Longford Farm - Wales

Facts

Country: United Kingdom
Type: Agricultural
Year: 2012
Architect: John Morris Construction
Category: Roofing
Product: Cemsix Natural Grey

For healthy livestock the key issue is to provide adequate ventilation. A "breathing roof" incorporating raised sheeting constructed with Cemsix corrugated sheets is the answer. Livestock housing must be able to withstand the corrosive effects of animal waste concentrated in a confined space, whilst providing the best clean air.

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A large-scale installation of Cemsix corrugated fibre cement sheets from Cembrit at a dairy farm in Wales.

The natural porosity and robust composition of Cemsix were ideal for Longford Farm, where animal welfare and environmental considerations are also of utmost importance. Cemsix helps create the perfect year-round conditions to ensure maximum production is maintained. Father and son, Henry and Charlie Hart, run and live on the dairy farm situated in Pembrokeshire. As one of three farms the Hart family owns, it was important the project was completed with a guarantee of lasting results. The open-sided structure maximises daylight and ventilation, which are essential requirements for a functional and pleasant environment for the animals.

“We particularly appreciate Cembrit’s fibre cement sheeting for roofing.” said farm owner Henry Hart.

“In addition to the well-known benefits such as the level of porosity and corrosion resistance of fibre cement slates, we can be sure that the sheets are guaranteed to provide great results for a long time, whilst meeting the specific needs of our farm.” The building was constructed by John Morris construction and Prescilli Fabrications who selected fully compressed Cemsix over other, semi-compressed alternatives because the greater density of Cemsix improves resistance to abbrasion, particularly around fixings. A special feature of this project is the ”breathing roof” whereby columns of sheets, are raised at regular intervals with battens on the purlins, above the plane of the roofslope. This creates in-slope ventilation which massively augments the air-flow provided by the ridge ventilation, increasing the velocity of removal of water and urea laden air from the livestock.