Brockley, South East London - Period residential property updated to utilise contemporary Alumasc aluminium Flushjoint Downpipes
There is nothing quite like an ambitious project executed to the highest standard.
This complete rebuild and extension of a late Victorian terraced house in Brockley, south east London, presented challenges at every turn. The existing house suffered from the addition of poor-quality extensions and structural problems, but was redesigned by Conibere Philips architects with the specification of Alumasc Rainwater Flushjoint downpipes and hoppers. This ensured elegant and efficient water management, as well as security against water ingress into the new masterpiece of a home.
“It’s extremely unusual for a mid-terrace to be demolished and rebuilt in this way, but it was decided as the most economic and sensible course of action to take in this case. This also allowed us to adapt the property on rebuilding to look much more contemporary and elegant,” explained Robin Philips, Partner Director at Conibere Philips.
Elegance was also firmly the desired direction when considering water management.
“We chose to specify Rainwater Flushjoint downpipes and hoppers from Alumasc to maximise on their sleek and minimal design that would further contribute to the contemporary look of the building,” Robin confirms.
“The joints in the RWP sections are very elegant. The whole effect is much less cluttered than most other RWP products. A simple, modern elevation would have been ruined with more traditional RWP products.”
Ben Green at Alumasc explains: “As a contemporary range of extruded aluminium downpipes, the Flushjoint system is based on concealed spigots which give a smooth, clean appearance that complements modern building design. This is emphasised by mounting the pipes on brackets enabling them to stand clear of the structure.”
Used to achieve completely smooth external appearance, they are compatible with all Alumasc aluminium gutters, when gutter girth is sufficient to accommodate the cross sectioned area of the pipe. Outlets are made to order according to gutter choice and individual project requirements.
Flushjoint is available in circular, square and rectangular profiles to better suit each project and has a life expectancy of 40 years in rural/suburban areas and 25 years in marine areas. It is also 100% recyclable when it reaches the end of its life.
“This beautiful property on Eddystone Road features Flushjoint in a contemporary slate grey, matching the brand-new roof, but it can be supplied in 26 standard factory applied colours, BS or RAL colours to special order or even a plain mill finish for on-site painting. We use a BBA approved polyester powder coating process to finish every aluminium painted product.”
This proposal radically challenged what can be achieved with a typical house extension and takes it to another level by rebuilding and upgrading the whole house with the addition of modern products.