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Cladding & external finishes


With 71.6 per cent of people within the 16 to 29 age group living alone, and thousands of people living in the UK considered homeless, the requirement for multi-occupational living showing no signs of weakening


supporting structures. The result is not only a building with a reduced carbon footprint, but one that incorporates a modern aesthetic with a hint of the original design. The material’s visual appeal also creates an architectural fusion between other commonly-used facade materials, such as timber and aluminium. This was one of the reasons why fibre cement cladding panels were


chosen by Great Places Housing Group for its Richmond Park development in Handsworth. The work was part of a £16.5m redevelopment of two former council estates. The project comprised a development of 12 blocks of flats and 36 existing houses, which were overclad with rainscreen cladding. On this project, 600 m2


of fibre cement external cladding was supplied.


To ensure the panels could be quickly and easily installed on site, they were cut to size in the factory to meet the project’s call-off schedule. The panels were specified in bluestone and azura, which provided a visual link between the older refurbished and new properties, creating a sense of continuity between the timber weatherboarding and the brick finish of the homes.


DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS With 71.6 per cent of people within the 16 to 29 age group living alone, and thousands of people living in the UK considered homeless, the requirement for multi-occupational living showing no signs of weakening. As a result housing providers are increasingly turning to refurbishment of existing stock. This is not only more economical, but more beneficial to the environment, as new builds have a higher carbon footprint due to the amount of new materials that need to be manufactured and the energy required from demolition and construction activities. Many existing buildings have been successfully refurbished, breathing


new life into them and giving them a facade for the future. With thousands of multi-occupancy apartments across the UK still requiring some form of upgrade, specifying a low maintenance facade that retains its aesthetic appeal may help to meet the aesthetic and performance requirements for modern housing.


Panel Systems are global suppliers of insulated panels and external cladding www.housingmmonline.co.uk | HMM January 2018 | 37


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