Forticrete masonry specified for luxury retirement village
The external façade of Kennedy Court at Audley St. Elphin’s Park, a luxury retirement village in Derbyshire, has been completed using Forticrete high performance cast stone blocks in three bespoke colours.
Consisting of 15 two bedroom apartments, Kennedy Court is the third phase of development at St. Elphin’s Park, which is set within 14-acres of landscaped grounds on a 44 acre site in Darley Dale. Forticrete’s purpose-made cast stone Regency Ashlar blocks were previously specified by M2H Architects after working closely with Audley Retirement and the local planning authority for the main body of the external skin of Robinson Court, an earlier development phase.
The cast stone blocks were used as they seamlessly replicated the existing natural stone finish of St Elphin’s House, the centrepiece of the luxury retirement village in Derbyshire, a strict requirement of the local planning authority. Varying size blocks up to 600mm in length built in 3 different height courses combined with narrow 5mm mortar joints were used to closely imitate the construction of St. Elphin’s House.
In order to successfully replicate the texture of the natural stone Forticrete took wax rubbings of the natural stone on St. Elphin’s House, this was then passed onto the product development department. Forticrete developed a unique ‘masons tooling’ finish for the face of the Regency Ashlar block, unlike the smooth face of traditional ‘ashlar’ blocks. The Regency Ashlar block also boasts a unique colour matching capability thanks to a library of several hundred bespoke colours, enabling the manufacture of perfect blends, best suited to complement both St Elphin’s House and the development’s surrounding environment.
As with the construction of Robinson Court in 2013, both Audley and the local planning authority favoured the use of natural stone at Kennedy Court to ensure the development would sit seamlessly within its existing natural stone vernacular.