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Top marks for Alutec at prestigious Academy

Posted: Wednesday 5th August 2009

Appearance, durability and ease of installation were three key factors in the choice of aluminium rainwater systems from Marley Alutec for a prestigious new school in Essex.

The Gateway Academy in Tilbury/Chadwell St Mary aims to offer students an aspirational environment in which to achieve their full potential. This is reflected in the high quality and finish of the Academy buildings designed by Lyster Grillet & Harding Architects (LG & H).

Alutec products are manufactured from corrosion-resistant aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. They are lighter and more durable than alternative materials such as steel or cast iron and available in an architectural grade polyester powder coating. This results in a low maintenance, colour stable decorative finish that will last for more than 40 years.

LG & H specified Alutec products from Marley Plumbing and Drainage for all the school buildings, as well the main entrance ramp and a stand-alone substation.

The guttering used for four blocks of the Academy was Aligator Boxer, a rectilinear section system that is ideal for modern buildings, with concealed fascia brackets and internal snap-fit unions. This was supplied with a metallic silver powder coated finish and paired with matching Vortex 76mm downpipes.

Where a higher drainage capacity was required, on a further three blocks, Aligator Giant trapezoidal section guttering was used – again with concealed fixings and snap fit joints.

The guttering has been designed to be as subtle as possible, blending in with the rest of the building. An exception is on Block D where the pipe work is used as a feature. The gutter detail alters at the penetration of the featured glulam columns. The downpipe to the face of the glulam beams is quite prominent and follows its profiled curve.

Lyster Grillet & Harding specified the Marley Alutec products for a number of reasons, including the ease of installation of the snap fit products and the fact that the hidden fixings give a neat and tidy appearance. Additional benefits included the durability and low-maintenance requirement of the products.

Lianne Toothill of Lyster Grillet & Harding says that Alutec products have been part of Lyster Grillet & Harding’s standard specification for over ten years and have been used in at least 25 projects, predominantly in the education sector.

Lianne commented: “We have always been very satisfied with the Marley service and range of products, and we will continue to specify them in our future projects.”

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