the contract Feathercast had to demonstrate the safety of the materials to International Maritime Organisation standards (IMO).
The Jesmonite AC730 Flex Metal composite was successfully tested under IMO Resolution MSC 307 (88) Annex 1: Parts 2 and 5 by Exova, Warrington Fire. The criteria for smoke generation, toxicity and low flame spread were all successfully achieved in compliance with IMO regulations and the International Convention for Safety of life at Sea, 1974.
Jesmonite welcomes back its Technical Manager, Kamil Krasicki, following some time out from the business for a period of educational leave to undertake a Masters degree in Chemical Technology, specialising in Polymer Technology.
Managing director, Mark Lennock, said Kamil and the technical team were now working on new material enhancements and innovations, with the aim of adding to the Jesmonite range of award-winning finishes.
Mr Lennock said: “I think it’s fair to say that Kamil’s technical knowledge in our line of work is among the best in the world.
“And now that is a Master of Science in Chemical Technology, specialising in Polymer Technology, he is full of new ideas about how we can push the boundaries even further and take Jesmonite to the next level.
“Kamil’s technical knowledge and business acumen are really making a positive difference to Jesmonite, and I am very excited about his future with us.”
Meanwhile, there has also been a development in the accounting team at Jesmonite, with Sophie Bevan completing the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting – Level 4.
Mr Lennock added: “We are so proud to be able to call Sophie our Company Accountant and of the tremendous effort that Sophie has put into her training.
“She has been an inspiration to us all with her upbeat attitude in spite of very trying demands being made on her time – the diploma took three years of committed studying, during which Sophie continued with her day job of keeping everything finance-related at Jesmonite in order.”
Jesmonite materials have recently been tested or retested in accordance with EN 13501-1 under the harmonised Euroclass System of reaction to fire performance of building products which has been adopted by countries across Europe. Under this system building products are divided into the following seven classes on the basis of their reaction to fire properties:
Class – Definitions
A1– Non combustible / A2 – Non combustible / B – Very limited contribution to fire / C – Limited contribution to fire / D – Medium or acceptable contribution to fire / E – High contribution to fire / F – Easily flammable
Classes A2 to D also have the additional following classes relating to smoke emission and the production of flaming droplets during the first ten minutes of exposure:
SMOKE EMISSION (Class – Definitions)
s1 – Little or no smoke / s2 – Quite a lot of smoke / s3 – Substantial smoke
FLAMING DROPLETS (Class – Definitions)
d0 – None / d1 – Some / d2 – Quite a lot
The tests on Jesmonite materials were carried out by Exova Warrington Fire a world leader in the provision of testing and advisory services with the following results being achieved:
|Jesmonite material||EN 13501-1 Classification|
|AC100||B – s1, d0|
|AC300||B – s1, d0|
|AC730||A2 – s1, d0|
|AC730 Flex Metal Composites||B – s1, d0|
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The Jesmonite world continues to grow as we welcome two new Jesmonite distributors, Cermat Limited in Israel and Nezhna-Banat Limited in Bulgaria.
As Jesmonite becomes known to more and more of the world’s most innovative designers and architects we will continue to extend our distribution network to reach customers around the globe.
The Avenues Mall in Kuwait is one of the largest malls in the world with more than 800 stores spread over the seven districts. The Avenues Phase IV expansion was officially opened on Thursday 22 March 2018, by his highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al Sabah.
A combination of Jesmonite AC100 and AC730 totalling approximately 25,000kg was extensively specified for a number of retail brands including H&M, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton and Chanel for bespoke decorative architectural elements. Many of the Jesmonite features are inspired by the Roman and Greek architecture of centuries past to create a unique shopping experience within the Lower Forum.
Jesmonite materials were selected by the global architecture design firm Gensler who were tasked with designing the expansion. Gensler, who had specified Jesmonite on earlier phases, required a material solution which could be easily adapted to match specific colour references whilst replicating original decorative elements. Jesmonite offers the most versatile replication materials within the building industry and provides solutions to practical issues including safety and aesthetic quality. All Jesmonite materials are water-based, solvent free and environmentally friendly.
The lightweight Jesmonite columns, capitals and cladding panels were supplied and fixed by Alarabi International Decoration Co who are an approved Jesmonite manufacturer based in Kuwait. The team at Alarabi offer exceptional design, mould making and manufacturing skills enabling them to exploit the versatility of Jesmonite. Alarabi worked closely with Gensler and the two main contractors; Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Co and WP Engineering/Ayala International Co to devise sustainable and fully integrated Jesmonite solutions.
The Avenues Phase IV was the latest project for Alarabi who have worked extensively with Jesmonite over many years on a number of prestigious projects throughout the Gulf Region. These projects include a range of private residences and the recently refurbished UAE Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Lionsgate and Dubai Parks and Resorts have partnered to celebrate the world’s first Hunger Games theme park which was officially opened in October 2017. The World of the Hunger Games commenced operations last month in the Lionsgate zone at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park.
Jesmonite AC730 and AC100 were extensively used for thematic elements, plaques and external columns throughout The World of the Hunger Games attraction.
