elZinc Rainbow Green vertical standing seam cladding has been chosen to frame the award-winning Colby Lodge independent elderly living facility.
The 20 dual aspect flats are looked after by Walthamstow & Chingford Charity, who take care of almshouses and other elderly accommodation in the area, which dates back to as early as 1527.
The top floor is framed out in lightweight structural steel and clad in elZinc Rainbow Green vertical standing seam cladding. Balconies and common areas are picked out in perforated aluminium screens. The project also has Photovoltaic panels and a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery system.
The subtle tonal qualities of elZinc Rainbow Green provides a perfect foil to the highly textured, handmade buff brickwork and the perforated anodized aluminium panels which front the balconies and some of the circulation areas.
The design of Colby Lodge takes many of its influences from the HAPPI Principles, named after the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation series of reports produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People.
Each flat has a 5m2 minimum private terrace or balcony. The development also includes two accessible flats, a communal kitchen, lounge, therapy room, laundrette and gardens. A sunny sheltered garden, garden room, planted landings within the scheme and individual outdoor spaces encourage social interaction, and provide private spaces for residents.
The building is constructed from loadbearing buff brick and block with precast suspended concrete floors. The third floor is set back from the main façade by agreement with the planning department, meeting their massing needs whilst making efficient use of the site.
The project featured in the 2019 Open House programme. It has also been the subject of several awards including:
• Housing Design Awards - GLA Award 2019 — Winner
• Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Best Community Living 2019 — Winner
• New London Awards 2019 – Health and Care - Shortlisted
Find out more about elZinc by calling SIG Zinc & Copper on 0330 123 1820 or visiting their website here.