Shiel Developments join British Gypsum innovative partnership
ICF developer incorporates Gyproc Habito plasterboard on new development site
“Buildings without compromise” is how Iain Purves, Managing Director at Shiel Developments would describe his business. Currently redeveloping the old Colman’s Mustard factory ‘Taylors Yard’ in Newport Pagnell, Iain and his team are no strangers to seeking out interesting and architecturally interesting sites in which to build beautiful homes.
“This development exudes quality. It’s a very elegant development and many of its architectural features are taken from the original factory that once stood in its place. We’re using an ICF method of construction which works incredibly well for the style of town house property that we’re building. It’s important that we seek out partners that can bring new innovations to our homes that not only improve the construction process, but add layers of value to the future occupiers of these mews-style homes - British Gypsum’s innovative contribution to Taylor’s Yard is vital.”
Using Gyproc Habito plasterboard and ThistlePro Magnetic plaster through each of the properties has enabled Iain to overcome one of the fundamental challenges in the use of ICF - how do I fix things to it?
“ICF and Gyproc Habito plasterboard are a match made in heaven. ICF brings incredible speed efficiencies to the build process and has enabled us to construct Taylors Yard with very minimal material movement, but Gyproc Habito is the icing on the cake. It adds a further layer of rigidity to the structure and gives the future owner complete and unadulterated flexibility when it comes to hanging things off the walls.”
Iain isn’t afraid to talk candidly about the increased cost of Gyproc Habito plasterboard over and above standard plasterboard. As he describes: “I’ve tested the cost argument with buyers and without exception all would pay extra for Gyproc Habito plasterboard - it stacks up financially and definitely delivers a home without compromise.”
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