Tonight’s Grand Designs on Channel 4 features the Amphibious House – an innovative ‘floating’ house, the first of its kind in the UK. Here you can find out more about the zinc cladding that covers the roof and walls.
What is the Amphibious House?
The project is a private house which has been built on the banks of the Thames at Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Grand Designs follows clients Andy and Nicki Bruce and their architects Baca Architects through the build process.
The house is ‘amphibious’ in that for much of its life its sits on the ground in the normal way, but if there is flooding it is able to gently rise with the floodwater, settling back again when the floodwater recedes.
There has been a huge amount of interest in the Amphibious House, which has featured on the BBC Culture Show and in national newspapers.
Benefits of Zinc Roofing and Cladding
The house, which is relatively conventional in shape with a pitched roof, is clad on two sides and the roof with unusual diamond shaped zinc shingles.
Titanium zinc offers many benefits including:
Aesthetically very pleasing, especially over time
- Naturally resistance to corrosion
- Excellent long-life durability
- Minimal maintenance
- Flexible and malleable – easily fabricated into standing seam or roll cap roofing sheets as well as shingles
- At least 95% recyclable; the original metal can be re-used without losing its properties
- Can integrate easily with PV panels
- Versatility in design for most roofing applications from private residences to commercial and public buildings
Amphibious House Zinc Shingles
Using the Zinc supplied by SIG Zinc and Copper, the shingles were manufactured and installed by Kingsley Specialist Roofing, part of the Kingsley Group based in West Sussex. Kingsley is a member of FTMRC, the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, who represent the leading UK specialists in metal roofing design and installation.
The shingles are typically fixed to softwood boarding or plywood using fixing clips, and installing them is a skilled business.
Typical Installation on Ventilated Plywood:
1. NedZink NOVA Shingles
2. Breather Membrane
3. 18mm WBP Plywood
4. Timber Batten
5. Breather Membrane
7. Vapour Control Layer
8. Fixing Clip
Here’s a photograph of the building showing the beautiful NedZink NOVA shingles:
- To find out more about Zinc Roofing and Cladding visit our dedicated microsite SIG Zinc and Copper
- Read more about NedZink NOVA and other NedZink finishes, download documentation and BIM Objects and view other examples on our dedicated NedZink pages.
- Compare alternative metal roofing and cladding products including copper and copper alloy, rainbow coloured zinc and stainless steel in our Product Gallery
- Read about the Amphibious House on the Baca Homes website
Read more about Zinc Roofing and Cladding in recent blog posts:
- Reduce the Cost of Zinc Roofing and Cladding
- Why is Zinc Roofing and Cladding so popular with Architects?