Abbeyfield Winnersh Care Home, Wokingham
Early specification of Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior at the design stage of a 60-bed care home in Winnersh has provided both speed and cost savings for specialist care home developers Castleoak Group.
By utilising the lightweight performance of the Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior panels, compared to brick and block construction, designers were able to reduce the size and weight requirements of the foundations.
Castleoak turned to Knauf to create an imaginative faceted façade in Winnersh near Wokingham for care operator Abbeyfield.
The Abbeyfield Winnersh care home is formed of four striking circular clusters that create a unique community to deliver innovative dementia care. Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior Cement Boards were used as a substitute façade system to brick and completed with a rendered finish.
Castleoak deployed lean construction techniques to optimise the build process. Work began on site in March 2015 and was completed in April 2016.
Facing cost pressure and difficulty securing brick and block supplies, Castleoak Operations Director Neil Robins and his colleagues were charged with designing a build strategy without the use of brick.
"With inhouse timber frame design and manufacturing, Castleoak was able to offer our customer a really innovative build solution", Neil said.
"The design was challenging, but we weren’t daunted. We knew we had to try something different."
"Our solution was to prefabricate all panels, floors cassettes, and for the first time, apply external render panels at the Castleoak factory for this build. This strategy offered a great quality solution – and enabled us to better control the build programme with less dependency on sub contractors."