Marley Alutec revamps Basingstoke
Marley Alutec’s aluminium soffit, fascia and coping system has been specified alongside its Aligator Boxer gutter system for a large regeneration project by Sentinel Housing Association.
The products were able to satisfy planning requirements and were easy to install on site, requiring no specialist skills. The project also benefited from Marley Alutec's technical design service, to ensure the best possible specification was realised.
As part of the new development, 117 three-bedroom maisonettes in Faroe Close and Maldive Road, Basingstoke have been demolished and replaced with 202 new homes. Overseen by main contractor, Hill Partnerships, the development consists of one and two bed apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses, with a mixture of rented and shared ownership tenures.
The specification of rainwater systems had to satisfy the town planners’ requirements for aluminium gutters, rainwater pipes, soffits and fascias all in matching RAL 7036 Platinum Grey.
Having used Marley Alutec’s products on numerous projects before, Hill Partnerships had no hesitation in choosing Alutec for the complete package for this housing project.
“The choice of utilising the new Alutec composite aluminium soffit and fascia system was based on best value and the fact that, unlike conventional aluminium sheet soffit and fascia systems, which require specialist trades to install, the composite aluminium system can be installed by carpenters already engaged on constructing the timber framed building structures,” explains Ryan Harris, Senior Site Manager at Hill Partnerships.
A new and innovative concept in roofline solutions, the Alutec soffit, fascia and coping systems are manufactured from composite aluminium, providing a life expectancy of 50 years or more. The recycled polyethylene and aluminium layers provide the structural integrity, whilst the PVDF paint finish is the most durable and stable available.
Thanks to the layered integral structure, the Marley Alutec soffit, fascia and coping system is extremely strong – yet it is only 4mm thick and in most cases does not require a backing board. This simplifies the installation process, reduces costs and makes the product perfect for fitting over existing wood or PVC systems without reducing tile overhang.
In addition, the Aligator Boxer gutter system, with its minimalistic sleek appearance, certainly fulfilled the aesthetic requirements imposed by the town planners. The contemporary box profile, which features concealed top fixing brackets, offers a sleek alternative to the more traditional curved profile, making it perfect for modern building designs.
"We found the Alutec products incredibly easy to install, with the added benefit over other product materials of being extremely rigid, so they were easier to handle," comments Steve Avery of Avery and Bennett Carpentry Ltd.
Ryan Harris adds: “Marley Alutec’s Technical Services were heavily involved in assisting both the site and design teams in finding the best and most practical design solutions. We are very happy with both the service and materials provided by Marley Alutec, from the perspective of ease of installation, visual appearance and confidence in the whole life durability of the system.”
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This article was published on 31/05/2012 (last updated on 31/05/2012).