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Zinc clad demonstration house in Bedfordshire Zinc clad demonstration house in Bedfordshire

Zinc clad demonstration house in Bedfordshire

Zinc clad demonstration house in Bedfordshire

Project: House at Blunham, Bedfordshire
Client: Neil Shepherd
Architect: Coles Architects
Specialist roofing and cladding contractor: RFL Metal Roofing
Material: elZinc Rainbow Red and elZinc Rainbow Red Advance

Intro

Stroll down a quiet lane in the Bedfordshire village of Blunham and you might take a second look at a house that catches your eye. The house was built by Fairfield Homes and features a precisely executed coloured zinc roof and cladding which takes your breath away.

About the project

“It is quite a striking, modern design,” admits the owner, Neil Shepherd, who is Managing Director of Fairfield Homes and owner of the house, “and yet it fits in to the hotchpotch of 18th to 20th Century houses rather well.”

And Neil is right. The soft tones of the brick and tiles of neighbouring houses are echoed but not aped by the natural stone of the lower floor of the new house, and the crisp, modern yet respectful detailing of the elZinc Rainbow Red cladding which sweeps up over the roof and envelops the house in a warm glow.

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This is a large house – some 2850ft2 of four bedrooms and five living spaces including a dedicated cinema room and an upstairs snug. For Neil Shepherd this was always part of the plan. The house is a step up from a standard new house build.

“The external and internal finishes are a very high specification, executed to a very high standard. This makes the house an ideal example to show customers who want a new home built, just what Fairfield Homes can do,” he explainsIndeed, the house also features a comprehensive fit out using Control4, the market leader in the UK for home […]

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Complete roofing and zinc solution from SIG D&T at Jersey Premier Inn Complete roofing and zinc solution from SIG D&T at Jersey Premier Inn

Complete roofing and zinc solution from SIG D&T at Jersey Premier Inn

Complete roofing and zinc solution from SIG D&T at Jersey Premier Inn

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Project: Premier Inn, Jersey
Roof membrane systems:
IKO Armourplan PSG PVC single ply 800m2
AH-25 liquid waterproofing detailing
Sedum green roof
FDT Rhenofol CGv PVC single ply 80m2
Installer: KA Bailey

Zinc cladding:
elZinc Rainbow Brown 1600m2
Installer: Boss Metals

Chartered building company: Camerons of Jersey

Travellers have another choice of modern, smart accommodation when they visit Jersey’s capital, with the opening of the island’s first Premier Inn in St Helier earlier this year. The four storey 91 room hotel, situated at the busy Charing Cross interchange near the town centre, features some distinctive external cladding in addition to a well-thought-out roof design.

SIG Design & Technology worked closely with Camerons, a 61-year-old Jersey-based chartered building company in the development of the new-build hotel’s roofing and cladding specification. SIG Design & Technology (SIG D&T) followed their eight-step design and build process, #perfectroof, from product selection and roof design expertise through to complete guarantees and planned maintenance.

Once the client brief was established, SIG D&T’s Specification Manager Christa Coe and Technical Support Manager Paul Jacobs worked together to develop the roofing specification.

Four roofing and cladding systems were selected. IKO’s Armourplan PSG system was chosen to waterproof 800 m2 of the main roof area.  Armourplan PSG is a glass tissue reinforced polyester fleece backed PVC membrane suitable for use in a wide range of single ply roofing applications on both flat and sloping roofs. Armourplan PSG offers enhanced mechanical properties over standard PVC membranes and is completely UV stable throughout.

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Brown Zinc Townhouses, Church Walk, Stoke Newington Brown Zinc Townhouses, Church Walk, Stoke Newington

Brown Zinc Townhouses, Church Walk, Stoke Newington

Brown Zinc Townhouses, Church Walk, Stoke Newington

Project: Church Walk, Stoke Newington
Client:  Bluecroft / Hanover Housing Association
Architect: CH Architects LLP
Specialist Roofing & Cladding Contractor: Metal Roof Ltd
Zinc: elZinc Rainbow Brown and elZinc Rainbow Brown Advance

This group of six large townhouses have been developed by Bluecroft and Hanover Housing Association to help meet the need for larger houses in the area. The use of elZinc Rainbow Brown zinc for roofing and cladding met the planning requirements and gives the houses a crafted, highly detailed feel.

