#4 Leon Restaurant, Leeds – Leon with Gordian Building Solutions
Leon’s new restaurant in Leeds benefits from Patina Rough 545, a light coloured fibre cement cladding panel. It was chosen because it complements the retailer’s corporate colours as well as creating a visually interesting façade. The subtle, natural finish on the fibre cement panels reflect light differently, creating a more engaging façade compared to a smooth surfaced cladding panel. In addition, Patina Rough is a durable fibre cement board, so will provide Leon with a low maintenance façade.
Gordian was chosen as the supplied of the fibre cement Patina Rough panels because of its expertise in supplying precision panels on demanding lead times. This ensured a rapid build on site, with a successful handover of the façade exactly to schedule.
Once in place the panels develop a natural, hardwearing patina. However, the velvety surface, like most cladding panels, can be damaged and so Gordian had to devote close attention to handling during cutting, fabrication and delivering. It was Gordian’s expertise in fabricating and handling large cladding panels that steered the customer towards fibre cement. It was the texture, subtle colour and surface variation that attracted the decision team at Leon to the Rough Patina 545.
The colour chosen was 545, which has hues and textures of natural, off-white limestone. The client particularly liked the look and feel of 545, after viewing all the samples presented by Gordian.
The single largest challenge on this project was identifying a cladding panel that met the demanding aesthetics expectations of Leon. In addition, these had to be supplied as large panel format to create the visual effect that the customer was looking for.