Cedral Weatherboard Tackles Rugby Club

A local sports club in the heart of West Sussex is the pride of its community once again thanks to a stylish new clubhouse that has been clad in Marley Eternit's fibre cement Cedral Weatherboard.

The club owners were initially attracted to the subtly textured surface of Cedral Weatherboard, which echoes the aesthetic characteristics of timber, yet requires no ongoing maintenance. Cedral Weatherboard also helped satisfy planning requirements, which was vital given Crowborough's proximity to Ashdown Forest in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Ashdown Forest is best known as being the inspiration and setting for Winnie the Pooh.

Ebony-coloured Cedral Weatherboard was chosen from a palette of 23 colours and four woodstain finishes, because its rich tones tied in beautifully with its woodland surroundings.

Cedral Weatherboard retains the traditional appeal of timber but, being made from fibre cement, it won't warp, shrink or need regular re-painting or staining.  This made it a very attractive option for the rugby club which relies on funding from its patrons, because it reduces ongoing maintenance costs. It will provide a durable, low maintenance solution with an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years.

Crowborough Rugby Football Club has played an important role in the local community for over 75 years but was in desperate need of a new clubhouse to help boost its profile and provide better facilities for its players, members and visitors. After years of fundraising, the new clubhouse now stands pride of place in the club's grounds, fitting in perfectly with the picturesque area thanks to the natural aesthetic of Cedral Weatherboard.

Graham Callard, Chairman of Crowborough Rugby Club, said: "We're delighted with the finish that was achieved with Cedral Weatherboard, the clubhouse looks stylish and modern but also blends in perfectly with our rural surroundings. It really has given the club and the community a new lease of life!"

The Cedral Weatherboard was fixed in a ‘ship lap’ configuration using a nail gun.  It can also be cut or screwed just like timber, providing an easy to install, practical facade solution. Cedral Weatherboard can achieve an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating: Cedral Weatherboard - autoclaved fibre cement (calcium silicate) cladding - (Element Ref: 806220701, 806220675, 806220676). 

The Cedral Weatherboard was installed by Eastbourne-based Palm Building Services.

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