Profile 6 is a class act with planners

Marley Eternit’s fibre cement Profile 6 sheeting has been specified for a £400,000 teaching facility at Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield.

Profile 6 was chosen because it played a key role in meeting strict planning requirements.

Architects Race Cottam Associates initially selected Profile 6 because it offers a rural aesthetic that complimented existing buildings on site, some of which are listed. Critically for the planners, Profile 6 ensured that the building remained sympathetic to the location of the site in the Green Belt and within a Conservation Area.

Profile 6 from Marley Eternit is the only fibre cement profiled sheeting to be manufactured in the UK. The material is resistant to corrosion, which is particularly important in agricultural environments and typically has an installed life of at least 50-years, providing Whirlow Hall Farm with a long term, low maintenance solution.

David Speddings, Director of Race Cottam Associates, said: “We specified fibre cement Profile 6 in Grey because the aesthetic is sensitive to the site’s Green Belt location and surrounding buildings, which ultimately helped us to gain planning permission. Profile 6 provided a durable, low-maintenance solution for the farm, in replacing an old dilapidated turkey shed, and offered excellent value for money for the Whirlow Hall Farm charity.”

Profile 6 is able to absorb up to 25 percent of its dry weight in moisture and dissipate it in more favourable conditions, minimising issues of condensation inside the building.

The range can be used for roofs of 5° pitch and over, and for vertical cladding in both single skin and insulated constructions. Marley Eternit Profile 6 is available in a choice of ten colours that harmonise with commonly used building materials.

Peter Rafter of Whirlow Farm Trust said: “The new building houses a high specification classroom facility where visitors can experience farming and countryside life first-hand.  We’re really pleased with how the profiled sheeting compliments other buildings on the farm.”

Marley Eternit fibre cement profiled sheeting has a P60 (external SAA) rating to BS 476: Part 3: 1975, and can be classified Class 0 in accordance with Building Regulations.

The main contractor for the new learning facility was Sheffield-based J F Finnegan.

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