Forticrete delivers for Richmond Care Villages
Forticrete has recently completed a roofing project for premium retirement home and assisted living developer Richmond Care Villages. The work was undertaken in partnership with building and architectural specialist BAM Construction and delivered at Richmond’s newest facility in Wood Norton, Worcestershire.
Designed to maximise space and create a community feel, the development is comprised of 61 village apartments, 46 village suites, a 60-bed village care home, a nursing and residential unit for those living with dementia, alongside a number of dining and leisure facilities. With a complex build in place, this created a unique set of challenges for Forticrete.
In order to replicate an authentic village environment, the Wood Norton development is divided into two distinct internal areas, separated by a courtyard space and crowned with a number of smaller, differently shaped roofs. This was one of the primary driving factors in BAM Construction first inviting Forticrete to get involved with the project.
Michael Trott, Area Sales Manager for Forticrete, explains: “Prior to Forticrete starting work on the Wood Norton development, some of the original specification for the project had already been turned down by planning authorities. It was at this point that BAM Construction contacted us directly. We had previously worked in partnership on a number of projects of equivalent scale and complexity, so BAM were aware of Forticrete’s ability to deliver products which meet stringent planning guidelines.
“As one of the only roofing specialists in the UK to not only manufacture all of our own concrete and slate tiles, but also the majority of accessories, including dry fix systems, we’re able to tailor the project to meet the exact needs of the planning authorities, our partner contractors, sub-contractors and, ultimately, the end-user.”
The installation of the roof at the Wood Norton residential facility took just over two years from initial planning to final inspection, with six months of active build time.
Michael continues: “To give a sense of the scale of the Wood Norton project, the roof itself was more than four and a half thousand square metres, equating to some 75,000 individual tiles. What’s more, we had to ensure the roof was in keeping with the aesthetic of the wider area.
“Ultimately, thanks to our close working partnership with BAM Construction and its architectural subdivision, BAM Design, we were able to deliver the project both on time and budget and look forward to collaborating with them again in the near future!”
To ensure the end-customer has complete peace of mind, Forticrete also offers a complete warranty package - guaranteeing the whole roof for 15 years if Forticrete products are used exclusively for the entire project. With more than 90 years’ experience of roofing excellence, Forticrete’s Gemini concrete roofing tile has been awarded prestigious Millennium Products status by the Design Council and has subsequently been honoured by a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation.