PegasusLife begins work on UK’s first cross-laminated timber retirement development

Specialist retirement living developer PegasusLife has broken ground on a new development in Falmouth which will be constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT).

The Fitzroy project in Falmouth, available exclusively to people over 55, 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 Falmouth’s seafront.

The adoption of CLT reduces construction time for the project by six weeks as the CLT panels are manufactured off-site, reaping benefits for the business as well as near neighbours. CLT is half the weight of traditional concrete frames, which also reduces the depth and cost of the foundations needed by 25%.

Howard Phillips, Chief Executive, PegasusLife, said:

“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.”

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.

CLT consists of thick layers of wood sheets forming fully solid wall and floor panels. It can be used on walls, window and door openings, staircases and even lift shafts.

The Fitzroy plans include floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Falmouth’s bay, and a lounge that opens onto an outdoor terrace and adjoining maritime garden.

The development is due to welcome its first residents in summer 2018.

To read more about the development read James Parker’s project report in the June 2017 issue of ADF.