Dec 09, 2019 Last Updated 10:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019

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Award-winning architect Sheppard Robson has specified EQUITONE fibre cement materials from Marley Eternit as part of a new state-of-the-art student residential development at the University of Salford.


The £81m project will bring the majority of the university’s accommodation on-campus. Catering for over 2000 students, the new Peel Park campus is located in the heart of the city centre, incorporating a range of bedroom sizes in clusters of five to seven, along with a number of social spaces such as cinema room, fitness suite and games room.

Jonathan Davis, Senior Architect at Sheppard Robson, commented: “This is a flagship project that brings together quality materials, which have been cleverly used within affordable limits, to create a standout development.

“As part of the design process, one of our key challenges was to increase the quality and diversity of the campus’ buildings, whilst also improving its overall built image. The campus also sits partially within a conversation area, so the finish had to be sympathetic to its setting.

“We used a palette of brickwork with natural metal finishes throughout the scheme that complimented the surroundings perfectly and formed an attractive student offering. All the buildings deliver high thermal efficiency and are environmentally friendly to allow life cycle costs to be minimised. This has resulted in an Excellent BREEAM rating.”

EQUITONE fibre cement materials from Marley Eternit were specified for two of the buildings on the development to give the project a unique, stylish and visually striking appearance.

“The Peel Park Campus utilises the theme of brick throughout its design to reflect the surrounding area but in a completely contemporary,” continued Jonathan. “The EQUITONE [tectiva] in Mineral Black was specified to create standout by offering a fantastic contrast to the colour of the brick built buildings. By doing this, it has enabled us to bring the whole development to life even more. It is a stunning example of how fibre cement can create a vibrant, modern and crisp facade.”

Characterised by fine sanded lines and naturally occurring hues, EQUITONE [tectiva] is a through coloured facade material, offering a highly expressive structure and distinct surface appearance. Available in eight colours, the solution is extremely robust and offers unparalleled design flexibility. Every tectiva panel is unique, with a maximum panel size of 1.25m x 3m and can be transformed into any shape or size.

Diana Bullock, Marley Eternit’s Marketing Manager – Facades, said: “We are delighted that EQUITONE has been specified for such a prestigious project. It’s testament to the quality of the fibre cement materials and the visual look that the product can create that is has been selected for these student residences.”

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