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Marley Eternit fibre cement sheeting upgrades rare breeds farm

Marley Eternit fibre cement profiled sheeting has been used to replace asbestos cement sheets at Newham Grange Leisure Farm in Middlesbrough.

At the time, Newham Grange Farm was undergoing a major refurbishment including converting one of the buildings to a café, and the council, which owns the facility, felt that this provided an ideal opportunity to replace the existing roof sheets.

Marley Eternit profiled sheeting is widely used on agricultural and equestrian buildings because, whilst watertight, it has an ability to absorb 25 per cent of its dry weight in moisture and dissipate it in more favourable conditions. This significantly reduces the occurrence of condensation, helping to reduce breathing related conditions in animals, which will prove particularly beneficial to the rare breeds at Newham Grange.

The fibre cement sheets also have excellent corrosion resistant because it has no metallic content. This makes it highly suitable for buildings that house animals as the breath from livestock is slightly acidic and would have a detrimental effect on steel sheets. Marley Eternit fibre cement sheeting, which has a life expectancy of up to 50 years, eliminates reverberation from hail and heavy rain often found with other sheet materials and therefore improves animal welfare.

Marley Eternit products were specified by Mouchel, a consulting and business services group. “We received excellent support from Marley Eternit and found their advice on replacing the existing roof to be both useful and informative,” said Khaiko Makwela-Wali of Mouchel. “The new fibre cement roof at Newham Grange looks set to provide a long term, low maintenance solution for the client.”

The sheets were replaced by NT Sweeting Roofing Contractors, based in nearby Stockton-on-Tees.

Fibre cement profiled sheeting has achieved an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification, which recognised its low maintenance and long life expectancy.

Marley Eternit is the only UK-based manufacturer of fibre cement sheeting, providing customers with a reduced carbon footprint compared to overseas manufactured products.

For more information on fibre cement profiled sheeting from Marley Eternit, call: 01283 722588, or email:

For further guidance on the removal of asbestos cement, please visit

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