SCS, CA Group Limited's specialist cladding division, has announced the appointment of two new members to the team, following a string of business wins including Winvic’s Helix, in Birmingham and Rushden Lakes, the £140m retail, leisure and tourism destination in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire.

EQUITONE facade materials from Marley Eternit evoke the unique nature of fibre cement - a mineral composite material with outstanding physical and aesthetic properties.

Proteus Facades has helped create an awe-inspiring fortress-like facade on FetLor Youth Club using its Proteus SC corten rainscreen cladding.

Vastern Timber has developed a CPD to help architects and other specifiers address the resurgence in timber cladding. Entitled ‘Selecting the Right Timber Cladding’ the presentation explains all of the options and factors that influence timber cladding installation and will help to ensure that cladding used in their designs looks good and lasts.

Following last year’s NFRC Roofing Awards win, Sika Sarnafil Registered Contractor Contour Roofing, has once again been recognised for its outstanding work, making the shortlist in the Single Ply category.

Timber cladding is a beautiful, natural material for creating warm and stunning appearances for new-build projects. However, local Building Regulations will often require an approved and effective fire retardant protection to the claddings to ensure a safe service life, particularly for public access buildings.

The newly-completed office building for Christies Care on a rural site in Suffolk is perhaps Nicholas Hare’s greenest building yet. The design followed Passivhaus principles and achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating. It is largely built of wood; the external cladding is of specially treated, unpainted timber boards and the superstructure is of cross-laminated timber. Furthermore, it was erected in three weeks.

A pioneering low-carbon housing development in Sheffield has used Marley Eternit’s fibre cement slates, cladding and profiled sheeting to create a striking, long-lasting aesthetic that is challenging the conventions of urban design.

Timber claddings are fantastic, natural materials for creating warm and stunning appearances to new build projects. However, depending upon the project, UK Building Regulations will require an approved and effective fire retardant protection to ensure a safe service life.

Vastern Timber has unveiled Brimstone, the first commercially available thermally modified British timber, at Ecobuild 2016. Sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands, the Brimstone range is ideal for cladding, decking, external joinery and furniture, and includes thermally modified ash, sycamore and poplar.

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