Specialist retirement living developer PegasusLife has broken ground on a new scheme for over 55s in Falmouth which will be constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT).
The Fitzroy project will consist of a five-storey building designed to be a modern interpretation of the grand apartments and hotels, such as The Falmouth and The Royal Duchy, which line the town’s seafront.
The adoption of CLT cuts construction time for the project by six weeks as the panels are manufactured off-site, and reduces the depth and cost of the foundations needed by 25%, as it is half the weight of traditional concrete frames.
“We’re innovating in all sorts of areas and so it makes sense that we look towards more forward-thinking construction methods too. CLT is a much more sustainable method of construction and will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the Falmouth development” says Howard Phillips, chief executive of PegasusLife.
The CLT panels are machine cut, which reduces wastage and helps to create an airtight envelope which also helps to shrink heating costs.
John Nordon, design director at PegasusLife, said: “CLT is a quieter, cleaner material to work with but, while the thermal and environmental benefits are well documented, it also offers a lot of design versatility too so this is an exciting step for PegasusLife.”
The development is due to welcome its first residents in summer 2018.