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Turnstone Mews

ARP does like to be beside the seaside
An exclusive gated development of nine stylish new build apartments right on the beach at Margate feature a striking modern but weatherproof design featuring made-to-measure aluminium roofline products, panels, copings, soffits, fascias and porches designed and made by aluminium specialists ARP.
Turnstone Mews has been built with The Royal Sea Bathing Hospital as their backdrop. The hospital, opened in 1791, was built to give London TB patients access to fresh sea air. The owners of the hospital, now a top end residential development, stipulated that the new Turnstone Mews should not mimic its architectural style and the architects, Studio Hudson, certainly followed the brief, imagining a neat row of modern apartments with a beach hut inspired roofline with large windows to maximise the potential offered by uninterrupted views of the sea and skyline.
The developers, Kent-based Art of Living, worked closely with ARP right from the start of the design and build process. The company designed all of the aluminium elements of the buildings from the design vision of Art of Living’s Ian West, trialling the items for one unit before manufacturing the elements for the rest. “We wanted a modern finish to match the contemporary design of the scheme,” says Ian. “And because of the beach-side location, we needed a material that could withstand the harsh conditions without needing constant maintenance.”
“ARP was very proactive in coming up with design solutions, making suggestions and small changes to make the finish work better and even saved us money along the way. Nothing was too much trouble for ARP’s David Capel, he always delivered exactly what he said he would, when he said he would – the customer service was brilliant.” All of the bespoke products were specified to the exact dimensions of the buildings by ARP’s in-house CAD team to provide finished drawings for the client.
ARP supplied all of the aluminium panels, copings, soffits, fascias and porches, powder coated in RAL 7016 grey to exactly match the windows with a hardwearing marine grade polyester powder coating to protect the aluminium from erosion by the sea air.