The Beveridge Mews Development in Stepney is a showcase for the use of cedar shingles for the external building envelope. The project has been the recipient of many awards including a 2013 RIBA award. Marley Western Red cedar shingles were chosen for the exterior cladding, with a single ply used on the flat roof to complete the building envelope.
Cedar shingles were chosen to help the block of 8 properties blend on a brownfield site, previously thought of as unusable for residential development. Surrounded by existing houses, the timber cladding was thought to continue the visual of current fencing and enable the houses to blend into their environment.
Inclusive access was at the heart of this design. The houses provide a solution for multi-generational families and conform to the 16 principles of ‘Lifetime Homes’, whilst achieving Level 3 in the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Described by the Evening Standard as "a bold choice for social housing" cedar shingles will demand less maintenance than a painted rendered building.
The Evening Standard also wrote: "Typically associated with more traditional designs or church belfries, but used here in an urban cubiform architecture, has created an interesting paradox; the irregular timber cladding casts beautiful shadows and adds texture and character to the building."
Western Red cedar shingles have the lowest carbon footprint of widely used building materials. When designed as part of a low or zero carbon project, Marley Western Red cedar shingles can contribute significantly to sustainable credentials. They are both low carbon in manufacture and contribute to low carbon design and use.
A recent Canadian study, using PAS 2050 methodology, and a minimum 50-year service life, has shown cedar shingles can be a nett carbon sink even after transport and manufacturing.
Cedar shingles offer a high degree of thermal insulation (with a value of K=0.1067W/moC) and, as shingles are a lightweight solution, the design possibilities for enhanced insulation are also improved.