Cedral Click - Newport on Tay

Stylish and practical: contemporary cladding

Aesthetic appeal, ease-of-installation and low maintenance up keep made Marley Eternit’s Cedral Click wall cladding system the perfect choice for the creation of a stunning new home recently constructed on the banks of the River Tay.

Cedral Click is the UK’s first fibre cement tongue and groove weatherboard system and was a key element in the project, helping to deliver a stunning architectural design and produce an individual and contemporary home to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Tasked with creating a beautiful family house for a retiring client, BlackDog Architecture based in Inverkeithing in Scotland had to consider a number of important factors. The brief as set by the client stipulated a low maintenance property, but one that also displayed tangible aesthetic appeal and could meet the rigorous stipulations of local planners.

Michael McGurk, who led the design team at BlackDog, explains more: "The client was able to purchase a plot of land in Newport-on-Tay in an attractive location with views along the River Tay. We worked closely from the outset to ensure our design solution met all expectations from functional and aesthetic perspectives."

A critical factor for the dwelling was the need to ensure it would be low maintenance for the owners, but without any compromise to materials used or the final design. Michael McGurk continues: "The ongoing maintenance requirements were a priority for the design and this underpinned our decision to specify the Cedral Click solution. Alongside other materials used on the build such as local stone, render and slate, the Cedral Click Fibre Cement boards give a lighter material and another texture to the finish which all work very well together. Crucially it offered the low maintenance answers we were seeking.

"I would say that the product’s texture was a primary motivation for using it. The client liked the idea of natural timber, but not the weathering or annual maintenance involved. The Cedral Click solution was an ideal alternative and the more modern flat appearance with a small shadow gap from the tongue and groove profile was a notable factor when compared to the more traditional feather edge cladding profiles on the market. We did consider natural timber cladding and other weather boarding systems, but opted for Cedral Click as it was able to meet my design expectations, as well as offer guaranteed performance on a practical basis."

Following specification in a final slate grey finish from the Cedral Click colour palette, its selection met with full approval from the local planning committee which deemed it wholly appropriate for use within the prevailing conservation area.

Ease of installation

As well as its attractive look and minimal maintenance obligations, the unique installation system that supports Cedral Click also offered real benefit for the project. As outlined by Michael McGurk: "The construction programme was assisted by how Cedral Click is installed. Once the profiles and starter profiles were set out, the joiners were able to quickly install the product using the unique Clip Click assembly system. Essentially the Cedral Click planks are placed flush against each other and fixed at 600mm intervals using stainless steel clips which provide a secure fixing with minimal delay."

With the Cedral Click wall cladding solution playing its part in bringing BlackDog Architecture’s design vision to life, both architect and client are delighted with the outcome.

An impressive new home to be enjoyed into retirement has been created with the owners safe in the knowledge that not only have they built an aesthetically appealing property, but they will not be faced with any ongoing maintenance issues concerning the exterior fabric of the dwelling in the future.

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