Published On: Thu, Aug 9th, 2012

Cedral Weatherboard’s whole-life solution at fertility centre

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Fibre cement Cedral Weatherboard from Marley Eternit has been specified as part of a whole-life cost model on The Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Cedral Weatherboard was initially selected because of its visual appeal. The subtly textured surface on Cedral Weatherboard gives the appearance of timber, which provided the centre with a reassuring domestic aesthetic. This was considered important as it helps visitors relax upon arrival by making them feel at home.

The whole-life cost approach taken by Arturus Architects for each building component considered factors such as design, construction method, maintenance, renewal and disposal.

Marley Eternit was able to demonstrate how fibre cement Cedral Weatherboard met the criteria because it offers impressive life cycle costs, minimal maintenance as well as ease and speed of installation along the lines of Modern Methods of Construction. In terms of long term performance, Cedral Weatherboard won’t warp or shrink over time, or need constant re-painting like timber products.

Whole-life cost on this project enabled the architects to demonstrate long term value for money and more predictable project outcomes to North Bristol NHS Trust, the client on this new build development.

Arturus Architects specified Cedral Weatherboard in Brown for the single storey section of the facility, which creates a state-of-the-art regional fertility centre at Southmead hospital. Stephen Chapman, a Partner at Arturus Architects, said: “Cedral Weatherboard was specified in Brown because it helps to create a non-clinical, domestic aesthetic at the entrance of the building. The fibre cement Cedral Weatherboard also gives the appearance of timber, but has the advantage of offering a long term, low maintenance solution, which was an essential requirement of our whole-life cost model on this project.”

Cedral Weatherboard has an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years. The range is offered in 22 colours and four woodstain finishes, along with a range of matching coloured aluminium trims. The boards can be cut, nailed or screwed just like timber, providing an easy to install, practical facade solution.

The walls of the single storey building are constructed from concrete blockwork onto which timber battens, waterproof membrane and exterior insulation are fixed. Cedral Weatherboard is then nailed to the battens in a shiplap configuration incorporating a rear ventilated cavity to provide the building with enhanced weather performance benefits. The walls achieve a U-value of  0.26 W/m²K.

Cedral Weatherboard contributed to the sustainability of the fertility centre because it achieves an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement (calcium silicate) cladding – (Element Ref: 806220701, 806220675, 806220676).

The Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Southmead Hospital was commissioned by North Bristol NHS Trust. Main contractor on the project and installer of the Cedral Weatherboard was Stradform (formerly part of VINCI Construction UK Limited).

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