Featured recently in the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs, SIG Zinc & Copper have supplied the cladding for the Amphibious House in Buckinghamshire. This is an innovative ‘floating’ house, the first of its kind in the UK, which has used NedZink NOVA cladding to cover the roof and walls.
What is the Amphibious House?
The project is a private house which has been built on the banks of the Thames at Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Grand Designs follows clients Andy and Nicki Bruce and their architects Baca Architects through the build process.
The house is ‘amphibious’ in that for much of its life its sits on the ground in the normal way, but if there is flooding it is able to gently rise with the floodwater, settling back again when the floodwater recedes.
There has been a huge amount of interest in the Amphibious House, which has featured on the BBC Culture Show and in national newspapers.
Benefits of Zinc Roofing and Cladding
The house, which is relatively conventional in shape with a pitched roof, is clad on two sides and the roof with unusual diamond shaped zinc shingles.
Titanium zinc offers many benefits including:
Amphibious House Zinc Shingles
Using the Zinc supplied by SIG Zinc and Copper, the shingles were manufactured and installed by Kingsley Specialist Roofing, part of the Kingsley Group based in West Sussex. Kingsley is a member of FTMRC, the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, who represent the leading UK specialists in metal roofing design and installation.
The shingles are typically fixed to softwood boarding or plywood using fixing clips, and installing them is a skilled business.
Typical Installation on Ventilated Plywood:
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