A landmark former seaplane hanger in a Conservation Area on the south coast is enjoying a new lease of life as a flagship roofing project, thanks in part to Eternit.
Industrial Building Solutions' re-roof of the Haven Yard on what is now known as Millionaires' Row in Poole, Dorset, has drawn praise from the Royal Motor Yacht Club's 1,600 members, planners and neighbours alike. The 2,500m2 boat shed, that was built in 1932 and converted to a seaplane hanger for the Royal Naval Air Service at the beginning of World War II, was becoming desperate for a new concrete floor and 35° pitch roof but a replacement for the latter had to resemble the old, profiled one as it was in a Conservation Area. Industrial Building Solutions has used Eternit's fibre cement profiled sheeting on more than a dozen projects since it started trading four years ago, most notably on the offices at a new warehouse and production facility for Neal's Yard Remedies, also in Dorset.
The timber-clad building for Neal's Yard was sympathetically designed to minimise the impact on the surrounding countryside and provide an environmentally friendly headquarters for the company. Industrial Building Solutions used 800m2 of Eternit's Farmscape sheeting that was specifically designed to blend into the landscape. The old roof at the Royal Motor Yacht Club however was red so Eternit's pre-painted Profile 6 fibre cement sheeting was specified as it met the criteria for colour and profile and is also low maintenance and resistant to the corrosive salt atmosphere.
Planners were keen to keep the look of one of the oldest and largest structures in the affluent residential area of Sandbanks and were delighted when Industrial Building Solutions provided samples of the Russet Red Eternit material.
Industrial Building Solutions director Andy Green said: "It has become a flagship project for us and we have won other projects on the back of it. We have had nothing but praise from everyone affected.
"We needed a material that wouldn't rust or require continual high levels of maintenance works as the boat yard is very prominent in the area. This was without doubt the right product for the job. It all went very well and the client is very pleased."
Richard Salaman, who was chairman of the club's Haven Yard at the time of the re-roof, added: "The old roof was coming to the end of its life and Andy's company has done a super job. It looks terrific and that was important as it stands out in the area."