Chapter House, Lichfield
‘We have used VELFAC successfully in past projects – such as Great Kneighton in Cambridge – and have always been happy with the level of service and support provided, and also with VELFAC products,’ says Proctor and Matthews Architect and Associate Constanze Leibrock. ‘We especially like the system’s slim profile, and that opening and fixed windows have the same external visual appearance.’
Uniform sightlines are a key feature at Chapter House, where large, fixed VELFAC windows combine with smaller opening units and doors to create the glazed screens fronting each of the 38 apartments, and the large ground floor lounge which overlooks the courtyard garden. Many of the opening VELFAC units have also been fitted with additional fixing points for decorative perforated metal Juliet balconies. These blend seamlessly with a dark grey external aluminium frame finish, specified to suit the gabled and colonnaded external facades featuring brickwork in different tones of terracotta, dark Staffordshire blue and a lighter cream colour, together with steel and timber cladding. ‘We specified dark grey to complement the mix of surrounding brickwork,’ says Constanze: ‘Inside, we used a clear lacquer on the inner timber frame to create a domestic and homely feel throughout the building,’ she adds.
Chapter House welcomed its first residents in 2017, and has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards, including AJ Architecture Awards Housing Project of the Year 2017 and a 2017 Civic Trust Award, and has also been longlisted for the RIBA MacEwen Award 2018.
Sector: Residential / retirement living
Architect: Proctor and Matthews