SWISH BUILDING PRODUCTS

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Suppliers of: pvcu cladding fascia soffit boards PVC weatherboard plastic bargeboards PVC rainwater goods, PVCu Fascia

Swish Building Products is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of low-maintenance cellular PVC building products, including fascia, bargeboards, internal and external cladding.

These low-maintenance building products are well accepted within the public sector, with both Local Authorities and Housing Associations, and within the private sector for domestic, commercial and new-build applications.

Swish Roofline

The Swish Roofline range offers the specifier a fully integrated fascia, soffit and bargeboard system with a wide range of components in white, foiled and coloured finishes for new build and replacement projects.

Swish cladding

Swish cladding is a weatherproof rain screen layer that can help to improve the thermal performance of a property when installed in combination with insulation.  There is a choice of Shiplap, Open V, Tee Gee and Featheredge designs available in four sizes.

Swish offers a 20 year guarantee on its white cellular PVC profiles which also carry BBA and BSI certification.  The popular foiled and coloured boards carry a 10 Year Guarantee as does the Swish Rainwater system.

Swish rainwater system

The Swish rainwater system is ideal for those who wish to specify quality products that have a reduced carbon footprint as it is manufactured from 84% recycled PVC material.

All Swish guttering systems and colours are Kitemarked and are offered in a range of:

  • Round Gutter
  • Deep Gutter
  • Ogee Gutter
  • Square Gutter

Since being awarded ISO 14001 in 2007 Swish has concentrated on reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing and distribution facilities and is now one of the most efficient and environmentally responsible plastics manufacturers in the industry.  Swish has consistently reduced its CO² output, water consumption and waste generation during this period.  In 2014 Swish was awarded ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification which it holds alongside Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products –BES 6001 and the Occupational Health and Safety OHSAS 18001 Certifications.

Gallows Brackets & Dentils

A range of Gallows and Dentils for roofline, canopies, bay and oriel windows. The dentils may be secretly fixed and the gallows brackets are load bearing and capable of offering structural support to door and window canopies.

PVC Trims

A wide range of trims that provide a neat, clean and dry means of finishing or making good the areas around windows and doors. They eliminate the need for wet trades, thereby reducing installation times to a minimum. Many may also be used as decorative additions in roofline and cladding installations.

PVC Window Boards

Window boards and trims provide a neat, clean and dry means of finishing or making good the areas around window and door reveals. They eliminate the need for wet trades, thereby reducing installation times to a minimum.

 

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Further technical information, image galleries and product specifications are available through the Swish Building Products website or via the BPi Download Library.

These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.

1. Swish Rainwater Installation Guide
Sustainable PVC Roofline, Cladding and Rainwater Systems

Published [01/03/19]File size [1655 KB]

2. Swish Cladding Design & Specification Guide Oct 2018
Cellular PVC Roofline & Cladding

Published [01/03/19]File size [1489 KB]

3. Swish Roofline Design Guide April 2018
Gutters Fascias Soffit Plastic PVCU

Published [07/03/19]File size [461 KB]

4. Marbrex Brochure March 17
marbrex wall ceiling panels waterproof water resistant covering tiling bathroom kitchens

Published [07/03/19]File size [1609 KB]

5. Marbrex Price List Jan 2018
marbrex wall ceiling panels waterproof water resistant covering tiling bathroom kitchens

Published [07/03/19]File size [592 KB]

6. Swish Range Guide Sept 2018
Cladding Weatherboards Soffits Fascias Rainwater Goods PVCu Gutters and Guttering. Plastic Roofline Products

Published [01/03/19]File size [587 KB]

7. Swish Trade Price List Aug 2018 Issue 3
Cladding Weatherboards Soffits Fascias Rainwater Goods PVCu Gutters and Guttering. Plastic Roofline Products

Published [01/03/19]File size [387 KB]

8. Swish Installers Handbook
PVCu Cladding Weatherboard Installation Guide

Published [01/03/19]File size [448 KB]

Swish Cellular & Rainwater BES 573495
Cladding, Roofline, Rainwater BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standards Certificate

Published [15/09/14]File size [503 KB]

Swish Cladding BBA Certificate
Swish Cladding BBA Certificate PVCU External Plastic Wall Cladding

