Publication Date: May 2019
Appeared: The Essential Building Product review
A cutting edge residential project in Essex is making use of Magply boards for both the internal lining and exterior cladding treatment to an innovative lightweight steel framing system, demonstrating the widely specified fire resistant products multiple attributes.
The four bedroom new-build and extensions to a neighbouring existing property are being carried out by SP&J Construction, in a joint venture with Uni-Frame and the ARG Group. The intention is to use the current project as a show-site for the rapid build MMC solution and the wide choice of finishes which will be available to future purchasers.
Impressively, the main two-storey structure was erected on a prepared base in just five days, while work is progressing well in terms of the fit-out and external finishes to what will be a spacious home. While in respect to this project, the UniFrame system includes diagonal ties which are tensioned on site, Magply is often used by timber frame manufacturers to take the racking loads for their buildings as well as to provide fire protection in close proximity to other properties.
Externally the Magply boards are being covered with a vapour barrier and a 100 mm layer of high performance foam insulation. On top of this, at first floor level, a resin based render system is being applied, featuring a base coat, reinforcement mesh, and two more layers: including the finish coat which is available in some 3,000 different colour options. Around the ground floor of the house, brick slips are being applied over the base coat of render using adhesive and then pointed in the style of conventional masonry.
This multi-functional performance results from a Magnesium Oxide formulation which also offers an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plywood or OSB products. Additionally, the unique production process keeps the chloride content to just 0.01%, enhancing both stability and long term durability.