Young people in Hampshire are benefitting from a brand new community hub, built using Marley Eternit’s Thrustone Fibre Cement slates. The project was developed by local residents in collaboration with the architects, and funded by Tadley Council taxpayers as well as grants secured by the Tadley District and Community Association.
To deliver its contemporary design, the architects required a roofing solution which could also be used on the building’s façade to create a seamless exterior finish. In response to the bespoke brief, Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate from Marley Eternit was specified; providing a smooth dark grey appearance, while its lightweight properties meant it was suitable for use on both the roof and façade.
Oliver Wood, Associate Director at Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, explained: “We wanted to create a landmark building that would serve local young people, while also being at the core of the wider community. Yet, we also wanted to challenge the status quo of youth centres by creating a truly original building, designed in collaboration with the very people who would be using it.
“Local contractor Francis Construction was commissioned to build the youth centre and worked to deliver a bold finish which contrasted dark grey tones against flashes of timber to create a real focal point among the surrounding area. Marley Eternit’s Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate is lightweight enough to be used on the building façade without compromising the strong aesthetic appeal we were looking for.”
Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate offers a minimum pitch down to 15°, while also achieving BES 6001 ‘Very Good’ rating to gain credits under BREEAM and CFSH, and is a 100% recyclable building material.