Mackworth Drive & The Fieldings
The two developments, built simultaneously, offer contemporary living in a traditional context. The three large detached homes at Mackworth Drive combine the sleek VELFAC system with natural local stone, render and timber-style cladding, and feature large VELFAC sliding doors within the rear facades, which ‘seamlessly link the living areas with the garden’. At The Fieldings - a development of new, refurbished and barn conversion properties - VELFAC units are combined to create innovative features, with countryside views ‘framed perfectly’ through floor to ceiling glazing.
‘We usually specify all-timber glazing but at Mackworth Drive and The Fieldings we wanted to create homes with a more modern look,’ says Steven Bateman, Grace Homes Planning and Technical Director. ‘We also knew that VELFAC had a good reputation for quality, which fits well with our own values and build standards.’ The composite frame brought further advantages, adds Steven: ‘VELFAC composite units offer smaller sections than timber alternatives, resulting in larger openings, and VELFAC could also supply large sliding doors - again, not possible with a timber system.’ VELFAC met performance specifications with ease, especially at Mackworth Drive where, says Steven, ‘it would have been challenging to achieve the necessary SAP ratings with an all-timber system, given the number of large openings, but the thermal efficiency of VELFAC, across both glass and frame, meant this was not an issue.’
VELFAC versatility also enhanced architectural impact: ‘At both developments we specified grey aluminium exterior frames as a contrast to local stonework, and as a point of difference that didn’t dominate the overall appearance of the finished homes,’ says Steven, adding: ‘Internally, we specified white painted timber for a neutral finish which easily blends in with a customer’s own colour scheme.’
Both developments received a ‘superb response’ when they went on the market in late 2017, with The Fieldings also shortlisted for Best Small New Housing Development in the 2017 LABC Building Excellence Awards.
Sector: Plot by plot housing
Developer: Grace Homes