Monocouche render sets the style for Brighton new-builds
Seven recently completed three-storey town houses in Brighton are setting high design and construction standards aided by the stylish finish achieved through the application of weberpral M, the innovative one-coat, through-coloured monocouche render from Saint-Gobain Weber.
These new four-bedroom properties, built by Lewes’-based developer Cross Construction (Sussex) Limited, have light textured facades and razor sharp features that achieve a striking contemporary visual impact. Designed by architectural practice Turner Associates of Hove, East Sussex, the properties meet Code for Sustainable Design standards and provide spacious town centre living.
Factory produced to ensure product consistency weberpral M is a cementitious, through-coloured render suitable for one-coat application to suitable brick or block work substrates. Produced from carefully selected raw materials weberpral M monocouche render is formulated for pump application which makes quick and efficient installation that contributes to shorter programme periods, reducing associated scaffolding and site costs and permitting the completion of ground works at an earlier state. It is supplied ready-mixed with only the requirement of clean water to be added on site.
Saint-Gobain Weber UK is the first manufacturer of monocouche renders to be awarded an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Global 2008 Green Guide to Specification. This audited material helps specifiers to make selections that will collectively reduce the environmental impact of their buildings while achieving a higher number of BREEAM material specification credits. weberpral M has excellent weather resistance and durability whilst allowing the structure to breathe. Its through-coloured characteristic requires no decoration, is truly low maintenance and offers a variety of ways to achieve architectural features. It is available in a wide palette of 24 attractive colours.
weberpral M is applied in a two pass operation to a thickness of 20-28mm and then scraped when green giving a minimum render thickness of 15-25mm. On the recommendation of specialist applicator Complete Rendering Systems of Lewes, East Sussex, the properties were fully meshed with reinforcing meshcloth to protect against movement in the substrate and ensure maximum durability.
“We advised the client that this is a recognised and recommended procedure on a rapid build project and we are confident that the excellent finish will be maintained,” said Bradley Halls, Director, Complete Rendering Systems. “Applied in Chalk, to the structural substrate of 70Nm medium density concrete blockwork, the light fresh colour has contributed to the sharp, contemporary appearance of these attractive properties.”