On the decision to use Gyproc Habito, Tony Abbs says: “Our repairs team are in high demand across our housing stock and, as a result, we’ve struggled to keep up with maintaining the walls in our properties. This means we need a robust, long-lasting product, which is also easy to install and replace when it is time to undertake maintenance on a home.
“We were impressed by the strength of Gyproc Habito. Its ability to help in significantly increasing maintenance cycles makes it the perfect product for the development of high-quality social housing.
It’s also really important to us that our residents can make the accommodation feel like their home - one way of doing this is by hanging items on the walls – such as photos and decorations. Because the plasterboard we’ve installed is 5 times stronger than standard it allows our residents to easily hanging TV’s on the wall, or put up shelves and additional storage without any specialist fixings. All they need is a screwdriver and a no.10 woodscrew. Using Gyproc Habito means when a family move out there are just small screw holes left and our repair costs will be significantly lower than normal.”
Following a successful test-house - which now accommodates Newham Council’s highway maintenance offices - the first development, featuring six three-bed homes, had its first residents moving in before Christmas.
This initial development is expected to be followed by an additional 32 timber-framed homes, which will also use Gyproc Habito as standard.