EQUITONE architectural fibre cement materials from Marley Eternit have been used to create a striking facade on the UK’s most northerly cinema and music venue.
Marley Eternit’s EQUITONE was specified by Gareth Hoskins Architects for the £12.4m ‘Mareel’ building in Lerwick, Shetland, which has recently been awarded both RIAS Regional and RIBA National Awards.
EQUITONE allows the texture of the fibres to show through, offering a unique visual appearance and natural fibre cement finish.
Taking inspiration from the building’s location on the edge of Lerwick’s historic Hay’s Dock, Gareth Hoskins Architects chose Anthracite coloured EQUITONE because of its combination of toughness, texture and appealing colour.
Robustness of the facade materials was an overriding factor on this project because Lerwick shares the same latitude as Alaska to the West and Norway to the East, and regularly experiences gusts of wind over 70 miles per hour.
The fibre cement facade panels were mechanically fixed to the structural framework using a mechanical secret fix system. Calculations were carried out to ensure the fixings could cope with the wind forces on the structure, in accordance with BS CP 3: Chapter V-2. This gives methods for calculating the maximum gust wind loads that should be taken into account when designing buildings.
As well as it physical robustness, EQUITONE was chosen for Mareel because the fibre cement material echoed the simple, robust forms that are typical of the nearby fishing industry buildings. The aesthetics of the fibre cement panels also complemented the other elements specified for the facade of the Mareel building.
Gareth Hoskins of Gareth Hoskins Architects said:
“We specified a Marley Eternit fibre cement facade principally because of its proven robustness, an essential requirement in this exceptionally exposed, northerly location. The material also gives an excellent uniformity of colour and sharp finish to the facades it adorns, providing a striking contrast with the more rugged nature of the other building elements and setting Mareel apart from the surrounding industrial sheds around the harbour.”
Marley Eternit fibre cement architectural facades offer an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years and 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).
The client on this project was Shetland Arts Development Agency. Main contractor was DITT Construction Ltd.
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