Timbmet cladding for cutting edge Linden development
Timber specialists, Timbmet, have been instrumental in supplying a unique look to one of the key developments in Harlow, Essex – be:Newhall.
be:Newall is a high profile residential development comprising a collection of villas and apartments designed by award winning architects, Alison Brooks. In association with developers, Galliford Try and Linden Homes Eastern, the buildings have been specifically designed for high visual impact as well as incorporating all the necessary sustainable considerations and cutting edge design.
Each property has been designed to combine local and sustainable materials, and the architects turned to Timbmet for advice on the best species to meet the aesthetic and practical requirements. The specification of black cladding required a timber that could be coated to provide a consistent appearance, and be fire retardant treated to meet exact fire performance standards. Timbmet’s experts recommended Larch as the ideal solution and were assigned to supply large quantities of their Larch weatherboard cladding to create a bespoke and unique external appearance.
The homes all boast local brick, zinc roofing and late tiles. The inclusion of the eye-catching black larch timber cladding adds a contrast with the other materials. The architect has used different abstract angles on each specific collection which creates a uniformity but with subtle differences. The Timbmet cladding adds a traditional appearance to the courtyard homes which are arranged over either two or three floors. For the detached villas, the Timbmet weatherboard highlights the dramatic sloping roofs and full height windows.
“We are delighted to be involved in a scheme that makes bold use of materials and architectural design in this way,” comments Colin Livesey, head of technical design at Galliford Try. “The inclusion of the black Larch cladding enhances the aesthetic appeal of the be:Newhall properties.”
The be:Newhall project is a long term investment, regenerating and improving the living environment within the Harlow district. The application of the Timbmet Larch cladding is a testament to the successful combination of creative architecture and specialist timber expertise to identify the most sustainable, natural materials.