A blog written by Alumasc Water Management Solutions…
Are your earbelts on their way out? Have your holderbats seen better days? Finding replacement rainwater products for a heritage property can be quite a challenge, particularly if that property is listed.
The Apex Heritage Cast Iron rainwater range from Alumasc is designed specifically for period properties and manufactured using casting techniques that ensure its appearance is faithful to the original.
These traditional and modern manufacturing methods are combined with quality control systems to ensure Alumasc's Heritage range of cast iron gutters and downpipes are produced to the highest quality.
Alumasc's standard cast iron gutter and downpipe products are available off the shelf in a variety of profiles. These can be pre-finished in certified factory finish in a choice of eight heritage colours, which are suitable for most restoration projects.
Of course, as anybody who has ever worked on a restoration project knows, there will always be at least one component or feature that is non-standard, a rainwater hopper or radius gutter perhaps. For non-standard rainwater components Alumasc offers a bespoke, made-to-order service to ensure the replacement will exactly match the original installation.
When Alumasc's Apex Heritage range of cast iron rainwater systems were used in the restoration of London's St Pancras International Station, very little was standard.
As part of the redevelopment of the Grade I listed project, English Heritage insisted that new rainwater details must be faithful reproductions of the original Victorian moulded Ogee gutters, basket weave downpipes and hoppers that were installed when the station was built almost a century-and-a-half ago.
Alumasc's technical team worked closely with English Heritage and the main contractor to design and produce bespoke moulds to successfully recreate perfect cast iron replicas of all the ornate components and fixings.
For heritage properties which are not listed or are located where less onerous planning rules apply- it might be your home! Alumasc offers a cast aluminium alternative to cast iron.
Alumasc's Heritage Cast Aluminium range of rainwater products is a lighter alternative to cast iron. In fact, the aluminium range can be used as a direct replacement for cast iron where planning regulations permit. The Heritage Cast Aluminium range is also available as a bespoke, made to order service for applications where standard fittings are not available.
But why stick with reproducing the old when you can create something new and unique? If this is an option for you, Alumasc are equally at home using traditional techniques to create unique, contemporary high-performance cast iron or aluminium rainwater systems.
These can be used to differentiate a one-off contemporary home from its neighbours; ornate rainwater hoppers could incorporate a house name or motif, for example, to create a one-off feature that will add character and detail to a building.
Whatever the application, whether the aim is to precisely match an existing heritage rainwater system or to produce a one-off contemporary solution, Alumasc's Apex Heritage range of cast iron and Heritage cast aluminium rainwater systems are sure to perfectly suit the project's requirements.
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