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Trespa adds colour to striking affordable housing development

London, United Kingdom

, 12 Apr 2013 - 14:55

The urban jungle has a new landmark development courtesy of an innovative design by Glas Architects and the bespoke façade solutions created by Trespa.

Making use of Trespa’s Meteon panels, the £2.1 million affordable housing scheme in Elephant and Castle, London, for housing association Family Mosaic includes latticed facades inspired by ivy vines.

Featuring shared ownership, social rent and large family-sized housing, the 21-unit development revived an existing brownfield site in one of London's most deprived areas.

The building's distinctive front and rear facades are designed to resemble a creeping vine, in the form of triangular cladding on the front and rear elevations. These are supported by heavier flanking walls.

Architect Nazar Sayigh, who heads up the Southwark-based practice, explained that from the initial concept, there was a desire to produce a seemingly complex and bespoke facade. As a result, Trespa’s Meteon panels provided the perfect solution.

Meteon panels offer the large degree of design flexibility and adaptability that Glas Architects required for the development to create the distinctive and striking façade. Yet the panels are also vandal resistant, tough and easy to keep clean and retain their appearance over a long period of time.

Trespa’s products are weather resistant, coping with extreme climate changes. Both the UV resistance and colour stability of the vertically applied panel comply with classification 4-5 measured with the grey scale according to ISO 105 A02.

The key benefits of Meteon are: a pore free surface structure, ensuring that dirt hardly accumulates; high-impact resistance. Reaction to fire testing according to EN 13501-1 gives, for FR-rated panels a class B-s1-d0 or B-s2-d0, and for Standard panels, a D-s2,d0.

This combination of aesthetics, flexibility, strength and safety are perfectly showcased in the New Kent Road development.

The apartments designed by Nazar Sayigh are available on a shared ownership or rental basis within a landmark building that stands out in the area and meets the needs of the local community.

More photos of the of the New Kent Road project.