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Sustainability and style from Marley Alutec

Taking advantage of Marley Alutec’s composite aluminium Evoke fascia and soffit system, and Aligator Boxer guttering, a unique renovation and self build project in Kent is taking place.

Sustainability and style from Marley Alutec

Nick Leggett, partner of NDL Consulting, and Sonja Johnson took on the project, the first stage involving the complete renovation of an old methodist chapel located in Goudhurst Kent. The second stage has seen an ambitious new build take shape called ‘Chapel View’.

Started in September 2013, Chapel View is a 2,000 square foot dwelling built using an insulated concrete formwork system. Sitting partly below ground with 600 tonnes of earth removed from the site, the property hunkers down into its surroundings, with no heating required and sustainable materials used throughout.

Leggett said: “When starting the project we were after a real mixture of traditional and modern materials; of natural surfaces and clean lines. After seeing Marley Alutec’s Evoke fascia and soffit, and Aligator Boxer ranges at a recent trade show I knew it was the perfect fit for this project, as its square box sections provided the contemporary detail I wanted. I also wanted the rainwater systems to match the fenestration so the fact that the Evoke range is available in the same RAL 7016 dark grey colour was a real selling point.

“In addition to fitting in with the building aesthetically, it was important to me that the chosen systems will perform well for the foreseeable future. The life expectancy of Marley Alutec’s products far exceeds that of plastic or timber systems, while the minimal maintenance needs of the system are very impressive and make it a solid investment for the on-going performance of the building envelope.”

Marley Alutec’s Evoke range is made from a recycled polyethylene core with an aluminium outer layer, making it both light and strong, despite being only 4mm thick. What’s more, it has a life expectancy of over 50 years.

The entire system is fully recyclable, and the manufacture of aluminium composite board uses approximately 75% less energy than that needed to manufacture the equivalent volume in solid aluminium sheet.

Marley Alutec’s Aligator range offers the same long life expectancy as the Evoke range and is made from marine grade aluminium, impervious to corrosion.

Leggett added: “Central to the design of our new home was our desire to build responsibly and efficiently. The sustainability of Marley Alutec’s products and the thermal efficiency of our exterior envelope using the ICF system, were key factors in helping us to build in this way, and I would highly recommend them to other self builders.

“I am thoroughly pleased with the finished look of the eaves system and confident that it will last for many years to come.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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