Talgarth Mill, Powys

Talgarth Mill, Powys

Client: Talgarth Mill
Type of works: supplied Fibre cement Profile 3.

Fibre cement Profile 3 from Marley has been specified for the roof and walls of a café adjoining a historic mill and cottage which has been renovated as an eco-centre and tourist attraction in Powys.

The café forms part of the Talgarth Mill project which was launched after residents in the area successfully bid for Lottery funding through last year’s BBC Village SOS programme. The restoration work has featured in a follow-up series presented by Sarah Beeny.

Architects Hoole and Walmsley of Powys designed the new café building which replaced a derelict corrugated steel-sheeted shed. “We specified black Profile 3 because it is an aesthetically pleasing, contemporary upgrade that overcame the issues with the existing steel sheets,” says Jacqui Walmsley, “And the fibre cement sheets will minimise rain noise within the café, which would have been much louder if steel sheets had been used.”

The café required Listed Building consent, and Ms Walmsley adds: “The Conservation Officer preferred Marley Profile 3 to a like for like steel sheet replacement.”

Rebecca Farren, Campaign Manager at Marley also commented; ‘We are delighted that Profile 3 ticked all the boxes for the Architect and Conservation Officer, in such an unusual project. Profiled Sheeting is proving to be quite popular within conservation areas, due to the product’s aesthetics and performance properties’

Marley’s Profile 3 sheets were installed on the walls and roof of the café with rigid insulation fitted behind to meet Building Regulations requirements. The walls were constructed from a timber frame incorporating 70mm of rigid insulation and Marley’s Profile 3 was used as a rainscreen cladding on horizontal timber battens. On the roof, most of the steel sheeting was replaced with Profile 3 fixed to timber purlins, but other parts were re-slated so that the appearance of the original roof finish was maintained.

Fibre cement profiled sheeting from Marley is vapour permeable, yet completely waterproof. Therefore if any moisture from inside the cafe penetrates into the roof construction, Profile 3 will allow it to diffuse to the outside. Together with ventilation through the sheet corrugations, this characteristic of fibre cement will minimise the risk of harmful condensation forming within the structure, where it could cause rotting of timber or corrosion of metal components.

Marley Profile 3 can generally offer a 50-year life expectancy and is low maintenance, meaning that once installed, clients have the peace of mind that the material will perform consistently over a long period of time.

Profile 3 is Class ‘0’ fire rated and possesses excellent thermal and acoustic properties.

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

UK manufactured fibre cement profiled sheeting can achieve an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for UK produced profiled air cured fibre cement sheeting (outer skin) - (Element Ref: 1012550002).

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