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Old Ashford Railway Works

At the redevelopment of a former railway works in Ashford, Kent, the installation of Cascade Rainwater Systems from Brett Martin Plumbing & Drainage has helped to blend the past, present and future. Installed on 108 new-build homes, the cast-iron aesthetic perfectly complements the historic character of six listed railway buildings located within the site whilst its quick and easy installation delivered considerable time savings and is safer to install from height.

Designed by Clague Architects for main contractor Kier Group, the 108 new homes signal the first phase of a four phase project that is expected to deliver more than 700 homes, 7,000m2 of commercial space and a 957 space car park. With many of the houses and apartments to be allocated as affordable housing, it was crucial for all product specifications to strike a balance between long term performance and cost-effectiveness.

Specified was a Cascade system comprising 115mm deepstyle gutter and 68mm round downpipes, completed with the addition of cast iron effect hoppers. The Cascade system ensured an architecturally sympathetic appearance was achieved in the shortest time possible and without the health and safety implications of handling and installing cast iron.

Offering the appearance of traditional cast iron with all the benefits of plastic materials, Cascade is a fraction of the price of cast iron or other materials such as aluminium.  All gutter fitting joints have integral seals and flexible retaining clips, allowing the gutter lengths to simply click into place.

Brett Martin rainwater systems are designed to provide the specifier and installer with maximum choice, flexibility, ease of installation and long-term performance. Offering a ten year guarantee, Cascade is UV stabilised which protects against rusting or corrosion and ensures a maintenance free system that provides the perfect aesthetic finish to historically sympathetic developments for years to come. 

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