Marley Eternit scores a hat-trick with Scottish Council

Although historically natural slate has been the roofing product of choice in Scotland, Marley Eternit’s versatile Garsdale fibre cement slate has been specified for a trio of diverse new build social housing projects in Perthshire.   

The popular Garsdale slates were selected by Perth & Kinross Council for three affordable housing constructions in Duneaves Place in Perth, Rorrie Terrace in Methven and Springbank Road in Alyth for a combination of their aesthetic appeal, easy installation and superior performance in Scotland’s typically adverse weather conditions. 

Indeed, with high winds placing substantial pressure on the exterior of any Scottish build, it is more important than ever that any roofing or cladding material be fixed securely and safely.  Marley Eternit’s Garsdale fibre cement slates fitted the bill perfectly, pre-holed to accommodate two copper nails and a disk rivet to ensure a reliable, secure fixing whilst also speeding up the installation process.

It was exactly these credentials which led to the product’s specification at Duneaves Place, which consists of six three-bedroom houses, with open-plan kitchens and a mezzanine space, where Marley Eternit’s Garsdale fibre cement slates were not only used on the roofs but also to create a stunning finish for the south side wall, from the ground floor window head to the ridge.

Sarah Webb, project architect at Perth & Kinross Council, comments: “We were looking for a lightweight, versatile product that could be used on roofs as well as walls. The Garsdale fibre cement slates provided us with a smooth profile, creating a contemporary finish and, thanks to the pre-holed design, quick and easy installation. With reduced eaves and soffit detail, a sleek appearance was achieved; similar to the aesthetic natural slate would have provided us with.” 
The projects at Rorrie Terrace and Springbank Road used Garsdale fibre cement slates on 45° gable roofs, with Rorrie Terrace now complete and tenanted.  Both social housing projects comprised a wide mix of properties from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses.

In addition to benefitting from the aesthetic appeal and performance of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement slates, Perth & Kinross Council’s senior technicians also sought regular assistance from Marley Eternit’s technical support team throughout each Perthshire project.  Sarah said: “The support provided was always relevant and really helpful.  We look forward to working with Marley Eternit on future projects.”

Charlotte Hughes, campaign manager at Marley Eternit, added: “The fact that Perth & Kinross Council has repeatedly chosen to use fibre cement slate on projects across the county is real testament to the quality and versatility of our Garsdale slates and we hope the fantastic finished results will serve to inspire other Scottish councils to embrace the benefits that fibre cement slates offer.

“Fibre cement offers contemporary and flexible design options for a wide range of projects to create stunning roofs and facades.  While natural slate has always been a highly-sought material, fibre cement slates are becoming increasingly popular as a durable, cost-effective and sustainable alternative.”

Furthermore, all of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement roofing products can achieve an A+ in the BRE Green Guide to Specification.  Additionally, its fibre cement roofing products are now accredited with the BES 6001 responsible sourcing certification.  Using products that achieve both an A+ and BES 6001 can contribute towards attaining the highest environmental standards in the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM ratings, which is increasingly becoming a key consideration for specifiers.

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