Published [12/04/16]File size [514 KB]

Swish Environmental Policy

Published [30/03/10]File size [79 KB]

Swish Foiled Cladding Installation

Published [25/07/14]File size [239 KB]

Swish Marbrex Fixing Guide NEW May 16
Marbrex Fixing Guide, wall and ceiling panels

Published [06/04/17]File size [2030 KB]

Swish Roofline BBA Cert
Plastic PVCU Gutters Rainwater Goods Guttering

Published [17/07/18]File size [215 KB]

Swish Roofstyle Installation Guide
Roofstyle decorative bargeboards and fascias

Published [06/04/17]File size [966 KB]

Swish Specifier Support Data
Swish Products Range Guide Technical Guide Claddings Weatherboard Roofline Plastic PVCU Gutters

Published [30/03/10]File size [308 KB]

These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.

16mm Fascia - Flat & Square
A 16mm thick Flat fascia board that mimics the shape of a standard timber fascia. Fixes directly to rafter feet and bears the weight of eaves tiles and guttering without the support of a backing board or tilt fillet. Soffit engages by push fit.A 16mm thick fascia board with standard square styling that is light but strong. Fixes directly to rafter feet and bears the weight of eaves tiles and guttering without the support of a backing board or tilt fillet. Soffit engages by push fit. Eaves fascia grilles

Published [19/07/19]

9mm Plain Soffit
A range of plain soffits available in white and coloured Combined eaves fascia grilles and ventilator trays

Published [19/07/19]

9mm Vented Soffit
A range of plain and vented soffits available in white and colours. Vented soffits are available as either 10mm or 25mm continuous air gap equivalents.A range of plain and vented soffits available in white and colours. Vented soffits are available as either 10mm or 25mm continuous air gap equivalents. Soffit grilles

Published [19/07/19]

Decorative Fascia - Concave
Concave and convex fascia and bargeboard designs in 5m lengths that replace standard boards. They support eaves tiles and guttersDecorative fascia elements that allow the designer to create an individual feel to a property while retaining the benefits of a standard system. Combined eaves fascia grilles and ventilator trays

Published [19/07/19]

Over Fascia Ventilator
Building Regulations require proper ventilation into the roof void. This can be done through the soffit for speed of installation or over the fascia to hide the ventilation slots.Building Regulations require proper ventilation into the roof void. This can be done through the soffit for speed of installation or over the fascia to hide the ventilation slots. Fixed roof ventilators, terminals and accessories

Published [19/07/19]

TeeGee Cladding
Swish cellular PVC cladding is an ideal substitute for timber in that it will not discolour with time, retains its appearance, is virtually maintenance free and is weather resistant.Robust cellular PVC cladding profiles in traditional styles, with complementary joints, trims and fixings. Cellular PVC cladding is an ideal substitute for timber cladding; it will not discolour, retains its appearance, is virtually maintenance free and is weather resistant. Roofing and cladding units

Published [19/07/19]

Vented Eaves Protector
Ventilation and protection can be provided together above the fascia board by using an over fascia ventilator. This is fixed to the top of the fascia board but is subtly hidden behind the rainwater system.Ventilation and protection can be provided together above the fascia board by using an over fascia ventilator. This is fixed to the top of the fascia board but is subtly hidden behind the rainwater system. Combined eaves fascia grilles and ventilator trays

Published [19/07/19]

