Newham Grange Country Farm, Middlesbrough

Newham Grange Country Farm, Middlesbrough

Client: Mouchel
Contractor: NT Sweeting Roofing Contractors
Type of works: supply and installation of Marley's fibre-cement profiled sheeting to replace asbestos cement sheets.

Marley fibre-cement profiled sheeting has been used to replace asbestos cement sheets at Newham Grange Country Farm in Middlesbrough.

At the time, Newham Grange Country Farm was undergoing a major refurbishment including converting one of the buildings to a café, and the council, which owns the facility, felt that this provided an ideal opportunity to replace the existing roof sheets.

Marley profiled sheeting is widely used on agricultural and equestrian buildings because, whilst watertight, it has an ability to absorb 25 per cent of its dry weight in moisture and dissipate it in more favourable conditions. This significantly reduces the occurrence of condensation, helping to reduce breathing related conditions in animals, which will prove particularly beneficial to the rare breeds at Newham Grange.

The fibre-cement sheets are also corrosion resistant because it has no metallic content. This makes it highly suitable for buildings that house animals as the breath from livestock is slightly acidic and would have a detrimental effect on steel sheets. Marley fibre-cement sheeting, which has a life expectancy of up to 50 years, eliminates reverberation from hail and heavy rain often found with other sheet materials and therefore improves animal welfare.

Marley products were specified by Mouchel, a consulting and business services group. “We received excellent support from Marley and found their advice on replacing the existing roof to be both useful and informative,” said a spokesperson from of Mouchel. “The new fibre-cement roof at Newham Grange looks set to provide a long term, low-maintenance solution for the client.”

The sheets were replaced by NT Sweeting Roofing Contractors, based in nearby Stockton-on-Tees.

Fibre-cement profiled sheeting has achieved an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification, which recognised its low maintenance and long life expectancy.

Marley is the only UK-based manufacturer of fibre-cement sheeting, providing customers with a reduced carbon footprint compared to overseas manufactured products.

For more information on fibre-cement profiled sheeting from Marley, call: (01283) 722588, or email:

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