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Raising the roof for Stoke's pioneering potter


Alumasc Armaseam metal roofing has allowed the creation of a distinctive and stunningly modern roof for the new Clarice Cliff Primary School in Stoke on Trent. The school was built to take pupils from the city’s Queen’s and Grafton primary schools for the Stoke on Trent Joint Venture for Schools initiative. The school was named after local potter Clarice Cliff – one of the most influential ceramic artists of the 20th century.

One of the building’s most distinguishing characteristics is the elegantly curved Alumasc Armaseam roof which boasts a 600mm radius to the eaves line. This detail was achieved through technology developed by Alumasc, whose systems have been extensively used for such internationally important projects as the Fjardaal Smelter in Iceland where a similar curved eaves sheet was specified. AEBP’s experience in this field was vital to the school’s design; like Clarice Cliff’s own work the building is a unique celebration of contemporary style. The grey Armaseam sheets continue down the vertical elevation, presenting an unbroken eaves line that is visually appealing and wholly practical.

Armaseam is manufactured under Alumasc’s ISO14001 Environmental Management System. It is 100% recyclable, achieving a Green Guide’A’ rating and is quickly and economically installed by approved contractors.

Armaseam is a standing seam zip-up metal roofing system with a proven record of reliability and ease of installation. The product’s aesthetic qualities also present opportunities for truly innovative design, led by the distinctive ‘rib’ profile of each individual sheet and supplemented by a range of materials including zinc, copper and stainless steel, as well as the aluminium specified for the Clarice Cliff School build. This is available in various finishes and textures, offering creative professionals a highly flexible resource, enhanced by Armaseam’s inherent ability to generate flowing concave and convex roof forms that are dramatic and unique.

The project architect was Aedas Architects Ltd of Manchester; main contractor was Stoke Schools Joint Venture (Balfour Beatty Construction Northern Ltd and Balfour Kilpatrick Ltd). The Alumasc approved installer was Torclad of Leicester. For further information on Armaseam roofing, or to request literature, contact Alumasc on 0808 100 2008 or visit www.alumasc-exteriors.co.uk/metalroofing

Alumasc Exterior Building Products (AEBP) supply products via five distinct brands; Architectural Rainwater Systems, Drainage Systems, Waterproofing, Metal Roofing and Facades, supported by highly regarded brands; Harmer, Apex, Derbigum, ZinCo, Hydrotech, Armaseam and M.R. The company have embraced a commitment to sustainable building and are recognised as market leaders of Green Roof systems and supporting insulation and waterproofing.

The company’s website sets the benchmark for on-line resources with comprehensive product information, downloads and calculation tools. The unique My File area allows users to create personalised folders for faster access to individual project information.

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