ARCHITRAVES . .
ARCHITRAVES PVC-u .
ARCHITRAVES PVC-u Wood Effect
BARGEBOARDS Cellular PVC Foiled Finish Wood Effect
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u .
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u BS 7619:1993
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u Cellular
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u Colours
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u Traditional Profile
BARGEBOARDS PVC-u Traditional Profile Ogee
BARGEBOARDS Textured Woodgrain .
BOARDS Waterproof .
BRACKETS Gallows .
BRACKETS Gallows PVC
CEILING PANELS Hygienic .
CEILING PANELS Hygienic Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial Protection
CEILING PANELS Wood Timber Effect .
CILLS PVC-u Self Extinguishing
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Castellated Profile Effect
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Coloured
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Feather Edge / Featherboard Effect
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Foiled
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Shiplap Appearance
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Tongued and Grooved Boarding Effect
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Cellular PVC Boards Wood / Timber Effect
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Colourcoated .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Imitation Wood Grain .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Lightweight AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Lightweight Stone Surface AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Planks Textured Woodgrain
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Polypropylene/Polyurethane .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Polypropylene/Polyurethane KOMO CERTIFICATE HOLDERS (Holland)
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Cellular
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Coloured
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Foiled Finish Wood Effect
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Shiplap
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Traditional Profile Ogee
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL PVC-u Weatherboard
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Recycled Polypropylene/Polyurethane .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Textured Woodgrain .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Weatherboard .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Bathroom .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL BS 476 PART 7 1971 .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Damp Area .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Decorative PVC-u .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Food Processing .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Hygienic .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Hygienic PVC
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Kitchens Commercial/Industrial
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Marble Effect .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL PVC BS 476:Part 7 Class 1Y
CLADDINGS INTERNAL PVC Marble Effect
CLADDINGS INTERNAL PVC Plain
CLADDINGS INTERNAL PVC Tile Effect
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Tile Effect .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Timber Effect .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Wet Area .
CORBEL BRACKETS Parapet Support .
DENTILS Roof Trim PVC
DOWNPIPES . See Also RAINWATER PIPES:
DRAINAGE Roof Drainage
EAVES Fascia/Soffit/Gutter Systems Combined .
EAVES VENTS AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
EAVES VENTS Bird Control .
EAVES VENTS Complete System .
EAVES VENTS Over Fascia .
EAVES VENTS Over Fascia Ventilators .
EAVES VENTS Protection .
EAVES VENTS Refurbishment .
EAVES VENTS Through Fascia .
FACADE PROFILES See Also FACADE SYSTEMS .
FACADES Linear .
FASCIA Soffit Systems .
FASCIA Soffit Systems PVC-u
FASCIA Soffit Systems PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
FASCIA Soffit Systems Ventilated / Ventilation
FASCIA BOARDS . See Also FASCIAS:
FASCIAS Fascia Boards AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
FASCIAS Fascia Boards PVC-U
FASCIAS Foil .
FASCIAS Gutters Combined .
FASCIAS PVC-u .
FASCIAS PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
FASCIAS PVC-u BS 7619:1993
FASCIAS PVC-u Cellular
FASCIAS PVC-u Refurbishment
FASCIAS PVC-u Traditional Profile Bullnose
FASCIAS PVC-u Traditional Profile Ogee
FASCIAS PVC-u Traditonal Profile
FASCIAS Textured Woodgrain .
FASCIAS Ventilated .
FINIALS PVC .
GUTTER Brackets .
GUTTER Brackets PVC BS EN 1462:2004
GUTTER Fixings: .
GUTTERS . .
GUTTERS BS EN 607:2004 (BS 4576) .
GUTTERS Fascias Combined .
GUTTERS PVC .
GUTTERS PVC-u .
GUTTERS PVC-u BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard
GUTTERS PVC-u Circular by Colour: Black
GUTTERS PVC-u Circular by Colour: Brown
GUTTERS PVC-u Circular by Colour: White
GUTTERS PVC-u Conservatory
GUTTERS PVC-u Double Wall Structure Dual Wall
GUTTERS PVC-u High Capacity
GUTTERS PVC-u Kitemarked
GUTTERS PVC-u Ogee
GUTTERS PVC-u Square by Colour: Black
GUTTERS PVC-u Square by Colour: Brown
GUTTERS PVC-u Square by Colour: White
MOULDINGS Roofline BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard
MOULDINGS Roofline Decorative
MOULDINGS Roofline PVC-u
MOULDINGS Roofline Textured Woodgrain
PANELS Hygienic .
PANELS Imitation Marble .
PANELS Insulated .
PANELS Insulating .
PANELS Moisture Resistant .
PANELS PVC .
PANELS PVC-u Decorative
PANELS Shower Lining .
PANELS Waterproof .
PANELS Wet Applications .
RAINWATER PIPES Heads PVC-u
RAINWATER PIPES Hoppers PVC-u
RAINWATER PIPES Period Styling PVC-u
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u .
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Circular by Colour: Black
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Circular by Colour: Brown
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Circular by Colour: Grey
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Circular by Colour: White
