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Knutton Village

Cascade was used to breathe Victorian charm into this period terrace renovation in Knutton Village, North Staffordshire with the popular 112mm Roundstyle gutter and 68mm round downpipes installed during the renovation of 45 terrace houses dating from 1843 to 1939.

The £1.1m project was a joint funded project between RENEW North Staffordshire’s Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI) and Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council, which funded 40% of the cost. The project involved the exterior renovation of 73 properties in High Street, Nash Street, Peake Street, Chapel Street, Gordon Street and Cemetery Road in the village of Knutton.

The properties were recognised as being of significant quality in the comprehensive heritage characterisation study of the area, commissioned by Urban Vision North Staffordshire. The overriding aim of the project was to improve the properties’ appeal by restoring and retaining their heritage features. As a result, specification of works and product details were focused on improving the heritage aesthetic and reinstating original features where possible.

When it came to replacing the rainwater system, CTD Architects’ Chris Hesketh specified the Cascade due to its accurate replication of traditional cast iron guttering and downpipes to retain the heritage appearance of the rainwater system. The residents also wanted a system that would be easily maintained.

Although the driving aim of the Knutton village project was to instil the original Victorian features back into the exterior facades of the properties, the project did not actually fall into a conservation area. However, the project has drawn attention from elsewhere and has been noticed by several key players in conservation areas, as it represents a cost-effective solution to the replacement of real cast iron in locations where the original appearance is the overriding concern.

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