About the Project

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The range of houses flanks Church Walk in Stoke Newington, producing a new two storey frontage, maintaining the intimate scale of the street and providing additional green space on either side. There are a number of listed buildings in the area which is close to Newington Green, and the houses are massed to respond to this surrounding urban context, stepping back and echoing the perceived profile of the listed buildings fronting Newington Green.

Choice of materials was very important in this context and the architects CH Architects have chosen Staffordshire blue brick for the lower parts of the elevation, with dark metal upper storeys. These have been executed in elZinc Rainbow Brown, a naturally pigmented zinc product from the elZinc Rainbow range. elZinc Rainbow Brown has a similar colour to some types of dark, evenly patinated copper alloy, but offers a particularly cost effective alternative when value is particularly important, without losing any of the quality of the material and its […]

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Church of St Andrew – hat-trick for heritage church refurbishment

Church of St Andrew – hat-trick for heritage church refurbishment

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Project: Church of St Andrew, Avonmouth
Architect: Innes Wilkin Architect
Roofing contractor: Urban Roof
Waterproofing membrane: IKO Armourplan PVC single ply
Zinc: elZinc Slate

First built in 1893, extended with a new nave building and tower in 1935, then bombed and burned out during World War Two. Finally, re-built in 1957. The church of St Andrew’s, at Avonmouth, near Bristol, has had a colourful history. The red stone building featured pitched roofing mostly in green-finished patina copper, dating back to 1957, but it had fallen into disrepair.

A key priority was refurbishing the roof of this prominent local landmark building.

Ian Hayward, SIG Design & Technology’s Specification Manager for South West England and South Wales, said: “SIG Design & Technology was chosen for this project because we can offer multiple product expertise including for flat roofs and metals with just one phone call, as well as our depth of knowledge of roofing design.

“We used an eight step process which we call #perfect roof which follows the process from product selection and roof design expertise through to full guarantees and planned maintenance.

“With the help of our roofing contractor, we were able to move quickly on this conservation project and the client was very pleased with the results.”

Three-part roofing challenge

Avonmouth Website Case Study Inset Image v2Exterior building works started in October 2017, replacing the church roofs and adding a new entrance foyer, as well as drains and toilets.

Architects Innes Wilkin needed a single point of expert contact […]

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Princess Elizabeth Hospital – Replacement zinc standing seam roof with solar PVs Princess Elizabeth Hospital – Replacement zinc standing seam roof with solar PVs

Princess Elizabeth Hospital – Replacement zinc standing seam roof with solar PVs

Princess Elizabeth Hospital – Replacement zinc standing seam roof with solar PVs

Project: Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey – Lighthouse Wards
Client:  States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department
Architect: Naftel Associates
Specialist Roofing & Cladding Contractor: Sarnian Roofing
Zinc: NedZink NOVA

The Lighthouse Wards at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey comprise three single storey wards containing 60 continuing care units for elderly patients. The buildings accommodate elderly patients with mental health problems and enable people with long term care needs to live and be cared for by professional and experienced staff 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, after only a few years, the plain tile roofing on the wards failed. It was replaced by a zinc standing seam roof supplied by SIG Zinc & Copper.

Failed tiled roof

SIG Zinc & Copper were approached by the hospital’s architect, Naftel Associates, after the tiled roofs on buildings failed just five years after installation. On inspection, it transpired that the tiles had been installed at too shallow a pitch, and water ingress had damaged the roof structure causing complete failure.

The architect wanted to use Zinc as an alternative roofing material and we confirmed it was suitable. Zinc was chosen for its modern appearance and its low-maintenance credentials.

The entire roofing structure above the rafters was water damaged, so the project involved

  1. Removal of existing tiles, batten, felt & insulation, followed by
  2. Installation of a new 18mm plywood deck,
  3. A continuous Alutrix 600 Vapour control layer bonded to the deck,
  4. 108mm Metdeck insulation board,
  5. Klober Promo-Sec Structural Underlay, and
  6. Installation of the shiny new NedZink NOVA Standing Seam Metal Roof.

