Richmond Witney

Howarth Timber cladding puts the finishing touch on Oxfordshire retirement village

Materials: ArborClad Clear Pine, thermally modified cladding (Thermowood D)
Materials Supplier: Howarth Timber and Building Supplies
Designed by: PRC Architecture
Case study source: Howarth Timber and Building Supplies

The thermally modified timber cladding is virtually knot-free, while the thermal treatment makes the cladding resistant to moisture.

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Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has put the finishing touch on the Richmond Witney Retirement Village, with the installation of ArborClad Clear Pine cladding.

The newly-constructed £32 million project was designed by PRC Architecture and built by BAM.  The design called for a village atmosphere with architectural features that reflect the local vernacular.

Howarth Timber's ArborClad Clear Pine cladding was specified because of its attractive appearance and sustainability benefit and is incorporated across entire elevations on selected buildings and as a unifying factor on others. As well as supplying the Clear Pine cladding, Howarth Timber machined to profile and finished the corner moulds and facias, providing a streamlined service.

The thermally modified timber cladding is virtually knot-free, while the thermal treatment makes the cladding resistant to moisture which means that it's more stable and will weather evenly to a clean silver-grey colour.

 

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Clear Pine requires minimal maintenance and is available PEFC certified on request. It provides a durable and cost effective cladding solution where a clear and attractive aesthetic is requirement.

The retirement village comprises a 60-bed village care centre, 47 care suites with associated accommodation and 79 close care apartments. The village also includes a wellness spa and restaurant to provide independent living for older people.

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Thermowood is readily available, plantation grown softwood timber that has been modified using a thermal process which improves the durability and stability of the timber.  The D grade is suitable for external use and is classified with class 2 durability which equates to a 30 year desired service life specification (BS8417) in external, above ground end use (Use Class 3 uncoated).
Fire retardant, painted or stained options are available. Bespoke profiles are subject to minimum order volumes.