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MARLEY ETERNIT - Full Marks For Marley Eternit Fibre Cement Cladding

A new Learning Resource Centre at a Cheltenham school has been given a stunning modern design with help from Marley Eternit’s Pictura fibre cement rainscreen cladding.

Pictura in two shades of Green were specified for the Learning Resource Centre at Bournside School to achieve a striking finish which harmonises with its surroundings on the edge of the school’s playing fields.

Fibre cement Pictura has a beautiful, hard, smooth, silky, matt surface with a UV cured top layer that offers good protection against many types of staining, including graffiti produced by common aerosol, providing a long term low maintenance solution for the school.

Fibre cement, which is a strong yet lightweight material, was particularly suited to the innovative design of the new building, which includes curved walls and a striking angular facade with overhanging elevations to reduce solar gain.

The clients on this project were Bournside School and Gloucestershire County Council. Head teacher Allan Foulds set the design brief for the new building, which was required to be “a recognisably separate and distinct building with visible visionary impact”.

Simon Kneafsey of ADP architects explains: “The building was designed as a statement to the community to demonstrate in a physical form how the school is looking to the future and investing in the very latest teaching and learning practices.”

He adds: “The existing buildings are of 1960s red brick construction and it was important that the Learning Resource Centre reflected the modern, forward thinking approach of the school. We specified Pictura from Marley Eternit because we knew that it is a lightweight, strong material that would allow us to achieve our innovative design, whilst creating a building that would continue to look good long into the future.”

The lower section of the wall is a block cavity and brick construction, and above 900mm an insulated timber frame has been used. The Pictura fibre cement panels are bonded to the timber frame as a secret fix solution, and maintain a rear ventilated cavity throughout. The walls achieve a U-value of 0.25 W/m2K.

The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Marley Eternit fibre cement cladding panels can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement single sheet - (Element Ref: 80623042, 806230422, 806230447, 806230450).

Pictura is available in a range of colours and has an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years. It has excellent weather resistance as well as being resistant to insects, mould growth and fungi.

For more information on Pictura from Marley Eternit please email below:

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