South East England
Platform 5 Architects
JB Western Red Cedar shingles
A custom-built detached home situated on a peninsula in a secluded lagoon, which won a number of leading industry awards, features JB Western Red Cedar shingles from Marley Eternit.
Located in the Norfolk broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, Backwater, which was created by Platform 5 Architects, is made up of three self-contained modules. Each individual module is further complemented by the cedar-clad pitched roofs found at the front of the property.
The unusual location of the property meant the project’s architects required a roofing solution which not only delivered a stand-out design, but which was also sympathetic to the surrounding trees and water. In addition, the structural requirements required all materials used to offer lightweight properties. Platform 5 was also keen to deliver a property which placed sustainability and energy efficiency at its heart.
Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar shingles were the obvious choice to create a textured roofscape which seamlessly blends in with the natural surroundings.
Externally, both the roof and side walls have been clad in treated shingles, offering a darker aesthetic, while the front and rear elevations of the property used untreated shingles, which will naturally weather to deliver a warm textured appearance.
Cedar shingles offer a renewable and sustainable roofing and cladding solution with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product. They also require low maintenance, and the colour blend ensures the building fits seamlessly within the type of natural environment the project sought to replicate.
JB shingles, which are Certi-grade accredited as ‘Blue Label’ by the CSSB (Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) were specified as they guarantee the highest quality shingles and are PEFC accredited. The majority of the shingles specified were also treated with MicroPro®, a clear treatment which protects against wood rooting fungi and insect attacks. The treatment also lets the shingle weather naturally without any of the staining sometimes associated with other treatments, and delivers an extended life span of 40 years.
The home was awarded a RIBA East Award 2017 in recognition of the building’s regional importance as a piece of architecture. As further testament to the property’s striking design, Backwater also won the Custom and Self Build Project of the Year at the 2017 Structural Timber Awards, which celebrates expertise in timber and its continued contribution to the built environment.