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RCI December 2017

RAINWATER SYSTEMS PROJECT FOCUS Ahead of the curve Named Incurvo, the 510m² new build in the Oxfordshire countryside is an award-winning design by architects Adrian James. Using the local luminous orange brick, the house incorporates a series of curved window frames, providing focal points from inside the house and offering panoramic views of the garden, water, trees and landscape beyond. The property replaced a 1920’s home, which was not fit for purpose according to its owners, having numerous small rooms and being inefficient to heat and light. The unique shape challenges the current modernist trend for stacked, rectangular shapes. Designed to Lifetime Homes and Passivhaus standards, the materials used on the project include high levels of airtightness and insulation. The property also has three separate renewable energy systems. The owners wanted a ‘lifetime home’ and building materials were chosen that would age gracefully with no need for further maintenance. Surrounding the property and covering its parapet walls is over 100 metres of Guttercrest’s aluminium coping, featuring an impressive ten Guttercrest’s aluminium coping and cill flashings were selected for this incredible curved modern eco home, thanks to their outstanding quality and sustainability different radii on the flat roof, terraces, balconies and garage. Coping was manufactured from 3mm thick aluminium and polyester powder coated in a protective RAL 7016 anthracite grey to blend with the wall cladding and provide a striking contrast to the orange brick work. The curve and straight lengths Manufactured in Shropshire from marine grade aluminium, each section of coping was supplied with a part number for location and varies in width from 500mm to 640mm. Curved lengths were supplied in one-metre sections, providing a true curve, and straight lengths in three-metre sections. Guttercrest coping has a weather struck top, but can be made flat or dual pitched. As well as being low maintenance, they’re lightweight, adaptable and easy to install. In addition to the coping system, Guttercrest also designed, manufactured and supplied bespoke faceted curved cill flashing for the window areas and drip flashing on parapet walls. Window flashings measured 3mm thick and 150mm width, while brick flashing measured 300mm width. The flashings are also available as true curves. Consistent curve Daniel Catlin of Guttercare, who was responsible for ordering and fitting the aluminium building products said the biggest challenge they faced was to get the curve looking consistent around the edge of the property. “I plotted a template from the architect drawings and tried that on site and made any adjustments needed. I then supplied my drawings to Guttercrest for manufacture. Their wall coping system is ideally suited for curved buildings and we have a good working relationship with them, so it’s easy to liaise through the manufacturing process and the scheduling of deliveries to site. The copings were easy to fit; simply hook it on to the bracket and fix through the back. The one metre curved lengths are fanned so the joints all line up nicely. “Incurvo was a technical challenge, but the end result was well worth all of the effort. We’re very pleased with it. We would recommend Guttercrest products and we continue to work with them.” “Each section of coping was supplied with a part number for location and varies in width from 500mm to 640mm. Curved lengths were supplied in one-metre sections, providing a true curve, and straight lengths in three-metre sections” New-build property Incurvo, in Oxfordshire, features 100m of Guttercrest aluminium coping and bespoke faceted curved cill flashing for the window areas and drip flashing on parapet walls – Image credit Adrian James Architects


RCI December 2017
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