The Klober Promo-Sec Structural Underlay provides an air space below the metal deck, a cost-effective alternative to using zinc with a coated back surface. It must be installed with the proper 28mm fixing clips so […]

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NATO HQ with a stunning & durable zinc roof NATO HQ with a stunning & durable zinc roof

NATO HQ with a stunning & durable zinc roof

NATO HQ with a stunning & durable zinc roof

Project: NATO headquarters
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Contractor: Bam Alliance
Zinc: NedZink NOVA Pro-TecThe new NATO headquarters in Brussels has the largest zinc roof in Europe. The roof spans a total surface of no less than 35,000 m² of NedZink NOVA Pro-Tec standing seam bays inseemingly unmanageable lengths of 26 metres. A challenging project in many respects.

The new impressive NATO headquarters was designed by the American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Time Warner Center in New York, among others, and ASSAR Architects from Belgium. The wedge-shaped headquarters comprises eight wings, which, SOM explains, interlock, thus symbolising the changing role of NATO since the end of the Cold War. Since then, the Alliance has increasingly evolved in the direction of integration and unification, with 28 permanent members and 19 partner states.

NATO HQ DT Website Case Study Inset Image 4The eight wings, each 200 metres long and 18 metres wide, are fitted with a curved roof, as well as seven transition pieces above the connecting section, the 38-metre-high agora. In total, the roof spans no less than 35,000 m² in sleek standing seam bays of NedZink NOVA Pro-Tec. The roof construction consists of a steel deck with profile sheets used as a support structure, and subsequently, a 100-mm layer of Foamglas with the zinc standing seam bays fixed on top. The Foamglas guarantees a vapour-proof roof construction. The Foamglas system is thinner and can be used in virtually any shape. There are hardly any limitations with regard to the […]

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Zinc Cladding at Adelaide Convention Centre

Zinc Cladding at Adelaide Convention Centre

Project: Adelaide Convention Centre, East Building Phase 2
Architect: Woods Bagot
Distributor: Zinc Iberico 
Contractor: Lend Lease
Installer: Cladding and Roofing Contractors Pty Ltd
Zinc: elZinc Rainbow Red®

The Adelaide Convention Centre ACC celebrated 30 years in operation in 2017 with the opening of the last phase of its expansion, the East Building, designed by architects Woods Bagot. The building is faceted like rocks and clad in elZinc® Rainbow Red to reflect the South Australian landscape.

The Convention Centre

Over the last three decades, the Adelaide Convention Centre has become an essential part of the consolidation of South Australia as a favourite destination for business and event tourism. It has also gained global recognition for its excellent service.  Located in the Riverbank precinct at the heart of the city and surrounded by 380 hectares of parkland alongside the River Torrens, the ACC now has a new façade with the completion of a nine-year, $397 million expansion project that sees it emerge as Australia’s most flexible and technologically-advanced convention centre.

“Since opening in 1987, the Convention Centre has been a great South Australian success story,” says Alec Gilbert, chief executive. “Over the past 30 years, the Centre has played host to 1,800 major conferences, welcomed more than six million delegates and visitors, and generated $1.4 million in economic benefit for the state of South Australia. The future looks even brighter, with the expanded venue forecast to inject an additional $1.92 billion into the state’s economy over the next 25 years.”

To minimize loss of income and interruptions originating from the impact of building works on the original building, the extension was designed in two phases.

The design of the expansion has provided maximum flexibility and adaptability by integrating three different and individually iconic buildings […]

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Coast Bournemouth: zinc cladding at the seaside

Coast Bournemouth: zinc cladding at the seaside

Project: Coast Bournemouth
Client: Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties
Architect: WADP
Specialist Cladding Contractor: ICEE
Zinc: elZinc Slate Advance

This group of seafront apartments on the site of the former Bournemouth International Hotel is perched right on the cliff side. The modern aesthetic of white render and glazed balconies is offset with crisp elZinc zinc cladding supplied by SIG Zinc & Copper and installed by the specialist cladding team at ICEE. The project for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties was designed post-planning and managed on site by architects WADP.

