We have designed and supplied roof trusses, trussed rafters, and spandrel panels for Rowlinson Construction Limited of Stockport, for their £15m development in Gorton, Manchester.
Rowlinson is in the process of constructing a new, sustainable care development for Southway Housing. Located on Abbey Hey Lane, the project will see 106 new homes which have been specifically designed for those 55 and older who need extra living support around the clock.
The build will create 43 one-bedroom and 63 two-bedroom homes that will be available for rent and can cater for a mixture of needs. This aims to fit the gap in the market for high-quality new housing which can support older people but allow them to keep their independence. They will have a range of support on offer if they need.
The development has been designed by Pozzoni Architects and features extensive landscaping and secure and protected access. They have come up with a range of environmentally friendly solutions including ground source heat pumps, vehicle charging points, and solar panels.
Eleanor McCallum, an associate at Pozzoni Architects has explained:
“As our population continues to age and as society becomes more intergenerational, providing quality residential accommodation with key integrated services, such as health and care, is vital”
Their aim was to create an inclusive, distinct and characterful neighbourhood for people to not only live in but work and move around in.
We used our Mitek PAMIR software to design the roofing solution for the build at Gorton. Our director, Dave Hopkins Jr said:
“Even on a roof of this size, with a vast number of components, there was no discernable lag or drop in performance and the software worked crisp and cleanly. From within a single design we created multiple detailed drawings with minimal effort , dividing two blocks up into twelve A1 sized output drawings using Viewports. Any amendments we later applied to the design updated these viewports automatically.”
It also wasn’t, just the roof trusses which were designed on the software. We designed the party wall spandrels and gable spandrels on there too.
“We designed and manufactured trusses, party wall spandrel panels and gable spandrels. The combined span of the roof trusses totalled 17 metres producing a ridge exceeding 6 metres in height, running throughout two main blocks, each block over 70 metres in length. This required a colossal effort in orchestrating design, manufacture and delivery of frames this size.”