There are two housing developments at Tir Y Capel and LLys Y Myndd are a mix of refurbishment and new build to create the next generation of retirement housing. The aim of Wrexham County Borough Council is to enable older residents to remain in their own homes for longer, to allow them a better standard of living and ease pressure on the health service locally and nationally.
The job involved stripping the buildings back to bare shell and then adding new roofing, insulation, exterior render and upgraded windows to the exterior and total remodelling of the apartments on the interior. There’s also a completely redesigned communal space for use by all of the residents. These are used for regular social events as well as meetings and communal dining.
To the side of the existing building, four new apartments are to be built to bring the total on-site to 21. LLys Y Myndd is a very similar specification, but slightly bigger, with 26 remodelled and refurbished apartments.
As part of the mechanical specification, we also installed a new sprinkler system throughout the three blocks, to add a new layer of fire safety for the residents.
As is very common in recent projects, there’s a large renewable element to the mechanical services, with each of the apartments being heated by a 5kW Mitsubishi Eco Dan Air Source Heat Pump via compact radiators and hot water provided by local electric heat.
Chris Tolley who managed the project for Kimpton, talking about the project said “This was a great project for a number of reasons. Firstly, seeing the end result with some quality apartments for older people was really satisfying, but also knowing we’ve created something with a much lower carbon impact will ensure it’s viable and far cheaper to run into the long term. This is another of those projects that’s right in our sweet spot of skills, experience and interest, that we thoroughly enjoy.”