Spectacular views of the sea usually come at the expense of a building’s façade. Not so with Merlin Homes’ new luxury apartments in Aberystwyth where Marley Eternit’s fibre cement Weatherboard cladding is helping to save them from the salt-laden atmosphere.

Marley Eternit’s Cedral Weatherboard was installed by Merlin Homes’ own joiners to elements of the four-storey apartment blocks which occupy a hillside plot at Parc Y Bryn just 500 metres from Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.

The 52 two and three-bedroomed apartments on North Road are spread over three blocks – Plas Dyffryn and Plas Hafod which offer split-level living over the third and fourth floors, and Plas Tudor.

They bring a colourful and contemporary style to a historic market town that was once one of Wales’ busiest harbours, is home to an Iron Age fort and a 12th Century castle, and more recently, a national library and university.

Built of traditional block and masonry, Merlin Homes’ apartments occupy the two-acre site of a former hospital and have attracted a wide mix of buyers, from young couples to pensioners, and property developers who have bought to let in this university town.

Merlin Homes’ development director Jeremy Ellis Jones said: “The weather was a major factor and that is where the Marley Eternit Weatherboard really came into play. The development is very exposed and gets so much of the sea air. I know, I live there and it doesn’t half take a battering, so it was important we protected the facade as much as possible.”

The company had not used Marley Eternit’s Cedral weatherboard before but employed it on Parc Y Bryn on the recommendation of Dilwyn Roberts Architects who specified it to resist the coastal atmosphere.

Easy to install, Merlin Homes’ builders were soon confident enough to move from pre-painted lengths to painting it themselves, in a vivid blue to complement the sandy colours used on the blockwork.

The development has now won a building award from Ceredigion County Council … and an assurance that Merlin Homes will use it again.

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