The UK’s first room in roof panelised full crescent install.
Situated on the fringes of the seaside town of Exmouth, Plumb Park, being built by Taylor Wimpey, comprises 264 two, three and four-bed homes designed in the arts and craft style. The centrepiece of the development is a curved crescent of 18 terraced homes overlooking a public hilltop park. Each of the 2½ storey homes in the terrace feature a panelised ‘room in roof’ system with the developer specifying Smartroof as the company to deliver the bespoke curved roof structure. For Smartroof, the big challenge was the curve and how to make straight timber appear as if it is effectively bending. In addition, the gable roofs on these terraced houses had a triangular apex projection on the front elevation which also necessitated a curved design. To achieve this onsite would have been a huge technical challenge for the joinery contractors, however the controlled environment of the Smartroof offsite fabrication facility meant the technical team could achieve the architect’s design with millimeter precision both in terms of cutting and fabrication.
The curved roof structure on the crescent homes at Plumb Park was always going to be a challenge but the team at Smartroof surpassed our expectations.
Site Manager, Taylor Wimpey
“As we have seen in our other developments, the end result was impressive with the room in roof system delivering on all fronts. It enabled us to reduce our build costs and health and safety risks onsite whilst at the same time improve the thermal efficiency and build quality of these homes.” “Smartroof has been one of the national suppliers of roof systems to Taylor Wimpey for several years.” The Smartroof system has not only helped Taylor Wimpey simplify the build process but also can be adapted to offer innovative solutions such as that used on our Plumb Park development. Taylor Wimpey continue to work with Smartroof to review and consider future enhancements including those challenges that will be faced through the upcoming changes to be introduced through Part L of the building regulations.” With the sweeping crescent of 18 terraced houses at Plumb Park now complete, Smartroof has fabricated and installed a complex and high performance roofing system which has seen the developer reduce costs and build times as well as health and safety risks on site.