Alumasc’s Contemporary solution for Historic Site
Leading rainwater system manufacturer, Alumasc, have supplied a bespoke coping, fascia and gutter system for an award winning housing development at Waterstone Park, Kent. The development, which lies in the shadow of historic Stone Castle near Dartford and forms part of the Thames Gateway, includes houses, apartments, public spaces and parkland. The contemporary design of the 450 dwellings – a joint venture between Countryside Properties PLC and Land Securities - sits comfortably alongside the renovated formal gardens of the castle and provides accommodation of all types, 28% of which are affordable units.
Alumasc’s recently launched GX Box Gutter was used extensively, providing a lightweight system which is 30% quicker to install but retains the strength and performance of more traditional systems. A new internal joggle joint, which is integral to the box gutter, dispenses with the need for a loose union clip joint. The gutter simply slots into place and the number of jointing holes normally required is reduced, as is the amount of sealant, resulting in a clean and tidy junction. A double joggle joint is also available for all fittings.
Skyline fascia systems were fitted at the same time to meet the client’s requirements for a seamless installation which would complement the development’s contemporary appearance. Alumasc Skyline fascia and soffit systems are designed to accompany the GX range of aluminium gutters and provide clients with unique architectural solutions based on fully engineered and factory finished components. The Skyline system has minimal maintenance demands and is warranted for 25 years – ensuring lifecycle economy and peace of mind.
The Architect for Waterstone Park, which won a Housing Design Award in 2006, was Gardner Stewart and the Alumasc approved installer was Specialised Fixings of Ipswich.