Poppy lane, Bournemouth war memorial homes
The brick-built two-bedroomed bungalows reference locally listed post-war homes but with carefully considered contemporary detailing and featuring modern, high quality building products – including the VELFAC composite system - to deliver warm, comfortable well-insulated homes which meet the different needs of their residents.
‘We specified VELFAC primarily because of its thermal performance, but visually the VELFAC windows and doors also add style to each bungalow,’ says architect Mike Ford. ‘When selecting glazing for the project we did consider all-aluminium because of its durability. The VELFAC system could deliver lower U-values, however, and the aluminium / timber frame was just as durable externally. The composite design is also more sustainable than all-aluminium which meets our aim, as a practice, to design projects with minimal environmental impact.’
As well as doors and punch-hole windows, the excellent thermal performance offered by VELFAC allowed Mike to specify full height, sliding patio doors in every elegant, vaulted living room, also wrapping around the corner of some properties: ‘The five bungalows are set within a small community and all face inwards towards a private shared garden and allotment,’ Mike explains. ‘The large windows enable residents to maintain a connection with their neighbours and with the garden area, even if they can’t leave their home, thereby encouraging a greater sense of community.’
External aluminium VELFAC frames and doors are finished in white, contrasting with the brick facades and matching white-framed windows installed in the charity’s other nearby properties. Internal frames are also white but featuring a washed paint finish which, says Mike, ‘brings out the grain of the natural wood while also reflecting extra daylight into every room.’
Architect: Footprint Architects
Client: Bournemouth War Memorial Homes