International Timber recently collaborated with construction company Corinthian on a brand-new housing development in Cornwall, providing timber supplies to be used for external cladding.
Corinthian is a construction company specialising in redeveloping sites that have historic interest, to create new homes and breathe life into neglected buildings and areas. The North Quay developments consist of over 143 brand new units in the first phase, which features a mixture of townhouses and apartments built directly on the waterfront of the harbour. There are approximately 370 units in the second phase of the project, which will include affordable housing for locals.
For the project, International Timber provided materials to be used for external cladding for the apartment block known as Beach House. The timber will be used for cladding the other apartments within phase one and for the framework of the townhouses. Accoya was also provided for in the bin stores for the wharf houses in Cannery Row.
Initially, one of the main challenges was that the original designs featured aluminium cladding but was changed to timber due to program constraints. The correct species needed to be sought to withstand the salty sea air and weather in an aesthetically pleasing way. Accoya was chosen for its strength and durability. The brief for the project required a long-lasting cladding solution and a timber that performs well with treatments, such as paints and stains. The external cladding has all been painted to look almost black to fit into the industrial aesthetic of the project.
Site Manager of Beach House, Lee Lawrence, said: “The quality of product from International Timber is always very good. They’re reliable, deliver on time and everything is always as per our order. It’s a pleasure working with them. We hope that we will be collaborating with International Timber on our sites in Wales and further beyond as the projects grow and the company expands.”
Patrick Turner, Senior Sales Executive at International Timber, said: “It was great to work with Corinthian on this project, and the designs look amazing. Accoya is a brilliantly flexible and versatile material and this is an ideal application for it.