This combination of Jesmonite material solutions allowed the project designers to implement their design ideas without weight and safety constraints. Jesmonite products are lightweight alternatives to traditional materials such as stone and concrete and also a safe alternative to solvent based resin materials. All Jesmonite materials are water-based, solvent free and contain zero VOC’s making them the perfect solution for the most ambitious theme park projects.
The Zoological Society London and Ray Hole Architects (RHA) were responsible for designing a new enclosure to provide state of the art facilities for a breeding group of endangered Asiatic lions. The Land of the Lions attraction within London Zoo was officially opened by HM The Queen accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Jesmonite AC730 was utilised for the entirety of the themed environment in order to create an authentic Indian village environment typical of those in the Gir Forest. These AC730 set works include 85 metres of rockwork to create cliff structures and a ruined Indian fort which is 30 metres in length and five metres high. The client required a material solution which was lightweight for ease of transportation and installation, whilst the AC730 also needed to be colour matched and colour washed to achieve a bespoke surface finish.
“Jesmonite is fast becoming Paragon Creative’s number one post coating and laminating material. We have used the material in hundreds of projects all over the world and are constantly surprised by its versatility and amazed by its durability in the extreme environments of installation. We hope that we can continue to work with Jesmonite, using their product innovatively and creatively.”
David Bloodworth – Creative Director, Paragon Creative
This exciting Westfield Whitford City redevelopment in Perth, Australia specified 450sqm of Jesmonite AC830 exterior cladding panels.
With the project being located near to the Indian Ocean the client required a bespoke AC830 colour which mimicked a sand-like textured surface finish whilst also achieving an excellent fire resistance. The exceptional properties of AC830 used in conjunction with Jesmonite Quadaxial Glass Reinforcement meant that lightweight panels up to 3sqm could be created, easily transported and installed on site.
“These projects are excellent examples of how Jesmonite material solutions can be utilised to create a whole host of high end finished products. Jesmonite has been a huge success in Western Australia and we are now looking forward to expanding Jesmonite’s presence across the whole of Australia”.
Mark Stocks – Managing Director, Jesmonite Australia PTY
The Crown Towers Hotel in Perth is the largest hotel constructed in Western Australia, incorporating 500 luxury rooms, suites and villas within a world-class resort complex.
The project designers needed to develop a 155sqm decorative petal ceiling and 150sqm lattice ceiling in both the Epicurean Restaurant and Waiting Room. Jesmonite AC100 was selected as the material choice for both ceiling designs due to its adaptability for moulded applications. AC100 is the ultimate chameleon material and can replicate virtually any surface, shape, colour, or texture which gave the designers freedom to create their concepts without limitation.
The Mather Mall Redevelopment Project worked with appointed architects Mather Architecture in Canberra Shopping Centre to deliver a bespoke solution with a number of benefits.
The project required a material which could replicate a concrete surface finish whilst also offering lightweight bespoke shapes and sizes for both interior ceiling tiles and spandrel panels.
To accomplish a consistent decorative surface finish Jesmonite AC730 was specified for 805sqm of ceiling tiles and spandrel panels. It also offered greater levels of impact resistance and reduced free-lime content, with low alkalinity, leading to major reductions in efflorescence in comparison with ordinary portland cement systems.
The 2017 London Design Fair aims to introduce the most interesting and boundary-pushing materials and processes at play in the modern design world. This year Jesmonite has been named London Design Fair’s Material of the Year. A number of Jesmonite surface designers will be showcasing how the ultimate chameleon material can replicate virtually any surface, shape, colour, or texture which gives designers freedom to create their concepts without limitation.
“We saw lots of products in 2015 and 2016 which we really liked and were particularly intrigued by. We presumed that they were ceramics that had taken on colour amazingly well but, when we scratched the surface, we discovered that they were made from Jesmonite. We didn’t know anything about the material and we wanted to find out more. There is nothing that really inspires a designer more than a new material to play with and Jesmonite is the ultimate exploration. Too few people know what it is, who is using it, and what it enables designers to achieve. You can make anything using Jesmonite.”
Jimmy McDonald – Founder and Director, London Design Fair
One of the designers who has wholeheartedly embraced Jesmonite is Ariane Prin, founder of PRIN London, who was invited to create the site-specific Rustiles installation at the heart of the ‘Material of the Year’ showcase.
Working with masters created by PRIN London, Jesmonite-casting specialist Feathercast Limited developed tile moulds that allow the Jesmonite mix to set into tiles – each of which will be unique. The tiles will be used to create a distinctive mosaic of colour and texture that visitors to London Design Fair will be able to enter and explore.
Complementing Rustiles, a variety of other Jesmonite objects and products will be on show, including work by 2017 rising talent Zuza Mengham and surface designer Katie Gillies. In its entirety, the showcase offers the London Design Fair audience an eye-opening insight into one of the most promising materials that today’s designers have at their disposal, and sets the bar high for future Material of the Year exhibitions.
The creative potential of Jesmonite was reviewed by Barbara Chandler in last week’s London Evening Standard.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new and truly international website.
Both the site content and all technical literature has been translated into eight languages and we hope this will be of great assistance in supporting our overseas clients and distributors and to help Jesmonite find new markets around the world.