The architect started with a clean sheet, and the end result is this development of five attractive, Continental-style blocks, each containing four apartments. The architect has made the most of the location with floor-to-ceiling windows to give the building more presence than more common in two-storey housing.
Because it is next to the sea, durability was a key consideration, so high-quality materials have been used. The roofs are clad with a product called rheinzink, an alloy of zinc, copper and titanium. This was chosen because it allowed a lower roof pitch than slate; this ensured the roofline was kept to a minimum to maintain views for residents behind the development. Rheinzink is very easy to work and has many advantages over lead: it is less susceptible to creep, it does not contaminate water run-off and needs fewer joints to cope with thermal expansion.
Developer Barratt Homes, South Wales Architect/engineer/landscape architect Capita Property Services Roofing contractor Pace