Seaside Town Benefits From £2.6m Renovation Featuring ThermoWood and Siberian Larch Cladding

Client Location
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust Folkestone
ThermoWood & Siberian Larch Boards
Project Cost
Client Location Product Project Cost
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust Folkestone ThermoWood & Siberian Larch Boards £2.6m

Summer 2021 saw the completion of a £2.6million development at 23-25 Tontine Street in the heart of Folkestone’s Old Town. It was part of a project which started in March 2018 with the latest phase combining the renovation of an existing building and the demolition of another structure to make way for five stunning residential properties and four commercial units.

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, working with Creative Folkestone, commissioned the work and appointed architects, Neat, to head up the design. The Trust wanted to support creative industries, providing affordable, environmentally sustainable, and innovative spaces for homes and businesses alike.

Neat set out to dramatically improve the appearance of the site whilst setting a new standard in environmentally sustainable ‘eco-friendly’ design. By removing the two-storey extension that was previously added to the rear of 23-25 Tontine Street, pedestrian access to the recently regenerated Payers Park was reinstated. Furthermore, the new buildings were arranged in such a manner that they create new areas of public realm. It is hoped that this approach will encourage other buildings around Payers Park to respond favourably to the urban space.

In designing the new buildings, Neat opted for a timber-framed construction to minimise the embodied energy. The timber frame facilitated a degree of off-site fabrication. The exterior of the buildings is clad in a combination of Silva’s ThermoWood and Siberian Larch boards, with Neat opting for a range of bespoke sizes to add a point of differentiation. Selected buildings were fire retardant treated to Euroclass B standards whilst others were finished in a charcoal colour using Silva’s factory coating service.

Neat’s design proposals also incorporated work from international artist Jacqueline Poncelet, with her ‘Shimmera’ artwork integrated into the two new dwellings. Projecting sections of timber added an extra dimension to the already stunning façade, providing that all-important privacy, whilst perfectly showcasing Jacqueline’s artistic flair.

Silva’s Senior Sales Advisor, Michael Allen, who was the technical lead on the project said, “By opting for a combination of ThermoWood and SILVALarch cladding Neat was able to establish a unique way of differentiating the appearance of the buildings over and above merging factory coated boards with those in their natural form. Neat has perfected this blended approach with the build at 23-25 Tontine Street resulting in an eye-catching series of contemporary mixed-use properties”.

Silva’s ThermoWood and Siberian Larch (SILVALarch) cladding is available in rainscreen, v-joint, and channel profiles with boards and corner detailing completing the product offering.

ThermoWood cladding undergoes a thermal modification process which makes the wood durable, dimensionally stable, and resin-free. Applying a coating enhances the longevity of the cladding meaning a service life of up to 60 years is achievable when properly maintained.

SILVALarch is a strong and durable wood with a lustrous golden-brown colour. Silva’s Siberian Larch is kiln-dried, available in two grades, and is supplied with FSC certification.

Photography - Matt Rowe

Architect - Neat

Construction - BEC Construction

In association with - The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and Creative Folkestone

About the Author

Alison Evans

Product Marketing Manager