Cedral Weatherboard redefining the appearance of affordable homes
The aesthetic and sustainable credentials of Cedral Weatherboard have shone through on the largest eco-development in the South West.
Fibre cement Cedral Weatherboard was specified because the architects felt its stunning aesthetics contributed to their goal of creating a development that redefined the way that affordable homes look.
The £20 million award-winning Beechfield View in Torquay, a town also known as the ‘English Riviera’, features 144 homes, all clad in feature panels of Cedral Weatherboard. The development provides a mix of apartments and houses for open market sale, shared ownership and rent. This includes 25 homes for the over 55’s inlcuding eight wheelchair accessible homes.
Being made from fibre cement means that Cedral Weatherboard offers a durable, low maintenance solution that is ideal for this coastal location – despite it being known as the English Riviera, the town is still buffeted by storms from the Atlantic!
This is no problem for Cedral Weatherboard, which has an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years and doesn’t warp, shrink or need regular re-painting or staining. It also has good resistance to fire and dimensional stability.
Sovereign Housing, the housing association behind the properties, took the decision to go with Cedral Weatherboard after viewing samples supplied by Marley Eternit and gaining an understanding of the material’s eco credentials and low maintenance from the project architects.
The main contractor, Bouygues UK, had also used Cedral Weatherboard on several other developments and could testify to the material’s performance and aesthetic credentials.
Sovereign Housing opted for Cedral Weatherboard in Dark Oak because it was felt to accentuate the contemporary aesthetics of this development. Marley Eternit offers Cedral Weatherboard in a palette of 19 colours and three wood stain finishes.
Aside from stunning aesthetics, Cedral Weatherboard contributed to the development aiming for a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating. It does this because it achieves 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 boards supplied to the Torquay development were pre-cut and pre-drilled ready for easy fitting to the insulated facade panels. Cedral Weatherboard was fitted between the windows as spandrel panels and around a large, exposed roof structure.
Sarah Griffin, Regional Head of Development at Sovereign Housing, said: “When planning the Beechfield development we wanted a contemporary finish, similar to that offered by timber however, it also had to be low maintenance. Cedral Weatherboard was the perfect solution because it met these criteria and was available in a wide range of colour options.”
Beechfield View won ‘Best Starter Home’ at the What House Awards in November 2013 and the ‘Residential Development of the Year’ award at the Michelmore’s Property Awards in July 2014. Inside Housing has named the development as one of the top 50 affordable housing developments, as well as one of the top five sustainable developments in the country.
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