Stone Panels, Inc. Readies Glasgow for Commonwealth Games

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City in need of renovations before hosting international event.

Stone Panels, Inc. (SPI) is helping Glasgow prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The preparation, known as the Eastgate Project, is intended to improve the buildings in east Glasgow in time for the international, multi-sport event.

The buildings’ red sandstone, quarried from the Cumbrian Coast, was sent to Stone Panels, Inc. headquarters in Texas where it was fixed to SPI’s alumnium honeycomb backing. Simon Walsh of Cooper Cromar Architects requested StoneLite® panels from SPI because of the lightweight capabilites, quick installation time and his previous experience using StoneLite® panels. In addition, Walsh was pleased that the panels could be as large as 1.5m x 900mm, whereas hand-set stone would’ve been half the size, and the panels could be brought to the project at any time, unlike hand setting.

“The absolute beauty of the Stone Panels system is that it’s a one stop shop,” Walsh said.

David Turner, Clad UK Ltd., noticed how well the buildings’ design lent itself to StoneLite® panels, despite the complexities. The completed panels, which were fabricated into the required shapes and sizes, were secured onto a Kingspan steel frame system and simply attached to the backing. The buildings’ renovations are a step in the right direction in order to prepare Glasgow for the historical event.

The Eastgate Project will be ongoing until its completion in time for the Commonwealth Games, July 23 - August 3, 2014.

For more information about working with Stone Panels, Inc. in the UK, Ireland and throughout Europe, email info[at]stonepanels[dot]com or call (469) 635-5000.


StoneLite® panels were developed and patented more than 44 years ago in Ireland. Production came to the United States in 1983 and moved to their current 175,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in Coppell, Texas in 2002. The first notable exterior cladding project in the United States was a five-story office building in Dallas completed in 1980.

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