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KNAUF Aquapanel Weather-Proofs Award-Winning Development

Specialist exterior boards developed by Knauf Drywall – the UK’s leading manufacturer of lightweight building products and systems – have helped a 12 home development in Hampshire’s New Forest win the coveted Premier Guarantee Award for Medium Development of the Year.

MPR Projects chose Knauf Aquapanel Exterior when constructing 12 timber-framed houses at Cedar Gate in Ringwood as it weather-proofs the structure rapidly while under construction, and then provides a durable substrate for decorative finishes throughout the life of the building. The Cedar Gate development has 650m2 of boarded render and a similar 600m2 of Aquapanel Exterior behind the timber cladding.

The BBA-approved board has a Portland cement and aggregate core, with a coated glass fibre mesh embedded in its back and front surfaces; while the rendered surfaces were K Rend’s HPXbasecoat and Scrim finished with a silicone coloured render top coat.

Aquapanel is simple and easy to install – Cedar Gate was completed in just 35 weeks – as panels can be fitted in just 15 minutes per square metre. This can be done whether you use render to fill the joints as in the case of Cedar Gate or choose screws, joint tape and joint filler. It can be cut to shape using the score and snap technique and there is no need for time consuming processing methods or special tools, so reducing installation costs as subcontractors Dorset Dry Lining (DDL) discovered.

“We found it easier to handle and to fix than the exterior boards we had used previously. The technical help from Knauf Drywall was brilliant, too,” said DDL’s James Cooper.

The Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards recognise the best new developments in the country and winners are chosen entirely on their quality and workmanship after an exhaustive three-month judging process.

Aquapanel was not the only Knauf Drywall product used in the development: as well as 650m2 of 12.5mm Knauf Aquapanel Exterior, some 1,400 sheets of Knauf 15mm Standard Wallboard have been used internally, with high performance 12.5mm Knauf Moistureshield specified for bathrooms and 15mm Knauf Vapourshield for lining the roofs.

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