A doctors’ surgery near Lincoln has been rebuilt using Equitone fibre cement façade material, giving the new premises a natural, contemporary look.
Richmond Medical Centre, in North Hykeham, has been developed to replace the outdated surgery with a modern, user-friendly facility for GPs, staff and patients. As part of the £2m design and build project, Lincoln-based Core Architects specified Equitone (natura), in a range of colours using a rivet fixing system.
Rod Davison, Architectural Technologist at Core Architects, said: “We worked with the planning authority to establish their requirements for a fibre cement façade material for this project and we specified Equitone to the developer.
“It’s durable and robust, with an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme, giving a strong contemporary appearance in line with the design requirements for new NHS premises.
“We’ve used Equitone before on several buildings and think it is a fantastic material to work with due to its outstanding physical properties and aesthetics. It also has a life expectancy of at least 50 years, which is great for NHS buildings, which need long term investment due to capital spending continuing to fall.”
Equitone (natura) offers a tactile smooth surface which allows the textures of the fibre cement to show through the façade. All the company’s materials are available in a range of colours, finishes and fixing options. In addition, the material meets the fire performance classification (A2-s1 d0), making it suitable for a variety of building types.