Harrogate is an affluent town in the heart of Yorkshire, renowned for its rich architectural heritage and beautiful countryside history.

Oakdale, a prestigious early 1900’s five bedroom detached listed building, was scheduled for a full refurbishment and extension to be carried out by highly regarded local developer Kent Building Developments.

Due to the location, local planning conditions required careful consideration to be given to every aspect of the project to ensure the historic aesthetics of the building were not compromised.

The surrounding area had predominantly cast iron rainwater systems, one of the stipulations that ARP had to be mindful of when proposing a suitable metal rainwater system.

Replacing cast iron with aluminium gutters and downpipes

It was agreed that the Sentinel Vintage Ogee Snap-fit gutter profile would be a perfect like-for-like alternative and to be finished in a leatherette effect which imitates the original textured cast iron gutters.

The cast-like profile and the leatherette finish completed the required look to match neighbouring properties.

Colonnade Cast Collared Downpipes and Carinus Hoppers, again finished in a white leatherette finish, completed the system, all powder coated at ARP’s purpose-built in-house PPC facility based in Leicester.

In addition to the rainwater system, the property was also in need of replacement fascias and soffits. Following an in-depth site measure by the Area Manager – Andrew Redshaw, measurements for the full roofline were used to ensure complete accuracy in manufacturing the fascia and soffit detail.

Manufactured from pressed aluminium, ARP’s Production Team made the required detail to the exact dimensions of the building. Once they were coated with white textured leatherette PPC, they blended well with the rainwater system.

Harrogate Oakdale Gutter and Downpipe Images


The benefits of aluminium rainwater systems

Aluminium guttering can last more than thirty years and is strong, durable and non-corrosive.

Because aluminium can be easily formed, it is the ideal metal for gutters, rainwater pipes, fascias and soffits.

Applying Polyester Powder Coating enables the products to be fitted immediately with no labour required for on-site painting.

Not only does the PPC give the property the finished look, but it helps reduce the need for regular repainting in years to come.

Steve Kent, Kent Building Developments, said:

“I like to see and feel the materials I use in my projects and ARP were able to provide samples, but more importantly Andrew Redshaw was also available to visit me to discuss the project face to face and was at the end of the phone when I needed advice – which is essential to me.”