Outstanding modern design with Marley Eternit fibre cement slate

Marley Eternit, the UK’s leading provider of roofing and cladding solutions, has recently had its Rivendale fibre cement slate specified for Oakland Village in South Derbyshire, a £20 million state of the art care community and recent winner of the best social housing project at LABC’s East Midlands Building Excellence Awards

Sandeep Magar, architect associate at Glancy Nicholls, comments: "Oakland Village was conceived to dispel the stereotypical notion of an ‘old people’s home’. It was important for this project to have a contemporary design in order to accommodate the future provision of elderly care within the county, whilst at the same time ensuring quality materials were utilised. Marley Eternit’s Rivendale fibre cement slate enabled us to achieve the desired aesthetic.

"Due to the topography of the site, the scale of the development was designed to be low profile in order to give the impression of individual houses, no more than two storeys in height. Therefore, it was important to ensure the slates visually met these criteria, as we were looking to specify a product with a very thin leading edge. We wanted to create a crisp roof line where the slates could also be used on a curved plan form. Natural slate proved to be cost prohibitive, so an alternative solution was required. Rivendale fibre cement slate was specified as the ideal solution; it facilitates flexible design whilst offering strong environmental credentials – the product ticked all boxes!"

Sarah Harding, marketing manager at Marley Eternit, explains: "One of the reasons our Rivendale fibre cement slate was specified for this thoughtfully designed facility was its ‘green’ credentials, which include an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification and a ‘Very Good’ rating through BES 6001 – the Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone involved in the construction of Oakland, Swadlincote, and were delighted to see these efforts recently recognised by the House Building Design Awards through the shortlisting of this project."

Marley Eternit’s Rivendale slates provide an engineered, consistently-sized product which reduces installation time as no sorting or grading is required on-site. These lightweight, yet incredibly strong, slates can also be installed at pitches as low as 20 degrees, providing contractors and specifiers with additional flexibility in terms of design and installation.

Sandeep continues: "Throughout the entire project, the technical help we received from Marley Eternit was second to none. We always received prompt responses to queries and found the product literature and visuals available through their website really helpful.

"All those involved in this development from Glancy Nicholls are pleased with the end result. We have also received positive feedback from the client who is delighted with the overall building and the contribution and services it provides to the local community."

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