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Best use of fibre cement cladding panels

DJC Habitas with James Hardie

A private holiday park leisure facility located on the sea edge in Clarach Bay, just north of Aberystwyth.

This facility supports the holiday park users with swimming pool and restaurant/bar facilities as well as Allens Caravans offices.

The building draws influence from nautical themes and its cladding is designed to provide a dynamic finish that blends in with the pebbles located on the beach adjacent.

Cloud themes influence the internal finish from the light fittings to the bespoke stretched swimming pool ceiling.

This building is a testament to full client, contractor and architect involvement throughout the process.

Boundary Court
Cubic Facades with Equitone

Cubic Facades are extremely proud to have been involved in such a wonderful and creative transformation at Boundary Court in Blackpool.

We are so pleased with the end result and are grateful for the opportunity to give part of Blackpool the update it deserves.

Stables Yard
Interco Projects with Swiss Pearl

Stables Yard is a sociable housing project located on a back land site behind terraces of Victorian houses comprises six colourful homes and a coach house. It is an exemplar low carbon, flood resilient scheme. The scheme is designed to have sociable space – valuable shared amenity which contribute to and support community.

The client wanted to create a unique scheme which was respectful, innovative and environmental. The form, which was developed in response to site constraints, flood-risk, easements, orientation, outlook and privacy, lend itself to a modern method of construction solution. This was appealing to the client/contractor as it provided the opportunity to showcase the strengths of his team in joinery and carpentry. An off-site manufactured timber frame is clad in colourful cementitious planks to a carefully coordinated, but seemingly random pattern. This playful arrangement creates a subtle play on dappled light filtered through the surrounding trees, yet with a unifying identity – it is both attractive and durable. The dining areas at the front of the homes open onto the shared access deck, a semi-private space for a morning coffee, doorstep play and incidental interaction. At first floor, the homes benefit from vaulted ceilings, which aid with passive ‘stack’ cooling, and louvres to the windows that act as privacy screens and summer shading.

By providing a more generous communal area at the entrance, known as the deck, it creates an opportunity for social interaction between residents to enhance a sense of community and belonging and contribute to well-being. This approach to communal space, coined Sociable Housing, offers collective rather than communal living, creating a set of spaces that naturally facilitate choice for families and individuals who can choose how and when they would like to interact. This sense of togetherness helps to build a resilient community.

Thames Park School
Innovaré Systems with Benx

The £24m Thames Park School in Essex, delivered by Innovare Systems through the DfE's Offsite Framework.

The external facades, from Benx, feature a combination of grey Supertech weatherboards and crystal Swisspearl fibre cement panels, chosen to provide the school with a variety of colours and textures, conducive to a modern learning environment. The smooth, flat Swisspearl panels and lapped Supertech wood-textured weatherboards on the upper floors provide a lively interaction of colours and textures to complement the brick façade of the ground floor.

The products supplied by Benx were all rated A-rated, providing the highest levels of fire safety for pupils and staff. The Supertech weatherboards were coated by Benx using its proprietary A-1 paint, unique for façade planks of this type. The facades have been tested for strength, durability, moisture control and thermal performance, achieving BBA or KIWA agreement-certification, providing assurance that they are ‘fit for purpose’.

Innovaré utilised MMC extensively in the project, installing Benx’s facade at their offsite factory in Coventry. The façade panels were fabricated by Benx at its in-house fabrication facility. The lightweight nature of the panels made them easy to transport and install on-site, reducing construction time and costs. Just-in-Time logistics, saw the Benx facade panels sequentially delivered into Innovare’s factory, integrated into the wall build-up and erected on site in just 4 days.

Ysgol Corn Hir
Wynne Construction and Kynaston Contract Services with Rockpanel

The primary structure was built from SIPS panels, we then preceded to install the Ash and Lacy helping hand system, ensuring all the setting out is level.

Fire barriers were then installed where required and as well as all required closure flashings and insects mesh.

Rockpanel was then installed using colour match rivets, and to the setting out pattern of colours.