McCarthy Stone commits to steel frames

McCarthy Stone’s Hewson Court in Hexham was built using Sigmat’s light gauge steel framing

McCarthy Stone says that it has 40 construction sites lined up that will use light gauge steel framing (LGSF) systems, supplied by Leeds-based Sigmat.

The company says that it is aiming for 50% of its future retirement communities to be built in this way.

McCarthy Stone signed a partnership with Sigmat in December 2020 and the first scheme they completed together was Hewson Court in Hexham, Northumbria, last year. It reduced typical build times by 15%, and future schemes are expected to reduce by 25%.

McCarthy Stone chief executive John Tonkiss said: “Sigmat’s unique solution will further increase our build quality, control our costs, and most importantly, build more energy-efficient and greener communities. This announcement paves the way to a more cost-efficient and sustainable future, and our long term aim is now to build 50% of all our new retirement communities in this way. The new NHBC accreditation also adds further assurance and certainty.”

Five new sites will start in 2022 using light gauge steel framing, including developments in Broadstairs, Stratford-on-Avon, Warminster and West Bridgford. A further are planned for 2023 and then 25 in 2024. From this point, the company aims for 50% of its sites to be built this way, up from the company’s previous aim of 25%.

McCarthy Stone and Sigmat have also this month been awarded NHBC Accepts accreditation for their LGSF apartment system.

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