The largest builder of supported living and retirement homes in the UK, and the only housebuilder in the UK to have achieved a five star rating 12 years in a row, McCarthy & Stone's portfolio of developments is diverse and of a very high standard.
Together with the high quality of build and internal finishing, location is paramount. The provision of close amenities and transport links, determine which sites are suitable to provide homeowners the complete, fulfilled living experience which has kept McCarthy & Stone PLC in number one position for many years.
Design is key. The aesthetic appearance of all McCarthy & Stone’s developments are carefully designed to sympathetically blend into the local environment with either a modern twist or a “nod” to the traditional buildings in the local area.
In essence all buildings; homes, offices or hotels could be just square boxes, but it's how the builder and architect dresses them that gives them "pavement appeal", that "Wow" factor, which adds value, the feel good factor for the homeowner, and continued sales and prestige for the developer.
Capvond Composites were delighted when McCarthy & Stone PLC asked them to be involved with their new development "Beacon Court" in Anstruther. Built using traditional methods rather than kit, this large development of 39 apartments in the coastal village of Anstruther, would reflect the local environment with pitched roofs, stone features and chimneys.
Capvond Composites's experience with over twenty five years of producing false chimneys for the building industry, was engaged to work with the architects and McCarthy & Stone's build team, to produce a product which would be fast and easy to fit within the building design and provide all the technical specifications. The false chimneys also required to withstand the often challenging weather conditions the East Coast of Scotland provides, particularly in winter months.
Lesley McEnroy, Regional Buyer, McCarthy & Stone PLC
Delivered complete with lead flashings and finished with a render effect stack, composite buff stone cope and double chimney pots, the false chimneys were lifted into place by cranes and fixed in place. Fast and efficient, the roof was now ready to tile.
Mcarthy & Stone chose Capvond Composites's Cast Composite Copes, and hybrid Cast Composite Features below the "crow's feet" detail at the base of the gables. Although this building was built using traditional methods and not kit, Capvond Composites's Cast Composite Copes were considered the better option than traditional stone copes. Better weather protection at the top of the wall and the significantly lighter weight, impacting on speed of build, manual handling and safety, and the overall reduction in cost, all contributed to a successful contract for both Capvond Composites and McCarthy & Stone.
Manufactured using Capvond Composites's Buff Multi Cast Composite, the copes matched in with the cast composite elements on the chimneys, and provided a seamless transition between the two components. At the time of construction Capvond Composites had not released its new range of Cast Composite Sills and Cast Composite Mock Lintels, so cast stone was used on this occasion. As the picture shows, all elements of the stone features blended together and provided a stunning contrast to the white rendered walls and traditional stone boundary wall to the front of the development.