Roofing and cladding products from Eternit Building Materials have helped a national housebuilder win awards for its part in a landmark multi-developer scheme.

Bellway Homes’ 87 three to five-storey luxury apartments and houses at the estuary of the River Arun at Baltic Wharf and Norfolk Wharf in the Conservation Area of Littlehampton, West Sussex, won the developer various planning awards.

Eternit’s Blue/Black Rivendale fibre cement slates and fibre cement Weatherboard cladding in the pre-painted colours brown, blue and green were specified by Osel Architecture and Development Consultants to rejuvenate the derelict dockland and were installed by Alincourt Roofing and Beacon Roofing.

Gavin Bourne, senior project co-ordinator for Bellway Homes South East, that has used Eternit products on other developments, said they were specified because they complemented the vernacular, while the fibre cement Weatherboard brought a historic fishing village feel to the development.

"The boarding in particular contributes greatly to the project as it is quite a prominent feature, especially in the colours selected," he said.

A spokesman for Osel added: "We were looking for an elevational material which was low-maintenance, long-lasting and inexpensive, that gave us the coastal character required. Eternit Weatherboard was the only realistic option."

Fellow developer David Wilson Homes used two types of Eternit’s natural clay plain tiles on County Wharf at an adjacent site – the double-cambered Acme range in Heather Sandfaced colour and single-cambered Hawkins range in Red Blend and Heather Mixture colours.

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