Scarborough Sixth Form College

Project: Scarborough Sixth Form College

Marley Eternit's architectural fibre cement facade materials have changed the face of Scarborough Sixth Form College as part of a £2m refurbishment project.


EQUITONE [natura], in four contrasting colours, was specified by Seven Architecture as an overclad solution for the College's Maths and Arts Block.


The fibre cement facade material replaced the existing brick and UPVC cladding, which was looking tired and portrayed an outdated image of the school to visitors.


Seven Architecture chose EQUITONE, which brings together the Marley Eternit architectural materials [natura], [tectiva], [pictura] and [textura], to fulfil their brief of transforming the Maths and Arts Block into a more appealing, inspiring and energy efficient building.


EQUITONE [natura] was selected for its decorative, tactile, smooth surface that allows the natural variegation of the fibre cement finish to be seen through the semi-translucent coating, providing an aesthetically pleasing effect.  The material provides the College with a tough yet practical solution that can withstand the day-to-day demands of college life, yet still offers low maintenance.


Graham Boyce, Architect at Seven Architecture, said: "Our brief was to rejuvenate the existing Maths and Arts Block to create a more contemporary and appealing building.  We chose to overclad it in colours that referenced the existing red brick and slate roofed campus. We used landscaped fibre cement panels, with staggered joints to further emphasise the linear nature of the building."


Graham added: "We selected Marley Eternit's architectural fibre cement facade materials to create a modern yet subtly appealing overclad solution.  The matt nature of the panels ensured that the building was able to reference the masonry on other college buildings.  The refurbished Maths and Arts building now provides a statement for the college to show the quality of their campus and the facilities on offer for prospective students."


2.9m x 0.3m EQUITONE [natura] panels in Anthracite, Cool Grey, Cream White and Ruby were used to overclad the Maths and Art block. The architects specified three different colours of EQUITONE [natura] to create a soft yet intriguing aesthetic. Ruby was used to highlight elements of the facade and respond to the deep red colour of the predominant brickwork material used elsewhere on campus.


The fibre cement panels were fixed using colour matched screws to complement the different facade colours used across the building. Although the fibre cement facade will provide the building with enhanced weather performance benefits, the overclad solution was specified mainly to improve the appearance on the building.


Marley Eternit fibre cement architectural facades offer an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years and can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement single sheet - (Element Ref: 80623042, 806230422, 806230447, 806230450).


The main contractor on this project was Simpson (York) Ltd.  The overcladding was carried out by North Yorkshire based Speedclad.