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Cascade Chosen in Transformation of Grade II Listed Stapehill Abbey

Stapehill Abbey Cascade

The Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater System has struck the right balance between cost effectiveness, performance and aesthetic appeal during the transformation of a nineteenth century Grade II listed abbey into 47 two to five-bedroom luxury homes.

In extensive and idyllic grounds near Wimborne, and once home to the Holy Cross Abbey order of Cistercian Trappist nuns, the historic Stapehill Abbey has undergone a restoration and conversion into 22 homes while a further 25 have been built in the grounds. With the developer Ankers and Rawlings committed to retaining many of the abbey’s original period features, the choice of a cost-effective rainwater system had to match the aesthetics of cast iron, whilst offering all the benefits of plastic materials. The size of the roof on the abbey also necessitated a high capacity system. 

To meet these requirements, Scott Worsfold Architects specified the 115mm Deepstyle Gutter and 68mm Round Downpipe in Classic Black.  Designed to offer effective rainwater drainage on larger or steeper residential roofs such as the abbey’s, this semi-elliptical system also provides the developer the potential to reduce downpipes due to higher capacity, which can provide substantial cost reductions and appearance improvements. Hoppers with the year of the renovation embossed in to them were also included to provide a unique way of identifying when the works were completed.

“From an architectural perspective the Cascade range is historically very accurate and it fits seamlessly with listed architecture without any compromise,” commented Gary Worsfold, Director of Scott Worsfold Architects. “When looking at all options, ease of install, and the clear benefits of a system that is designed with all components to fit and work together so easily was an obvious and critical need. However, it was the aesthetics which convinced us and the conservation officer. The system is an almost perfect aesthetic replica and it fits so well with this project and the architecture we are conserving. Detail is the building block of great architecture and it is in the detail that Cascade has a clear advantage over any other in the market place.”

With this landmark development now complete and the future of this abbey secured Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater System ensured an architecturally sympathetic appearance was achieved in the shortest possible time and without the health and safety implications of handling and installing a traditional cast iron system.

 For further information visit Cascade Cast Iron Style Systems.