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RCI May 2017

CLADDING & SHEETING The thermal treatment alters wood in such a way that timbers such as frake, which otherwise has little commercial value other than in plywood, are suitable for cladding. The enhanced durability of thermally treated frake and its availability in wide boards and long lengths, as well as visual factors like its dark vein, has made frake one of the more popular and high-end cladding options in the past year. We recently supplied ArborClad’s frake timber cladding for a project in Fleetwood, where it was specified for both the town’s observation tower and ten beach chalets (see case study). In this case, the material’s appearance and durability were clear advantages, but there was a safety consideration at play too as thermally modified timber can be treated to protect it from fire – a prerequisite for Fleetwood’s observation tower. With a host of benefits, easy installation and unbeatable environmental credentials, thermally modified timber will be part of the landscape for a long time to come. www.howarth-timber.co.uk 038 MAY 2017 RCIMAG.COM Howarth Timber and Building Supplies helped to create ten beach chalets on Fleetwood promenade that share the same construction materials as the area’s local observation tower. The chalets were commissioned by Wyre Council and were constructed using frake timber, the same material which Howarth Timber supplied to build the nearby Rossall Point observation tower. Frake timber is a premium heat-modified timber species that is gaining popularity in cladding projects due to its durability and ease of use. Local contractor Gary Carr created the beach huts using concrete bases and frake batons in a cut and groove construction style. The huts, which were constructed at a cost of £150,000, were put out to tender and all ten have been snapped up on six-year leases with an annual rent of £1,500 plus VAT. Phil Barman from Howarth Timber said: “The demand for frake timber is increasing all the time and we’re delighted with how the beach huts turned out. “We were fully on board with the plan to ensure the new chalets were in keeping with the surrounding area, and echoed the design of the Rossall Point observation tower. “Fleetwood promenade is a wonderfully peaceful spot and we hope that the new beach huts help people to enjoy this very traditional bit of British seaside culture.” CASE STUDY: HOWARTH TIMBER HEADS TO THE BEACH WITH FLEETWOOD CHALET PROJECT Above, top: Rossall Point observation area Above: Fleetwood Beach Huts “The demand for frake timber is increasing all the time” “It’s best to use pre-drilled boards and hand nail boards into place to avoid splitting. Thermally modified timber should be installed using stainless steel fittings only” �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ���� �� �� ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ ��


RCI May 2017
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