Apex Heritage Cast Iron maintains Victorian elegance at the Lancaster's
Heritage Cast Iron Rainwater systems from Alumasc have been used at The Lancasters, one of London’s most exclusive and prestigious residential developments.
Overlooking Hyde Park, The Lancasters was originally a parade of 15 magnificent stucco-fronted Grade II listed houses dating from the mid nineteenth century. More recently used as a hotel, it has now been restored and developed into 77 prestige homes. A leading team of developers, architects and interior designers has created a unique fusion of traditional architecture with brand new design and construction.
Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Iron system was specified by the architects Nilsson, for its combination of traditional manufacture and modern quality control standards. The result is a highly robust rainwater solution that provides a visually sympathetic finish to fully complement the stunning Victorian architecture.
The Heritage Cast Iron was installed by Premier Services Installations (PSI) Ltd and comprised traditional 4” downpipes and ogee gutters finished in a bespoke white, created especially for The Lancasters by Alumasc who created a dedicated paint line to ensure the order was completed on time.
Dave Jones of PSI Ltd commented: “The Lancasters is the largest fascia construction project in Europe and boasts one of the longest and highest Victorian residential terraces in the UK. The sheer height of the building required eighteen 1.8m lengths of downpipe from ground level to the hopper heads.
“The rainwater system is always the last product to be installed and therefore has the shortest time schedule, so it’s essential that the system is straightforward to fit. We found Alumasc’s Cast Iron system easy and efficient to install and the project has run smoothly and successfully.”
The Heritage Cast Iron range is suited to traditional craft based contracts and is made using authentic sand casting methods to closely replicate historic styles. The cast iron gutters have simple socket or spigot, wet sealed and bolted joints and are available factory primed or pre-painted. Alumasc also offer a range of their most popular profiles as pre-painted ex-stock with an express delivery option which will ensure delivery to site in 24 hours.
The Lancasters is a joint venture between the investment and development company, Minerva and the developer, Northacre.