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CLADDING & SHEETING Vertical slate project Showroom finish Bristol based Moon Design + Build has used Marley Eternit’s Thrutone fibre cement slates to create vertical cladding on the Garden Studio project, which has since been nominated for an architecture award. The property owners were keen to explore options for the external envelope of the studio that weren’t timber or render but were visually appealing and low maintenance. Billy Butler, architect at Moon, said: “There were a number of reasons why we specified the Thrutone fibre cement slates for use as vertical cladding. Firstly they met the client’s requirements for low material cost and maintenance as well as having strong visual appeal. The fibre cement was also suitable because of its resistance to surface spread of flame. “The A+ rating that the Thrutone slates can achieve in the BRE Green Guide was also a key factor in the specification. “The slate cladding both hides the unsightly blockwork behind and achieves a horizontal emphasis, helping to reduce the perceived height of the building.” Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, said: “The flexibility of our Thrutone fibre cement slates means that not only can they be used to produce stunning roofs, but also to create inspirational yet low cost facades.” Thrutone fibre cement slates have a smooth surface and square edges to give a low profile slate at an economical price. Marley Eternit says they are particularly suited to vertical cladding and complex roof geometries down to 15 degrees. The Garden Studio was put forward for the 2014 AJ Small Projects award. www.marleyeternit.co.uk 042 JULY 2014 RCIMAG.COM Thrutone slates on the Garden Studio project The Slimwall Rainscreen system from Architectural Profiles (APL) has been used for the facade of a Ferrari showroom in Colchester. The project architects Axis3 Design had a design brief which focused on aesthetics and quality. APL were commissioned to produce a rainscreen which had high energy saving performance as well as good durability and longevity. As well as these demands, APL was also expected to deliver high levels of elegance and detailing to reflect the marketing image of Ferrari. The Slimwall Rainscreen was installed by Camclad (Projects) of Cambridge and APL says that the completed facade illustrates that Slimwall is one of the very few truly flat rainscreen systems in the architectural cladding sector. Zink Copper Stainless Ferrari Showroom in Colchester featuring APL Slimwall Rainscreen in Alucobond Composite Material (ACM) As well as its Slimwall system, APL provides a comprehensive range of products and systems for the entire building envelope encompassing roofs, walls and its StrongBak structural framing system. www.archprof.co.uk Objectives met with EQUITONE system EQUITONE natura and pictura from Marley Eternit have been used on a social housing development at Bell Green, South London. The company says its system helped achieve the project’s objectives of high quality, aesthetics and sustainability by creating a visually engaging and low-maintenance rainscreen facade. The fibre cement facade also enabled the incorporation of high performance insulation to create a thermally efficient building. Sage coloured EQUITONE natura was used for the majority of the building’s facades, whilst EQUITONE pictura in Olive was used to create a contrast with feature panels throughout the development. Julie Barnes of Alan Camp Architects said: “The brief for this project was to create much-needed affordable accommodation as part of a major redevelopment of the area. The EQUITONE facade was chosen for its aesthetic-appeal, low maintenance qualities and environmental attributes.” The EQUITONE natura and pictura panels were screw fixed to a 300mm timber frame with 130mm of insulation with the aim of achieving a U-Value of 0.20W/m²K. An EQUITONE facade has an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years, requires no routine maintenance and is resistant to rot and fungi. Marley Eternit says EQUITONE materials have fire classifications A2-s1, d0 to EN 13501- 1 and can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE’s Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement single sheet – (Element Ref: 80623042, 806230422, 806230447, 806230450). www.equitone.co.uk College campus gets precise engineering Ziplok from RigiSystems has been used to clad the new Engineering and Construction facility on Solihull College’s Woodlands Campus. The aluminium cladding was specified in a white and dark grey combination on both the roof and walls of the development, with an unusual ‘cranked’ roof to wall junction which complements the precise geometric appearance of the buildings. In addition to the Ziplok, the development features RigiSystems Lokfaçade 300, which was installed horizontally on the gable ends of the building. The walls and roofs were installed by Britannia Site Solutions for main contractor Galliford Try (Leicester). The architect for the project was Associated Architects Birmingham. The new facility incorporates a specialist centre for multi-craft, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plastering and carpentry, and an expanded motor vehicle training facility. The development houses twelve new workshops: six for construction and six for motor vehicle. The rooms accommodate an MOT/motor sport workshop as well as purpose-built engineering workshops. www.rigisystems.org 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


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