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u EN 12200-1:2000 (BS 4576) Kitemarked
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Recycled Content >80%
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Square by Colour: Black
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Square by Colour: Brown
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Square by Colour: Grey
RAINWATER PIPES PVC-u Square by Colour: White
RAINWATER PIPES Square Rectangular Box .
RIDGE Trim System .
ROOF SPIRES GRP .
ROOF SPIRES PVC .
ROOF TRIM Dry Verge Systems BS 5534
ROOF TRIM Dry Verge Systems BS 8612
ROOF TRIM Dry Verge Systems Polypropylene
ROOF TRIM PVC-u .
ROOF TRIM PVC-u Decorative Mouldings
ROOF VENTILATION AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
ROOF VENTILATORS . .
ROOF VENTILATORS Over Fascia .
ROOF VENTILATORS Soffit .
ROOF VENTILATORS Void System .
ROOFING ACCESSORIES AND FITTINGS See Also ROOF TRIM: .
ROOFLINE Eaves Vents .See Also EAVES VENTS:
ROOFLINE Systems .
ROOFLINE Systems Cellular PVC BRE BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard
ROOFLINE Systems PVC-u
ROOFLINE Ventilators .
SHEETS: FLAT: RIGID Decorative .
SHIPLAP Cladding .
SHOWER Linings .
SHOWER Panels .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Wall Panel Systems .
SKIRTING BOARD Covers PVC-u
SKIRTINGS PVC .
SKIRTINGS PVC Traditional Profile
SKIRTINGS PVC Wood Effect
SKIRTINGS PVC 25mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC 50mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC 70mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC 100mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC 125mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u Traditional Profile
SKIRTINGS PVC-u 45mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u 70mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u 95mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u 125mm .
SKIRTINGS PVC-u 175mm .
SKIRTINGS Refurbishment .
SKIRTINGS Replacement .
SKIRTINGS Sit-On .
SOFFIT BOARDS . .
SOFFIT BOARDS AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
SOFFIT BOARDS BS 7619:1993 .
SOFFIT BOARDS Cellular PVC AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
SOFFIT BOARDS Coloured PVC-u .
SOFFIT BOARDS Pre-Vented .
SOFFIT BOARDS Pre-Vented AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
SOFFIT BOARDS Pre-Vented Building Regs .
SOFFIT BOARDS Pre-Vented NHBC .
SOFFIT BOARDS PVC-u .
SOFFIT BOARDS Textured Woodgrain .
SOFFIT VENTILATOR STRIPS BS 5250 .
SOFFIT VENTILATOR STRIPS PVC-u GRP
SOFFIT VENTILATORS AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
SOFFIT VENTILATORS Circular Soffit Vents .
SOFFIT VENTILATORS Circular Soffit Vents BS 5250 .
SOFFIT VENTILATORS Continuous .
SOFFIT VENTILATORS Push In .
SOFFIT VENTILATORS PVC-u .
SOFFITS PVC-u .
SOFFITS PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
SOFFITS PVC-u BS 7619
SOFFITS Ventilated .
SPLASHBACKS . .
VENTILATION Fascia .
VENTILATION Over Fascia .
VENTILATION Roof Void .
VENTILATION Soffits .
VENTILATION SYSTEMS Natural .
WALL Claddings External .
WALL COVERINGS Waterproof Decorative .
WALL LININGS Panel Systems Wet Areas
WALL PANELS INTERNAL PVC-u .
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Splashbacks .
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Wet Areas Tiled Effect
WEATHERBOARD Edge Trims PVC-u
WEATHERBOARD Edge Trims Textured Woodgrain
WEATHERBOARD Profiles PVC-u
WEATHERBOARD Shiplap Panels PVC-u
WEATHERBOARD Shiplap Planks Textured Woodgrain
WEATHERBOARD Trims Cellular PVC
WEATHERBOARD Trims PVC-u
WEATHERBOARDS Cellular PVC AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
WEATHERBOARDS Decorative Roofline Mouldings PVC-u
WEATHERBOARDS Polypropylene/Polyurethane .
WEATHERBOARDS Polypropylene/Polyurethane KOMO CERTIFICATE HOLDERS (Holland)
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u .
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u BS 476
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u BS 7619
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u Cellular Core
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u Impact Resistant
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u Self Extinguishing
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Colours: Beige
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Colours: Brown
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Colours: Cream
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Colours: White
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Colours: Woodgrain Appearance
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Sizes: 100mm
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Sizes: 125mm
WEATHERBOARDS PVC-u by Sizes: 150mm
WEATHERBOARDS Recycled Polypropylene/Polyurethane .
WEATHERBOARDS Roofline Textured Woodgrain
WEATHERBOARDS Woodgrain Appearance .
WETROOM Wall Panels .
WINDOW BOARD Covers PVC-u .
WINDOW BOARDS . .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u BS 7619 .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u Modern .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u Traditional .
WINDOW BOARDS PVC-u Woodgrain Finish .
WINDOW FORMERS Cavity Closer Combined .
WINDOW REVEAL LINERS PVC-u .
WINDOW SILLS See Also CILLS: .
WINDOW TRIMS PVC-u .
WINDOW TRIMS PVC-u BS 7619 .
WINDOW TRIMS PVC-u Wood Effect .
ANTHRACITE Internal Cladding
BISQUE Internal Cladding
BULLNOSE JUMBO Window Board
CAPPIT Overcapping Fascia
DEEPFLOW Gutters
EURO-CAPPIT Window Board
FIRED EARTH Internal Cladding
FLEXI-ANGLE Window Board
GEE PEE PVCu Fascia/Soffit Board
GEEPEE PVCu Fascia/Soffit Board
GRANITE Internal Cladding
JUMBO Fascia Board
JUMBOTEC Eaves Vent
KERALIT Cladding
M-BOSS Textured Roofline Profiles
MARBREX Internal Cladding
MOONSTONE Internal Cladding
OGEE CAPPIT Overcapping Fascia
OGEE JUMBO Fascia Board
POLO Soffit Board (Vented)
ROOFLINE Bargeboard/Fascia/Soffit System
ROOFSTYLE Moulded Roofline System
SANDSTONE Internal Cladding
SLATE Internal Cladding
SQUARE JUMBO Fascia Board
STILE Internal Cladding
TEE GEE PVCu Weatherboard
TEEGEE PVCu Weatherboard
TUDOR BOARD Fascia Board
VERGE MASTER Dry Verge Systems
WHITE WOOD Internal Cladding
WHITESTONE Internal Cladding

