The waterfront low rise apartment building using Catnic Urban cladding

Low Rise Apartments | The Waterfront

  • Urban
  • Case Study
The Waterfront development in the coastal town of Shoreham-by-Sea has utilised Catnic Urban alongside Tata Steels A1 fire-rated wall cladding system, Urban Seam® Façade.
Catnic product
Catnic Urban Cladding
Product name
The Waterfront
Project type
Commercial & Residential Housing
HGP Architects

The Waterfront by Hyde New Homes comprises 120 new homes, built on a disused land near the River Adur. Designed by HGP Architects the site consists of a communal courtyard, riverside café and commercial space and is part of a 15 year-regeneration scheme.

“It was important that the different buildings and property types had their own identity but had common elements that linked the whole scheme together. Using the steel standing seam for the cladding, roofing, balcony edges, oriel windows and other details helped create a sense of continuity. Urban Seam® Façade and Catnic Urban blends perfectly with the copper cladding, London Brick, timber and glass that feature heavily in the design.”

Matthew Edwards
Associate Director at HGP Architects

Hyde Homes employed contractors PMC Construction to build the project and at the time of construction there was a lot of uncertainty around cladding regulations. Tata Steel's Urban Seam® façade system consists of an A1 rated pre-finished steel fixed to a Tata Steel Trisobuild® D32s carrier sheet. This construction makes the system ideal for multi-occupancy apartments, student accommodation, hotels, and mixed use buildings. It also future proofs the cladding element from changes in building regulations.

Catnic Urban cladding installation on coastal building
The Waterfront

“Although the block on the north end, now known as Cormorant House, was under 18 metres high, we needed to make sure that the cladding was tested and fire-rated to the highest standard. Tata Steel's Urban Seam® Façade offered the ideal solution, especially with the updated BBA certification in 2019."

Matthew Edwards
Associate Director at HGP Architects

The Tata Steel Urban Seam® Façade system combined with Catnic's Urban wall cladding is ideal for low- and mid-rise residential apartment blocks. It’s steel deck replaces the continuous plywood or OSB backing board usually used in fully supported standing seam cladding, and the pre-finished steel featuring Galvalloy® metallic coating for exceptional corrosion resistance and cut edge protection was perfect for its coastal proximity.

“We knew from previous projects that we could achieve the required look and finish with Urban Seam® Façade and Catnic Urban. The systems were simple to install on all areas of the scheme and we were very pleased with the help and support we received from Tata Steel right from the earliest stages of the project. This included full product training for our installation teams.”

Rob Clarke
Pre Construction Manager at PMC Construction

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