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Energy Efficiency


Aggregate Industries supplies building blocks to UK’s retirement developments


Building materials manufacturer, Aggregate Industries, has proved itself as the supplier of choice in the construction of high quality and energy efficient retirement homes, having successfully supplied Masterblock concrete blocks to two prestigious retirement developments.


This includes Wixams Retirement Village in Bedford, a £44m scheme to build 230 apartments, alongside a range of communal facilities, including a village hall, library and IT suite, bar and bistro, fitness gym, hairdressing and beauty salon and shop.


For main contractor Galliford Try Partnerships, one of the main requirements when building the complex was making it 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.


As such, by looking at Galliford Try Partnerships preferred materials, Aggregate Industries were able to suggest a solution which achieved the U value required. 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-efficienct home, vastly reducing the cost of heating for the homeowner.


MasterLite Pro is also currently the product of choice on another project run by Galliford Try Partnerships - Arden Quarter in Stratford-upon-Avon. A mix of retirement apartments and new homes, the £40m development will also include a range of community facilities, such as retail spaces, a play area, pocket park, and cafe.


AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES


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 efficient 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 years, 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.


TEL: 01285 646900 WWW.AGGREGATE.COM


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