Modern Fascias with Heritage Character

June 2019

Part of the Solihull Community Housing portfolio, The Hermitage comprises of 10 one and two bed apartments and a number of large communal spaces. A detached red-brick building, built in 1863 by the Rev Charles Evans, a headmaster of King Edward School, Birmingham, The Hermitage has been a place of many things, for many people.

Following damage caused by a fire in 1905, The Hermitage was restored in 1915 and used by the Red Cross as a relief hospital for the wounded during WW1. Acquired by the Local Authority in 1920, the building became a children's home until the early 1970s, with one former resident commenting, "The Hermitage was a huge, rambling house, but I remember it being very happy..." Acquired by Solihull community Housing (SCH), and council run for around 35 years, work began in October 2012 on a £200k project to refurbish the property both internally and externally.

"The Hermitage isn't a listed building," says SCH project manager, Brian King, "...but it is important that we retain its character." Easier said than done when working within the limitation of a social housing budget, yet for The Hermitage to not only last another 150 years but for SCH to meet its objective of becoming long term maintenance free, changes needed to be made.

"A large percentage of the original exterior products are manufactured from timber, from the roofline to the windows. As a result of weathering and irregular maintenance, performance was suffering, with draughty windows and rotten fascia boards. We needed to decrease the long-term maintenance and repair costs of the building with materials that can stand up to our climate. Our budget is public-funded, and when you have that kind of responsibility you want to make sure that you make that money work hard for you."

Retaining the property's character was a key factor, especially for the residents. As amenity housing, The Hermitage provides unsupported housing for older people. "Keeping the residents happy has always been a crucial part of the success of this refurb," continues Brian. "Working with our contractors Berben Installations, we have held regular meetings with the residents to keep them informed; this has been the key to gaining and maintaining their support and patience during the works."

With sympathy and integrity high on the agenda for this renovation project, an eye for detail has been integral to its success. One example of this has been the replica roofline manufactured and created by fascia system specialist, Swish Building Products. Having tendered competitively for the supply of roofline and rainwater products, the Tamworth-based business also showed awareness and understanding of the building's character in its response.

