Brilliant white, weather resistant external render from Knauf Marmorit has helped to give a new lease of life to a disused cinema near Doncaster which has been converted into a unique family home and filmed for Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

The Kensington Palace Cinema in Thorne opened in 1927. After becoming a bingo hall in the 1960s and then a night club, it was left empty in 1998 until it was bought in 2011. Now fully refurbished as part of the two-year residential conversion, the previously dilapidated art deco style façade provides an impressive front elevation for the new house.

Around 150m2 of Marmorit white render was used, comprising SM700 Pro basecoat and a top coat render finish of 1.5mm aggregate size Conni S. SM700 Pro is a multi-purpose adhesive and basecoat reinforcing mortar. Conni S is a pre-mixed silicone-based render finish. After full drying out, the render provides a water-repellent, vapour-permeable finish with long term protection against rain and resistance to algae and fungi.