Case Study


Roof coverings for residential retirement village in Exeter.

Project Brief

Balfour Beatty is to develop an new and exclusive £31m residential retirement village for the over-55s in Exeter. The village is located in the former home of a local charity, the St Loyes Foundation, which relocated several years ago leaving the site unoccupied. The village will provide over 100 new properties including luxury cottages and apartments as well as a residents clubhouse with a private restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Western Counties Roofing has been contracted by Balfour Beatty to install roof coverings using a range of materials for a variety of design specifications.

What We Did

Nestled in a peaceful setting close to the river in the heart of the historic cathedral city of Exeter, Millbrook Village embodies the perfect blend of luxurious, independent retirement living combined with the comfort and security of an exclusive village community.

The Village offers a selection of luxury two- and three-bedroom cottages and one-and two-bedroom apartments, finished to the highest of standards throughout, all centred around a stylish private Club House featuring a bar, restaurant, pool, gym and many more hotel-style facilities for residents to enjoy.

All Renaissance Villages have been designed to provide energy efficient, sustainable, luxurious homes and in most cases surpassing the standards required of the home building industry by the Government.

Due to the eco friendly requirements of the brief Fibre cement slate, an alternative to natural slate were specified for the pitched roofs. Fibre cement slates consist of layers of cellulose, reinforcing fibre and cement. Designed to mimic the appearance of natural slate, fibre cement slates have the same form and thickness with all the economic, functional and environmentally friendly qualities of modern slate technology. These slates can achieve a A+ rating making them ideal roof covering for the development to provide a sustainable, energy efficient homes.

This development is a multi phased development and involves extremely complex building designs with staggered roofs, dormas and gardens rooms all incorporated in to the main roof. Sarnfil single ply was installed to all the flat roof areas which included large apartment blocks, garden rooms and bin stores.

Western Counties Roofing deployed a team on four slaters and two single ply trained and approved operative to be on site when necessary.