Marley Alutec’s aluminium ranges combine contemporary and traditional design at luxury housing development

The true versatility of aluminium as an eaves product has been realised through Marley Alutec’s involvement in the Woodside Square development in North London, developed by Hill Partnerships and Hanover Housing.

Woodside Square is a redevelopment of St. Luke’s Hospital, located in the Muswell Hill area of North London since 1930. The new six-acre development comprises 159 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes created for over 55s.

Architect Pollard Thomas Edwards’ design captured the contemporary arts and crafts style typical of the post-Edwardian area in this gentrified location by using high-quality materials and incorporating beautiful design details. Aluminium was chosen as the ideal material for juxtaposing careful restoration against modern styling.

Marley Alutec’s snapfit boltless rainwater gutters were included on the specification for the contemporary flats, following a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on aluminium systems at the architects’ practice.

Sustainability was a key part of the concept for Woodside Square, not only in terms of ensuring energy efficiency, but also in the building materials chosen. The low environmental impact and infinite recyclability of aluminium further justified its use for the scheme.

The site management team at Hill Partnerships was keen to retain its trusted trades. Marley Alutec produced material schedules for procurement of fascia, soffit, and rainwater goods for the contemporary flats. On-site installer training was then trialed on the first block, where Marley Alutec demonstrated how the composite fascia could be installed using standard carpentry tools. The quality and cost effectiveness of the installation proved enough for Hill Partnerships to repeat this model for the rest of the blocks. This included the careful restoration of the three existing hospital buildings.

The Admin block used moulded Ogee gutters to BS8530 as an authentic replacement for the existing cast iron, modified for rear outlet discharge into in-situ pipework. The Roseneath and Norton Leas blocks were one of the first orders for Marley Alutec’s new Tudor 102mm pipe range. The design and production of bespoke gutter and pipe fittings enabled the unobtrusive installation of the systems to meet the design brief, including outlets for the balconies. Following this, further applications for the fascia product were soon identified, for example, the entrance canopies and sunrooms.