Prestige Park and Leisure Homes
A first for weberwall brick
Prestige Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes is the UK’s leading holiday lodge and residential park home manufacturer, with a history spanning five decades and over 10,000 homes located across the country.
Its homes are manufactured at a dedicated state-of-the-art facility in Northamptonshire, where the company has been based since 2013 when Prestige Park and Leisure Homes joined forces with Homeseeker.
The site is made up of production lines spread across two factories, allowing Prestige to increase production to up to twelve homes per week. Homes begin their life in ‘the Acorn’ factory, where the initial structure is put together, before being moved next door for the interior fit-out and finishing touches. Prestige provides a full turnkey product, meaning every detail – right down to the soft furnishings – are supplied with their homes.
Creating a new flagship design
In December 2022, Prestige turned its focus to designing a new flagship model for its residential range: The Cottesbrooke.
“We were booked to exhibit at The World of Park & Leisure Homes Show in June 2023 – our first major event since the pandemic,” said Andrew Chick, head of design at Prestige Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes.
“Keen to make an impact at the show, we decided to explore some new design features that we hadn’t fully explored before. This included a fully hipped roof – meaning that as well as being sloped along its length, the roof also slopes along its width at each end, giving it the timeless bungalow look.
“We wanted to keep the ceiling fully vaulted to maximise space inside the home. This included the hipped ends, which required the use of an engineered Glulam beam arrangement to make this possible. We also designed a new layout to give customers an outdoor/indoor feel by including French doors to the dining area.
“Stylised windows geometrically separated into squares were chosen to help give a modern twist to the cottage/bungalow look and feel. Another key design choice we made for this reason was to use a brick slip finish on the exterior of the home,” Andrew said.
Choosing the right product
“Brick slips are already used in volume on modular buildings, when the homes are made in multiple modules, transported on lorries, and then assembled on site in line with Building Regulations,” explained Andrew.
“However, the way our homes are manufactured and transported is different in that they fall under the definition of a caravan, being made to comply with BS 3632 – the British Standard to which residential park homes are manufactured.”
During Futurebuild 2022, Andrew’s colleague Juliet Madge, who is the design lead for Prestige, was drawn to Saint-Gobain Weber’s exhibition stand where Weber’s Tim Martin,
The brick slip system is so lightweight that one wall wrap, displaying 20 brick faces, weighs the same as one standard brick.
“Usually, we would coat our homes in a textured render finish all over, but we were so impressed by weberwall brick and how suited it is to a factory environment that when it came to designing our new flagship model, we thought it would be ideal,” said Juliet.
“We’re not afraid to try new things with our homes and strive to lead the industry in terms of design wherever we can; we knew that using a brick slip system would help us go above and beyond the competition as it wasn’t something that had been done on a park home before, beyond just small amounts of detailing.”
She added: “Our homes are built on a production line, meaning we have a specific window of opportunity during each stage, so we needed something relatively quick to apply – and weberwall brick is exactly that. After reviewing the variety of colour options available, we settled on Antique Red Multi for an authentic and traditional feel.”
Achieving the same finish as traditional brick slips, weberwall brick takes a third of the time to install. The product is lightweight, non-hazardous, easy to cut, and, with a precise setting out design service, projects can be priced accurately with very little wastage.
Part of the support Weber provides to its customers is on-site training and, in line with this, Tim visited the Prestige factory in Rushden with
Tim said: “We were on hand to ensure Prestige’s applications and design teams felt confident when handling and applying the product. We then set them up with distributor Huws Gray so they could purchase weberwall brick when they were ready to add it to their chosen home.”
For the Cottesbrooke, weberwall brick was applied to a recessed entrance area to the front of the home, framed at each side with a projecting pillar, with the rest of the home having a textured render finish.
“For the first home, which we displayed at The World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, we decided to apply weberwall brick in our factory and complete the pointing when we arrived,” said Andrew.
Making an impact
Andrew added: “Together with the roof and the imposing dormer above the entrance, plus other carefully considered design aspects, the weberwall brick finish definitely helped to make a statement at the show, and we were really pleased with the level of interest it generated.”
Although it is still early days, The Cottesbrooke continues to draw interest and comment as part of the display on Prestige’s extensive showground.