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‘Cooper’s Hill celebrates its history and restoration with Wetherby’s EWI’

Cooper’s Hill sits within the Magna Carta Park in the stunning village of Englefield Green, Surrey and will see the former Brunel University Runnymede campus transform its Victorian Gothic building from student accommodation into a luxury retirement village with the help of Wetherby’s EWI.

The 67-acre site was purchased by Audley last year and with its idyllic local attractions and surrounding areas including Windsor Castle and Savill Gardens at Ascot Racecourse it was deemed a prime location to become Audley Care Cooper’s Hill luxury retirement village for the over 55s. The site will comprise of 128 properties including a health club, swimming pool, restaurant and library.

During its existence, the site has passed through the hands of many notable owners and has had a long and colourful history, therefore, when Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract it was important that efforts were made to preserve and celebrate the history of the area.

Wetherby were appointed to provide a suitable EWI system for the project which resulted in the instalment of Wetherby’s Thin Coat System with Stone Wool insulation system. Stone Wool is a consistent density slab that ensures better long-term compressive strength and high impact resistance. Stone Wool boasts improved thermal performance and is a thinner, lighter product compared to other high-strength options making it ideal for use behind our Thin Coat Renders. A thickness of 90mm Stone Wool Insulation was used throughout the project and was completed with Wetherby’s 1.5mm Silicone Render in white creating a stand out finish and providing perfect colour consistency throughout.

Audley’s managing director Kevin Shaw said: “The retirement village model is very different to that of traditional house-builders; building the villages is the first step, but Audley then continues to operate and run those villages, so it is essential that we work with partners that understand this significant difference. We have a proven track record of successful projects with Balfour Beatty; they have always shown a real understanding of the Audley proposition and the need to meet the growing demand for high quality retirement properties. This is the natural next step in this partnership and we look forward to moving forward with the development of Audley Cooper’s Hill.”

“The demand for the type of retirement living that Audley Village offers is high and growing, across the UK, as an ageing population seeks aspirational properties to downsize to.

“Audley Cooper’s Hill will be an enviable retirement village in a prime location.”

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