Ferry Terminal, Finloch, Isle of Rum, Scotland

Project: Ferry Terminal, Finloch, Isle of Rum, Scotland

Fibre cement Profile 6 from Marley Eternit has been specified for the new waiting room at the ferry terminal on the Isle of Rum.


The architects specified Profile 6 because of its durability, which means it will be able to withstand the severe weather conditions experienced in this part of the Inner Hebrides.


Profile 6 was used for the mono pitch roof of the new Welcome Building at the ferry terminal in Kinloch, which was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).


Exposed to Atlantic gales on the West Coast of Scotland, combined with severe winter temperatures, meant that it was essential that the roof covering was strong and durable. Other important factors were aesthetics and the sustainability because the entire island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation.


After evaluating a range of alternatives architect Jon Gay specified Profile 6 in Laurel Green to harmonise with the surrounding scenery. It also complemented the other materials used on the building, including Scottish larch doors and sandstone walls.


He explained: “My client and I liked the aesthetics of Profile 6 and felt it was appropriate to the rugged, natural setting. When this was combined with its excellent weather performance, cost effectiveness, and the fact that it has a very low embodied energy it proved to be the ideal solution.”


He added: “As well as the high quality of the material, I was impressed by Marley Eternit’s customer service, which included a very short lead time for the contractor and detailed technical advice where required.”


Profile 6 is fixed directly to the timber roof purlins using stainless steel top fix fasteners. Matching coloured fibre cement Laurel Green external bargeboards from Marley Eternit were used along the roof verges and ridge.


Marley Eternit fibre cement profiled sheeting contains no metallic components and has a 50-year life expectancy. It is low maintenance, meaning that once installed, clients have the peace of mind that the material will perform consistently over the long term.

The range is available in a wide range of colours to harmonise with most commonly used building material, such as brick, slate, stone concrete and timber. Marley Eternit’s Profile 6 sheets have a P60 (external SAA) rating to BS 476: Part 3: 1975, and can be classified Class 0 in accordance with the Building Regulations.


UK manufactured fibre cement profiled sheeting can achieve an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for UK produced profiled air cured fibre cement sheeting (outer skin) - (Element Ref: 1012550002).


Marley Eternit is the only UK-based manufacturer of fibre cement sheeting, providing customers with a reduced carbon footprint compared to overseas manufactured products.