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RCI April 2017

Zink CLADDING & SHEETING 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Making waves Cedral Lap is designed so the planks are overlapped when installed, creating 046 APRIL 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless The Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel and Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) have been used as part of a £40m mental health facility in the heart of Leigh, in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Atherleigh Park is an integral part of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s strategy to deliver world-class mental health, learning disability and community services for the Wigan borough. The hospital has been designed by AFL Architects to provide a positive and safe space for patients and staff that both functionally and aesthetically seeks to engage with the local community. Constructed by Kier Liverpool, the 3.9 hectare site will offer high quality inpatient services for adults suffering with mental ill-health, short-stay intermediate care for patients with dementia and memory conditions, and a specialist unit for older people with mental ill-health. The building has a welcoming redcedar clad entrance with tall windows to mimic the glazing of the local shops, containing a main reception, cafe and space for local charities and services. In the first phase of the project which comprises the adult wards, entrance area, café and staff offices, 6,350m² of the Kingspan TEK Building System was installed as part of a hybrid structural frame. The Kingspan TEK Building System panels form the structure of the single storey areas whilst a steel frame overclad system was fitted in the twostorey areas, with the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel being used as infills. The initial plans to use a lightweight steel option for the whole building were changed to the Kingspan TEK Building System, as Neil Milling from AFL explained: “During early design discussions, we reviewed a number of construction systems with Kier Liverpool. To meet the relatively short construction programme, we chose to use the Kingspan TEK Building System in order to maximise off-site construction and minimise installation time whilst also delivering excellent fabric performance.” The 142mm thick Kingspan TEK Building System and Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel installed at the hospital comprise an OSB/3 facing either side of a highly insulated core and can deliver U-values of 0.20 W/m².K or better. The panels were pre-cut to the project’s specification and this bespoke approach, combined with the panelised system construction, allowed the construction team to establish a fast and predictable installation programme. The Kingspan TEK Building System also offered additional structural benefits, as Jennifer McCaul, assistant design manager at Kier Liverpool, explained: “Being a mental health hospital, it is important that any mechanical and electrical services can be accessed and maintained outside of the patients’ rooms. Typically, you have designated routes for maintenance that require boarding or you have to find the joists. However, the spanning capabilities of the Kingspan TEK panels meant we could fit all of the services within the loft space, allowing easy access.” www.kingspantek.co.uk The Kingspan TEK Building System and the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel are available in a 172mm thickness, delivering U-values of 0.17 W/m².K or better, without the need for additional insulation. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC (FSC-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification A fast-track service Marley Eternit’s Cedral Lap has helped to construct a range of retro beach huts at the popular Osea Leisure Park, situated on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex. The stylish huts, which measure 14ft by 11ft, sit just above the water at high tide on galvanised steel stilts. Cedral Lap was used to clad the exterior, giving each hut a traditional aesthetic whilst keeping maintenance to a minimum. Colin Downie, director at Osea Leisure Park, said: “Years ago, there were many beach huts along the coast, but over the years due to corrosion and vandalism, the huts fell apart. The idea behind building these huts was for us to create and design somewhere that was relaxing for the owners. “We chose Cedral Lap for the exterior as it enabled us to design huts that are unique, vibrant and a traditional clapboard effect memorable. We loved the range of colours that were available as it gave us so many options to choose from.” Cedral Lap is an external fibre cement weatherboard cladding material that offers homeowners, self-builders and installers the opportunity to implement a traditional design with a life expectancy of at least 50 years, making it an attractive and durable alternative to other cladding materials. Colin added: “With the huts sitting just above the water, it was very important we had a product that has a high resistance to salt corrosion and would withstand the rigors of coastal weather. With very little maintenance required, we knew Cedral Lap was exactly what we were looking for.” www.cedral.co.uk Freefoam has launched a brand new online tool to help choose the colour of fascia, soffit and guttering that is right for any construction project. A clear image of a roofline installation enables users to simply select from a colour swatch and get an instant representation of each colour on every element including fascia, soffit and guttering. With a range of eight solid colours and choice of eight woodgrain finishes, Freefoam now gives customers the ability to bring colour to life online. It says that, whilst colour has become an integral part of many development projects, clients can still be conservative in their choice and that it’s not always easy to visualise how a finished product will look. This tool offers the ability to experiment with any number of different colour options, allowing the boundaries to be pushed and an informed decision to be made. Colin St John, Freefoam commercial director, explained: “With the launch of this online visualiser we have put colour choice at the fingertips of specifiers and housebuilders. This, coupled with our manufacturing capability to produce colour with very short lead times, makes colour roofline a straight forward realistic option.” Recognising the growing importance of colour for architects, specifiers, and house developers, Freefoam seized the opportunity 15 years ago and generated its patented Colormax technology. A careful selection of pigments for the colour skin are simultaneously co-extruded with the white foam core to produce a hard wearing long lasting finish. The Freefoam colour range includes 10mm & 18mm fascia boards and a range of soffit boards in a choice of styles, along with all the necessary colour matched accessories, trims and fixings. www.freefoam.com/rooflinecolour visualiser Get creative with colour


RCI April 2017
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