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News - London - 15.04.2017

Meet, Greet and Be Inspired at Leather Lane

One of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of central London, once-industrial Clerkenwell has long been renowned as a hive of architectural activity. Within this tangle of streets is nestled the newest addition to this community: 49 Leather Lane is Schlüter-Systems’ latest collaborative venture in the heart of the capital.

This project is a joint showroom, for which Pentagon Tiles has partnered with Schlüter-Systems Ltd and Ardex. The unassuming exterior conceals a tactile project with a dual purpose—this is not only a place for display, but also for discussion. Architects are invited to hold meetings at 49 Leather Lane, where they can observe the details incorporated into the renovation, experience products in situ and gain inspiration. Examples of Schlüter’s innovative technologies are abundant, giving direct examples of the benefits associated with installation.

Coming through the main entrance, visitors first find themselves in a smart reception area, the walls and floors of which are installed with Schlüter’s versatile electric surface heating system, Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-E and integrated with appropriate profiles. Advancing further into the building, a wetroom (a fully functioning convenience for the showroom) demonstrates the various effects and features that can be achieved using products from the Schlüter®-KERDI range—including shower niches, shower trays and linear drainage solutions, as well as the multi-functional Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD installation board—which combine to create a CE-marked waterproofing solution. The integration of IP67-compliant Schlüter®-LIPROTEC illuminated profiles allows for unique lighting scenes.

At the rear of the building, three shipping containers have been combined to form additional showroom and meeting spaces, again installed with Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-E. The walls of this area are clad with large-format tiles, mitred beautifully to give the impression of stone slabs and Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD provides the perfect substrate to underlay and support the installation. In climbing an aged Corten steel staircase echoing the history of the area, a fourth container—functioning as a hot-desking office—comes into view, boasting a full-length glazing which perfectly frames the surrounding landscape. This intimate space again features Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD and Schlüter®-LIPROTEC, and the terrace upon which it sits makes use of Schlüter®-DITRA-DRAIN, to provide effective drainage and uncoupling for another stretch of large-format tiles, installed across the area.

Finally, a step back inside and a walk to the left reveals the Porcelain Gallery, installed with the floor substrate Schlüter®-BEKOTEC and the hydronic underfloor heating system Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM. Samples and assemblies on show allow visitors to choose their product experience. A wicket door within the large wooden double doors once used for deliveries then leads back onto the bustling street. With the opening of these gates during the numerous events anticipated to be held as this space gets into its stride, its thresholds will blur, integrating into the community surrounding its creation.

49 Leather Lane is open and available to host your next architectural meeting.

For booking enquiries, please email specifier@schluter.co.uk or call 01530 813396.

Contact Schlüter-Systems Ltd

Units 3-5 Bardon 22,
Beveridge Lane, Coalville,
Leicestershire, LE67 1TE
Phone: +44 (0) 1530 813396

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