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Alderley Park Leisure Centre, UK

Dura Cladding Composite Timber Fins | Case Study

Project: Everybody @ Alderley Park Leisure Centre, Macclesfield, UK

Client: Pozzoni Architecture

Everybody @ Alderley Park is a state of the art health and fitness facility in the heart of Cheshire which opened in October 2019.

Designed by Pozzoni Architecture on behalf of property developers Bruntwood SciTech, the £4m Alderley Park Sports Complex replaced the previous 40-year-old facility and boasts a range of modern indoor and outdoor facilities, within the landscaped grounds of Alderley Park.

With its simple plan and form, materials have been given special consideration to lift the design from the ordinary to the extraordinary, defining a building with a real sense of place. Taking cues from its woodland setting, the new leisure centre is clad in vertical fins made from high performance composite timber Dura Cladding.

The Dura Cladding gives the building a striking and unique appearance, and is offset beautifully by the gabion retaining walls, which contain recycled materials from the construction site.

Everybody @ Alderley Park is the Winner of the Specifi Manchester Architecture Project of the Year 2020. It is also shortlisted for the Insider North West Property Award 2020 (Design Excellence category) and the National Building & Construction Award 2020 (Project of the Year up to £10 million category).

Speaking about the award winning project, Martin Bransby, Director at Pozzoni Architecture said:

Alderley Park’s Sports Complex really breaks the mould of the traditional leisure centre. We were given a unique, off-piste brief and a stunning site to work with. From the outset, we tried to bring the feeling of being outdoors into our designs for the building.


We’ve used traditional materials and sustainable materials (like the composite timber Dura Cladding) in some innovative ways, to give a fairly simplistic building a dramatic appearance and genuine curb appeal. We’re extremely satisfied with the end results.

Unlocking the Power of Composites for the Architectural Sector

Work started on site at Alderley Park in December 2018 and was completed in October 2019. Construction work was carried out by GMI Construction Group PLC.

The Composite Timber Dura Cladding fins were used as part of the main envelope system of the building and as a solar shading element to add architectural interest. Pozzoni Architecture worked closely with the QS at RBA Richard Boothroyd & Associates to devise a solution that met the needs of durability, UV resistance, sustainability and cost for the project.

About Dura Cladding

Dura Cladding is produced from composite timber, also sometimes known as WPC, which is manufactured by an extrusion process using a mix of recycled plastics and hardwood with various bespoke additives.

It is an immensely versatile material which combines the traditional appearance and workability of timber with the durability and resilience of an engineered composite. It can be used to screen exterior pipework, or to create feature walls for a wide range of building styles.

As well as the fin system used on this project, Dura Cladding is also available in both Flush and Weatherboard profiles with a stunning ‘Resist’ woodgrain textured surface, in multiple colours. Both versatile cladding products offer considerable advantages to architects, contractors, self-builders and end-users, including:

  • No need to paint, seal or treat the cladding
  • Simple installation using standard tools
  • Rot, splinter and warp resistant
  • Contemporary and traditional design options
  • A 15 year warranty and 25 year expected service life
  • UV Colour stability
  • Full range of trims and accessories
  • Available as FSC® Certified

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