"The Hermitage has particularly ornate fascia boards," said Brian. "We wanted to reproduce this, and emulate this feature but using maintenance-free materials. Swish Building Products is renowned for its expertise in low-maintenance products, and was able to come up with a solution that appeased any doubts or scepticism about using PVC-U on a historic building."

"Many people simply rule out PVC building products from day one, without considering that PVC is probably the most appropriate use of materials for this application given the exposed and inaccessible location of the fascia system." says Greg Wilde, marketing manager at Swish Building Products, "And when you see what's been done with the new fascias and bargeboards at the Hermitage it shows what can be achieved when a bit of imagination is used."

Wilde concludes: "The building envelope is a significant and on-going cost, added to which is the repeat cost of labour, scaffolding, and site management, all costs that can be avoided by specifying appropriate materials."

Following the original designs supplied by Solihull Community Housing, Swish Building Products created a prototype of the Gothic inspired bargeboards using a mixture of existing profiles, which dominates the vast gable ends of the building. Taking around six weeks to finalise, the prototype allowed the team to progress through the installation, once onsite, efficiently.

The fascias have been created using a standard product; "...but it is the innovative way in which we have built up these standard profiles that has allowed us to meet the brief both objectively and practically," said Dave Osborne, technical manager for Swish Building Products. "A standard-sized fascia barge board profile is a maximum of 405mm deep, for the Hermitage we had to create an overall depth of 650mm. Using two colours, black and white, we combined up to 10 boards to create one section of gable end; including Scotia Moulding, Gee Pee half width, Gee Pee flat board, foiled Dee Mould and Square Fascia."

Aerial photography of the site also revealed 'hidden' roofs that the team didn't know existed! For these and the other non-gable fascia, Swish Building Products supplied a 425mm profile.

Manufactured from 84% recycled material, and saving 70% of the CO2 that would be generated using 100% virgin material, rainwater products from the building product specialist were also specified. The additional roof spaces had to be taken into consideration when claculating the potential quantity of rainwater run-off - helping to determine the specification of guttering with a sufficient flow capacity and the system layout, including the number and position of outlets.

Swish Approved Commercial Contractor, and Birmingham-based renovation specialist, Berben Installations, was responsible for installing the roofline and rainwater products. Paul Tunley, managing director of Berben Installations commented: "Using Swish Building Products gave us flexibility. As we had the whole range at our disposal, as well as their expertise, we were able to complete the roofline without having to mix and match with competitor products or ranges. The team found the products very easy to work with and the design, created by Swish Building PRoducts, Brian King and myself, easy to follow. I think everyone involved in the project is pleased with the way the roofline has turned out."

Brian concluded: "We are incredibly fortunate to have a company such as Swish on our doorstep. To receive this type of dedication from a national business is second to none, but to be able to 'tick' our local supplier box is a big plus! As the project draws to a close we are on schedule and on target to meet our objectives. By using modern methods on a historic Solihull building we have been able to combine old and new seamlessly to provide a wonderful sheltered housing location that anyone would be delighted to call their home.

Swish Anthracite Grey Cladding chosen for exclusive New Dawn Development

March 2019

Swish Anthracite Grey Cladding chosen for exclusive New Dawn Development
November 01, 2018
Prestige developer, New Dawn Homes has chosen PVC cladding from Swish Building Products for their exclusive, Robinswood Hill Farm development in Gloucestershire. Swish, Anthracite Grey cellular PVC cladding was used to enhance the second-floor dormer cheeks and ground floor window bays to its collection of seven, 4 & 5 bedroom homes.

The Robinswood Hill development was built on the site of an old, Victorian farm complex and was completed in August 2017. Careful attention was paid to design detail as integration and harmony with the surrounding landscape was hugely important to New Dawn. According to New Dawn, the design team “utilised the best materials possible to create the highest quality homes and the end result is a stunning street scene set in a beautiful location.

”Swish says that cellular PVC is the most efficient material for use at the roofline because it costs roughly the same as timber to install, requires no painting or maintenance and suits the exposed and inaccessible location at and above the eaves. Most importantly, when it is installed correctly it will last the lifetime of the dwelling.

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