Dura Cladding Gives New Lease of Life to South-West London Community Youth Project

By Stuart Burns July 28, 2015

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The Main House is Georgian in Style

A much loved community youth centre in South West London which is accessed by over 1000 young people each year has been given a new lease of life thanks to the installation of smart new composite timber cladding from Dura Composites. Heatham House is a large Georgian building situated near Twickenham railway station and has served as a youth centre since the 1950s. The Heatham Campus has three buildings - the Main House, the Garage and the Venue and is aimed at providing a range of fun activities for young people to engage with safely to encourage them to try new things, make friends and feel supported in the range of challenges they face in everyday life.

Owned by Richmond Council, the exterior of the Venue space at Heatham House was identified as requiring modernisation as it was in a poor state of repair. Working with contractor Oakland Construction, the council decided that a durable but low-maintenance solution was needed, as traditional materials such as wood do fade and rot over time unless they are regularly treated, which can be a costly and time consuming task. The council were also keen to achieve a fresh, modern look that could withstand a range of climates and circumstances, such as damage from balls during friendly kickabouts.

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The Venue - Dura Cladding Type 150 Flush in Charcoal

The highly durable and eco-friendly Dura Cladding Type 150mm Flush in Charcoal was selected as the ideal choice. This composite timber cladding has the aesthetic beauty of timber, coupled with the benefits of high technology, easy installation and low maintenance. Composite timber cladding is produced by combining natural wood flour and high density polyethylene with specially selected additives and a suitable binding agent to create a composite material that looks just like natural wood but doesn’t require painting or staining. It is ideal for battling the UK weather and offers a fantastic 25 year life cycle thanks to its durable nature and low maintenance requirements.

Speaking following the installation, Declan Sinnott of Oakland Building Services who managed the project said; “Dura Cladding offered all of the key properties that our client needed for this project in terms of its low-maintenance and durability and was the ideal choice from our point of view. The detailed Technical Manual provided by Dura Composites enabled our highly skilled specialist team to install the product quickly and efficiently, and the results have drawn praise from far and wide”.

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The smart new exterior has drawn much praise

Since its launch 3 years ago, Dura Cladding has already been specified on a wide range of projects in climates as diverse as Colchester to Kuwait, as architects and contractors look for the rare combination of a natural wood look allied to colour fade resistance. The range is 100% Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified and is manufactured from up to 87% recycled materials, ensuring its suitability for eco-project specifiers.

Dura Cladding is available through International Timber’s well-established regional depot sales centres. Dura Cladding comes in 5 designs and 7 attractive colours for 2015 and appeals to house builders and contractors and commercial property developers looking for an aesthetically pleasing, hard-wearing and low maintenance way to finish the exterior of both new and refurbished buildings.