Using metal cladding on the coast

Metal is an increasingly popular material for use in roofing and cladding in the UK, and this isn’t surprising when one sees the beautiful precise lines of the material, and understand the longevity and almost zero maintenance of metal products. The materials are also very popular in projects at coastal locations, although as we have written before, you need to know what you’re doing using metals in environments exposed to marine winds and salt spray.

“The biggest challenge on this site was the extreme marine environment,” says Jonathan Tolley, Architect at WADP, “This scheme really is exposed to the elements. It’s on top of a cliff; there is literally nothing between it and the sea.” Any materials had to survive that environment and be resistant to staining of any salts on the surface and self-cleansing.

This was a suitable challenge for SIG Zinc & Copper, who provide a wide range of metal products for roofing and cladding. The new development of luxury flats known as […]

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Vita Student Newcastle – timeless yet contemporary zinc and stone Vita Student Newcastle – timeless yet contemporary zinc and stone

Vita Student Newcastle – timeless yet contemporary zinc and stone

Vita Student Newcastle – timeless yet contemporary zinc and stone

Project: Vita Student Newcastle
Client: Vita Student
Architect/Interior Designer: Fuse
Main Contractor: Carillion
Window Subcontractor: Polar NE
Structural Engineer: WSP
Envelope Contractor: Roofclad Systems
Zinc: elZinc slate rhomboid shinglesThis is Vita Student Newcastle, a new development of 259 high quality student accommodation studios on Westgate Road in Newcastle town centre. The site is surrounded by eight listed buildings and is stone’s throw from Newcastle Central Station.

Architects and interior designers Fuse worked with Historic England and the city’s planning and design officers to develop a façade that is unashamedly contemporary, but has a timeless quality the client required, complementing the neighbouring buildings without imitating them.

The building presents a unified personality to the street and internal courtyard, stepping down across the site to respect the surrounding building’s massing. Façade materials are natural sandstone cladding on the major facades, changing to facing brickwork along Pudding Chare and to the rear of the site.

High quality anodised aluminium windows with detailed feature panels are used throughout, and elZinc Slate rhomboid shingles complete the look on upper levels, mansard roof and the recessed junction with the Union Rooms next door.

We talked to Project Architect Philip Walker of Fuse, who were the architects for the project and interior designers for the hub space, a recreational and break out space in the ground floor of the building.

Using zinc on the project

On a site of this importance, the façade treatment was always going to be important. “With eight listed buildings nearby, the architecture in and around the site is quite ornate,” says Philip Walker. “Our Design and Access statement reviewed the history of the site, and picked up the many mansard roofs and a lot of articulation and scalloped roof forms. […]

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The Alchemist, Salford Quays –  cladding a gold folded box The Alchemist, Salford Quays –  cladding a gold folded box

The Alchemist, Salford Quays – cladding a gold folded box

The Alchemist, Salford Quays – cladding a gold folded box

Project: The Alchemist, Salford Quays
Client: MediaCityUK / Peel Land and Property Group
Architect: Reid Architects
Main contractors: 
Artez Group
Envelope contractors: Longworth
Zinc: elZinc Rainbox Gold Protect supplied by SIG Zinc & Copper

A new gem has taken its place in the architectural playground that is Salford Quays in Manchester. Between the towers of MediaCityUK and Michael Wilford’s The Lowry, sits a small but perfectly formed gold parcel – a new home for The Alchemist, an innovative cocktail bar and restaurant which will open at the end of August 2017.

We spoke to its architect, Marion Room of Reid Architects and Paul Smith, MD of Longworth whose team installed the stunning folded gold roof and wall

The Evolution of a gem
The bund is a transitional space where pedestrians cross between Media City and the Lowry. MediaCityUK developers Peel Land and Property Group commissioned Reid Architects to create a design icon that would be a beacon linking both sites and provide an oasis for walkers between the two.

Reid Architects started discussions with the planners before there was an anchor tenant. “It was clear we would need to maintain several significant views across the site, and that the roof would be as important as the walls because so many people look down on it,” said Marion Room. The building is therefore all elevation, with a roadside main entrance and a cantilevered terrace looking out over the Manchester Ship Canal.

The team at Reid Architects began experimenting with cutting away the geometry in plan, but to address all the site constraints the design ‘became a wrapped object, like a […]