Aluminium rainwater manufacturer Marley Alutec has designed and supplied a bespoke fascia and soffit solution for the first phase of a major refurbishment project for Sheffield City Council that will go on to transform approximately 26,000 homes over the next five years.
Following a stringent tendering process, Marley Alutec’s aluminium products were specified because they met with the council’s commitment to provide housing and services that go beyond the industry standard. In particular, the impressive durability, lifecycle costs and sustainability credentials of Alutec’s products meant that they were a perfect fit for such a quality conscious project. The custom designed solution incorporates Alutec’s Evoke fascia and soffit system, along with its Evolve Deepflow range of guttering and Flush-fit downpipes.
Phase one of the project involves the remodelling of 130 flat roofed properties, including installation of external insulation to reduce thermal bridging, as well as changing the roofs from being centrally drained to externally. Alutec’s technical team worked closely with the council and the contractor to produce a unique and innovative design for the eaves detailing that encapsulates the insulation with its high-quality Evoke fascia and soffit system.
Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods Service at Sheffield City Council, commented: “We’re delivering a massive £300m investment programme for our Council homes over five years, to make them better for tenants.
“This includes replacing 26,000 roofs, external cladding, installing new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors, upgrading heating systems, installing solar panels and improving communal areas in flats and maisonettes.We need to attract the best contractors to deliver the work, who will provide high quality solutions to fit our needs for the long term.”
All of Marley Alutec’s products have a life expectancy of 50 years or more and are almost completely maintenance free, reducing life cycle costs and disruption to residents. The Evoke fascia and soffit range is manufactured from a recycled polyethylene core with an aluminium outer layer, making it extremely light and very strong – despite being only 4mm thick. What’s more, the range features a nano self-cleaning coat meaning that it will continue to look its best for many years to come.
Also installed at the project is Alutec’s Flush-fit downpipe and Evolve Deepflow guttering made from marine grade aluminium. Able to cope with the heaviest of rainfall thanks to a flow rate capacity of 4.9 litres per second, the Evolve range is a durable long-life solution. What’s more, aluminium can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality, so at the end of its lifespan the Evolve range is fully recyclable – making it one of the most sustainable rainwater systems available in the UK.
AT A GLANCE:
Evolve Deepflow Gutter System
Flush-fit 76mm Downpipe System
Evoke Fascia and Soffit System
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Sheffield City Council
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