Aggregate Industries was recently chosen to supply Masterblock concrete blocks to two prestigious retirement developments.
Firstly, Aggregate was able to suggest a solution for Wixams Retirement Village in Bedford, a £44m scheme to build 230 apartments and a range of communal facilities, to ensure that it was as energy efficient as possible in line with U-value criteria between 0.22-0.23 W/mk, as well as ensuring a high strength build.
This included the supply of 38,000m² of MasterLite Pro, a lightweight concrete block designed for thermal efficiency and manual handling considerations. For use internally and externally, the blocks are ideal for preventing heat loss, which as a result makes an ultra-efficient home, vastly reducing the cost of heating for the homeowner.
MasterLite Pro is also currently the product of choice on another project, Arden Quarter in Stratford-upon-Avon, which includes a mix of retirement apartments and new homes, as well as a range of community facilities. In this instance, in addition to specifying energy efficiency requirements, the brief also included sound insulation. To date, Aggregate Industries has supplied 36,000m2 of MasterLite Pro in varying strengths to the project, resulting in impressive sound insulation and energy efficiency properties.
Jeremy Lee, commercial director for Aggregate Industries’ building products division, comments: “With the number of people aged 85 and over in the UK set to double over the next 25 years1, retirement living has become an essential part of our society. As demonstrated by these unique developments, constructing a community retirement village, with all the necessary amenities in close proximity, requires meticulous planning and innovative materials.
“With this in mind, and given the strict requirements of the build, our MasterLite Pro range of lightweight concrete blocks is proving the ideal solution for retirement builds as not only are they easy to handle and great for sound insulation but can also boost the thermal efficiency of structure – producing efficient and comfortable homes.”
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