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Wheelabrator has added its finishing touches to the stainless-steel cladding used in a regeneration project at London’s Wood Lane Underground Station.

The predominant feature of this project is the shot peen finished stainless-steel cladding.

This specialised finish has been applied to the surface of the material by Impact Finishers, a division of designer and manufacturer of surface preparation solutions, Wheelabrator.

The Wood Lane contract forms part of the Westfield Regeneration Project and the station is situated next to the Westfield indoor shopping complex.

When the client looked for a product to clad the heavy footfall areas of this station, the material and the finish had to be robust, durable and resistant to corrosion and anti-social behaviour.

As the cladding is very prominent, the aesthetics had to be contemporary and in keeping with a modern regenerated environment.

The product also needed to be recyclable, hygienic and easy to clean.

In order to fulfil the specified and exacting cosmetic criteria, Wheelabrator was chosen to produce the specialist shot peened finish on the stainless-steel cladding material, supplied by main cladding contractor McGrath Group of Northern Ireland.

A shot peened finish is created by impacting spherical particles onto the surface of the material under controlled conditions.

The particles generate an even, continuous, unbroken pattern and simultaneously create a work-hardened surface.

The effect of work hardening increases the material’s resistance to anti-social behaviour scratching and also increases the resistance of the stainless steel to corrosion.

There is no coating applied to the surface and the finish is potentially ever lasting, resulting in no environmental impact from paint product application or tatty degenerating coatings requiring expensive maintenance in years to come.

With health and safety in mind, the surface is smooth to touch and, importantly for train drivers, low in reflectivity.

Cleaning can be carried out with just soap and water or with a recommended stainless-steel cleaner.

‘We were chosen to undertake this project at Wood Lane because of our proven ability to provide the particular finish required at a competitive price and within stringent delivery times,’ said Chris Pallot, business development manager for the Impact Finishers peening services.

‘The consistency, durability and longevity of a Wheelabrator shot peened finish is now evidenced by the repeat projects we are receiving,’ he added.

Wheelabrator Group, the world leader in surface preparation technology has merged with DISA Group, the biggest name in moulding and casting technology, to form the world’s leading metallic parts improvement company*. The united organisation offers over 200 years expertise and experience, employs 2200 people over 5 continents, has 5 technology centres (France, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark) and a further 5 manufacturing facilities (India, Czech Republic, China, USA and Poland).

Wheelabrator has a reputation for innovation spanning 100 years and it’s surface preparation equipment is designed to clean, strengthen and polish metallic surfaces. Wheelabrator utilises airblast, wheelblast and vibratory mass finishing technologies to deliver these benefits to customers in over 100 countries and serves such diverse industries as Aerospace, Automotive Energy, Foundry, Medical Components, Rail and Marine.

Wheelabrator Plus is the aftermarket division of Wheelabrator providing spare parts, service and services. Through its services customers are able to extend the life of existing equipment via training, maintenance and equipment modernisation programmes, deferring the need to spend money on new equipment, but still stay ahead of the game in terms of innovation, first class production efficiency, output, environmental responsibility and sustainability.

*Norican Group is the parent company of Wheelabrator and DISA.

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