Low Maintenance Peace of Mind

February 07, 2014 at 6:34 AM


PVC-U roofline products, cladding and Tudor board from Swish Building Products have been used to complete Wellington Court, a new McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living development. Located on Waterloo Road in Epsom, the new build complex comprises 32 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 60's. Swish Building Products exceeded the demands of the specification, to  construct a low maintenance, high performance exterior, supplying proven and appropriate products.

Supplied through an approved, local stockist, the 16mm square fascias and soffits in black foil create a strong, light-weight and low maintenance roofline, while the Tudor board, also in a black foiled finish adds a point of interest to the façade. The white PVC-U cladding installed in the undercroft is an ideal alternative to timber, requiring little or no maintenance; it can also help to significantly improve the thermal properties of a building.

Design Matters

Each McCarthy & Stone development is designed to be in keeping with the town and complement the local surroundings. On Waterloo Road there are a number of original timber-frame buildings bearing signs of their post and beam construction; to emulate this some homeowners have embellished their properties with mock Tudor board. As a result, and in-line with the McCarthy & Stone design criteria the front elevation features PVC-U Tudor board on its gables and dormers, combined with red brick and cream coloured render.

Maintenance Matters

The maintenance and life cycle of a product forms a stringent part of the specification and procurement process for McCarthy & Stone. Julie Ward, regional sales & marketing director for McCarthy & Stone commented: "Our homeowners own their own properties and have the freedom to maintain and decorate them as they wish, but as a provider of quality housing for those in later life, it's our responsibility to ensure that each development is maintained to a high standard. That's why it's important we specify products that are not only high quality, but incredibly low maintenance. This makes it more effective for us and the residents."

Specification Matters

"We have to ensure that we do the best for our residents, and that means appropriate and best value specification," continues Julie Ward, regional sales & marketing director.

The PVC-U roofline products, cladding and Tudor board form part of a wider McCarthy & Stone initiative to provide the very best in products and materials, from little luxuries like walk-in wardrobes to lever taps, level access showers and electric skylight windows to selected apartments, all of which combine to create a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for the homeowners.

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living gives freedom to those who are able to enjoy independent living without the hassle and responsibility of mundane tasks like exterior maintenance. This leaves the homeowners free to enjoy their home and independent living in a safe environment which offers companionship, privacy and security.