Forticrete has supplied more than 40,000 Gemini roof tiles for the construction of Halebourne Care Group’s latest luxury development for independent living in Broadbridge Heath.
With the development located in a rural area, standards were set by the local planning authority, meaning the roofing contractor required a tile that would complement the traditional neighbouring buildings. As such, Forticrete worked alongside Bracknell Roofing to offer a solution in its Sandfaced Gemini tile in an Ember Blend.
The retirement village offers the highest standards of residential, nursing and dementia care for 71 older residents and will offer first class facilities and accommodation. The design of the build was crucial in ensuring all residents feel welcome, relaxed and secure, while also enjoying an active and independent lifestyle.
Freddie Wade, Contracts Manager for Bracknell Roofing, said: “We initially started on the construction of the retirement village in 2018, following our appointment by specialist care contractor, Lawrence Baker. With tight deadlines in mind, we worked together to specify a roofing material, which could offer savings in both time and labour. With this in mind, we turned to Forticrete’s Gemini tile.
“The tiles within the range include a ‘double cambered’ design, which gives the appearance of two traditional plain tiles being laid side by side. This design meant that we were able to lay between 16.2-18.1 tiles per m2, while traditional plain tiles require up to 60. Coupling this with short lead times from Forticrete, and quick and easy installation, the Gemini roof tile was a perfect choice.”
Michael Trott, Area Sales Manager at Forticrete, said: “The Broadbridge independent living site is an exceptional project built on the outskirts of Horsham. It has been an exciting process to work closely with the Lawrence Baker and Bracknell Roofing teams during the construction of the retirement village.
“The Gemini tile is popular among developers, builders, and local authorities due to its ability to closely match traditional and modern builds alike. The tile is available in a variety of colours and finishes, so roofers and contractors can rest assured that their build will achieve the look of traditional builds while using modern materials that can save on material and labour costs, all while meeting the prerequisites set out by planning departments.”
Forticrete’s Traditional Sandfaced Gemini tile has been kitemarked to BS EN 490, which ensures the product’s permeability, mechanical testing, and material strength. The tile carries with it a 60-year product integrity guarantee, offering customers complete peace of mind.