Marley Alutec, the UK leader in aluminium guttering and eaves systems, was specified to deliver a range of products, including a bespoke window trim solution, to update the dated façade of Tynings, a seafront property in North Devon. With its technical team working closely with the project’s contractor, Marley Alutec provided the bespoke design to facilitate a simple installation process.
Originally built in the late 1960s overlooking Woolacombe Bay and the Bristol Channel, the residential property’s coastal location is subject to increased wind exposure. After discovering Marley Alutec’s Evoke fascia, soffit and coping solution online, the project’s contractor Nick Pullen of St Michaels Properties, approached the manufacturer as the system offered both the necessary rigidity and site workability needed for the window trim.
The full refurbishment consisted of an internal and external upgrade with the correct blend of modern and natural materials needed to sharpen up the property’s façade to meet aesthetic and performance requirements. As part of the refurbishment, the existing windows were replaced with modern alternatives with narrower frames. This left a gap around the new frames, which required closing with a neat, colour matched trim solution to complement the window finish.
“Once I saw how tight the radius of each fold in the Evoke system’s material could be, I knew we could create the sharp edges I needed – impossible with folded sheet aluminium,” commented Nick Pullen. “I was also impressed with the rigidity of the panels compared to sheet aluminium, the ease of cutting and the workability was a bonus.”
Prior to carrying out the project on site, Marley Alutec’s technical team worked collaboratively with Nick to produce a practical design in order to prevent potential on-site challenges. With the Evoke system’s installation carried out by a local tradesman, the early design input provided by Marley Alutec’s technical team enabled the project to be completed without issue.
“The technical support from Marley Alutec was invaluable. I explained to Alutec what I wanted to achieve, and we worked together to design a solution that would be possible to implement,” added Nick.
In addition, matching Evoke fascia, soffits and coping were also installed on the façade, with further coping used around Tynings’ stone chimney. Nick also specified Marley Alutec’s square rainwater downpipes and balcony outlets - ensuring a consistent and complementary aesthetic across the entire property. Due to the balcony outlets having a circular spigot as standard, Marley Alutec adapted each unit to have a square spigot. This enabled the connection between the outlet and downpipe to be a simple process of pushing them together, neatly concealed within the balcony’s soffit.
Kevin Wallis, Category Manager at Marley Alutec commented: “When you consider its stunning location, the project’s visual aesthetic and material durability were crucial. By working closely with Nick and the team, we were able to meet the requirements of the brief on both counts. We then created a unique product code so that the team could order easily via a local merchant. We look forward to working with Nick on more projects in the future.”
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