CUPACLAD provides modern fire safety for new homes in Padstow

As part of the refurbishment and extension of the Padstow Harbour Hotel, 10 new homes were built on a section of the land surrounding the hotel. These include two stand-alone properties and a block of eight luxury apartments.

houses in Padstow UK

Located in the Padstow Conservation Area, it was essential that the design and materials of the new properties reflected and complemented the traditional style of the buildings that surrounded it, as well as the architecture of Padstow as a whole.

To complement surrounding architecture and ensure fire regulation compliance, our CUPACLAD 101 Logic natural slate rainscreen cladding system was used on the new-build apartments along the Cornish coast.

homes in Padstow conservation area

Chris Kenny, Associate Architect at Kay Elliot Architects explained:

For the residential properties, we utilised a simple palette of materials informed by the local area and in keeping with the Padstow Harbour Hotel itself. This included the traditional hanging slate seen on the outside of buildings throughout Padstow, which we aimed to replicate with a modern slate cladding system.

Due to the evolving fire regulations at the time of the project’s design and specification, the project team wanted to ensure compliance regardless of new requirements.

slate fire resistant facade houses

Consequently the decision was made to clad the three-storey apartment building in an A1 rated system. CUPACLAD was selected, with the 101 Logic system specifically chosen to achieve the balance between traditional and contemporary aesthetics that the project required.

In addition to its aesthetic and fire resistance properties, the high-quality natural slate also offers longevity and durability, even in coastal locations exposed harsh winter weather.

This was particularly important in the harbour town of Padstow. With a very low level of water absorption, natural slate is not susceptible to the degradation caused by repeated freeze-thaw cycles over its lifetime.

Padstow cupaclad facade

Chris Staward, Managing Director at Roofing Cornwall, who carried out the installation of the roofing and cladding said:

Although we had used CUPA PIZARRAS slate on previous projects, we had not worked with the CUPACLAD system before. However, we found it easy to install and it delivered exactly what the client was looking for.

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