Construction progresses ar £8.5m Wallasey extracare scheme

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, are utilising an offsite build approach at an extra care scheme in Wirral for Magenta Living.

Part of an £8.5million land and build agreement, the extra care development on Greenheys Road in Wallasey will include 53 apartments, helping fulfil a much-needed gap in older persons living within this specific area.

The system utilises a kit approach comprising panels formed from lightweight metal framing components which are assembled on-site prior to the concrete floor being cast in situ.

Simon Rose, Construction Director at Anwyl Partnerships explained, “The key benefits in using this type of system when compared to traditional masonry construction are the timescales involved in achieving water tightness of the building. A typical three-storey apartment block of 50 units built traditionally would take in the region of 35 weeks to achieve roof on stage, compared to almost half that for this lightweight steel frame option.

“For us as a business, it’s important we continue to explore new and alternative construction methods and technology and it was an Anwyl decision on this project to pilot a new way of building to guarantee completion within the contracted timescales.”

Use of this system requires no additional training – the specialist subcontractor designs, fabricates and erects the panel system on top of the ground floor structural deck formed on site. Installation of the frame is now underway.

Simon continued: “This is a first for us and as a business will be monitoring progress closely with the aim of utilising and replicating this approach across other Anwyl Partnerships sites.”

Justine Gore, Development Director at Magenta Living said, “Anwyl has an innovative approach to delivering new homes. In particular the off-site assembly panelised framework trial at the Greenheys Road Extra Care project. We welcome this approach as Magenta Living is committed to providing at least 25% of its 1,000 new homes programme to modern methods of construction. We look forward to welcoming our customers into their new homes and providing a care service tailored to meet their needs.”

The scheme is due for completion and handover in March 2023

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