Modern, designer homes with smart render finish
High performance monocouche render by Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified by Cotswold Homes Limited, Gloucester, for an exclusive new-build development in Cheltenham.
Consisting of 11 contemporary-style three and four bedroom homes designed to provide maximum space and natural light, each has a practical open-plan ground floor layout where families can cook, eat and relax together.
These modern, energy efficient two and three storey properties are finished externally with weberpral M monocouche render in Chalk and which blends perfectly with the local streetscene in this popular area.
Mark Pickthall, M P Plastering, Burnham-on-Sea, Bristol, specified the use of weberpral M for Cotswold Homes. “We have successfully used Weber renders for many years. They are user-friendly, totally reliable and, above all, convenient. Cotswold worked to a similar design to that of their boutique Horizon development in the Somerset town of Clevedon, which was highly popular and sold very quickly, and it made sense to use a similar combination of design and materials.”
weberpral M is BBA approved and offers the multiple benefits of pump application and through-colour One Coat Technology which are recognised for their contribution to minimising programme works. By reducing the drying time by as much as 50%, when compared with a traditional two-coat system, on-site labour is dramatically reduced contributing to project efficiencies and faster completion.
“The location proved to be a challenge in a restricted residential area,” continues Mark Pickthall, “so speed was of prime importance. weberpral M is quick and easy to apply and spray application ensured we kept ahead of programme targets over a tight build schedule.” A traditional ashlar detail has been added providing an attractive decorative finish. Facades rendered with weberpral M can provide the designer with a blank canvas onto which period architecture or modern geometric design can be introduced without the need for expensive special stonework.
Saint-Gobain Weber is the first manufacturer of monocouche renders to be awarded an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Global 2008 Green Guide to Specification. This audited material helps specifiers to make selections that will collectively reduce the environmental impact of their buildings while achieving a high number of BREEAM material specification credits.
“Despite the contemporary style of this collection of homes it blends beautifully with the period properties just north of historic Cheltenham town centre,” says Cotswold Homes’ sales manager. “The high specification interiors have proved popular and our purchasers are delighted with the crisp, modern appearance of these comfortable and efficient homes. The properties have sold quickly which is testament to their design, interior fit out and finish.”
weberpral M, a ready mixed, cementitious render is manufactured from carefully selected raw materials at facilities in Bedfordshire, Shropshire and Ireland where quality and consistency is achieved. It requires only the addition of clean water on site and is formulated for efficient spray application over large areas by render pump. It can be used on most suitably prepared brick and blockwork and offers a variety of ways to achieve distinct, architectural features.