Balcony Connections at Earlsdon Park Retirement Village

Earlsdon Park Retirement Village

Providing great results at Earlsdon Park Retirement Village - with balcony connections.

A purpose-built retirement village, Earlsdon Park Village will provide sustainable homes as well as useful amenities to over 55s from the Coventry area. Developed by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Earlsdon Park Village is being constructed on the site of the former Coventry Technical College on Earlsdon Road, just outside of Coventry city centre.

The development will include 262 individual apartments constructed across ten floors all focussed around a central community centre. This will house facilities such as a library, IT suite, café bar and health facilities, which are all designed to encourage social interaction and participation amongst the residents, as well as including people from the wider Coventry community. Residents, volunteers and visitors can participate in a huge range of activities, including writing, drama, singing, crafts and fitness classes. ExtraCare encourages and supports independent living, but the facility centres on the care that ExtraCare’s staff can offer to the residents. Such services include a wellbeing service for residents with dementia.

The facilities are designed to encourage social participation amongst residents and people from the wider community. Residents, visitors and volunteers will have access to a huge range of activities including singing, writing, drama, crafts and fitness classes to encourage independent living. The facilities also include care from ExtraCare staff for residents, including a wellbeing service for residents with dementia.

The contract for this development was secured by Galliford Try, a longterm contractor for the client. Galliford Try then came to Ed Matthews, Business Development Manager at SIG plc for advise upon and later supply the thermal balcony connectors for the project. Ed and the team had worked with Galliford Try on several other projects and SIG CA are a supply chain partner.

Ed Matthews explained that...

"We assisted Galliford Try in finding a competitive solution to the specified balcony connectors by recommending and supplying Ancon steel-to-concrete connectors, based on the best value option and availability. We worked closely with Ancon to provide technical expertise for the balcony connectors as they are all made to order depending on the loadings required by the structural engineers.

Ancon also have a supply chain agreement with Galliford Try, so it really was a success story of how these things can work if we all communicate and work together."

Ed concludes

"We supplied approximately 40k worth of balcony connectors to this project and supplied the material intermittently based on the contractor's requirements, which meant we delivered 90 for the first load to get them started then 100 per week there after."

Set for completion in May 2007, The Earlsdon Park Village project is worth £35 million.