Pioneering Elderly Care Scheme Successfully Trials Modular Construction

Thursday 9th July 2020
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Aberdare Extra Care is a highly innovative scheme.

It is the first of its kind in Wales and a major milestone for using innovative modular construction in future extra care developments.

This modular construction scheme involved high quality sections, known as modules, being fabricated and finished in a factory which was only 75 miles from the development, and then being fused together on site.

This method of construction is more commonly associated with more cellular building types such as, hotels and student accommodation blocks, where usually one module is used for each apartment.

For the pioneering Aberdare scheme, 2 modules were fixed together on site to form a single apartment. The off-site work to the apartments included full M&E installation and all finishes, with the exception of the hall where making good to the connection of the two units is necessary.

The scheme’s outward appearance is traditional and is clad with bricks, render and stone. Behind this cladding the building is comprised of over 120 innovative separate self-supporting modules.

The elderly care apartments for Rhondda Cynon Taf and Linc Cymru will provide homes where residents can flourish being as independent as possible whilst being reassured care is on hand to support each individual’s needs.

Part of a £50 million wider investment, alongside schemes in Treorchy, Mountain Ash, Porth and Pontypridd, to provide much needed extra care beds in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We are delighted to see residents are starting to settle in well with Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Services, noting how the scheme is already making a difference, he said “We have recently seen the impressive Maesyffynnon Extra Care facility open its doors in Aberaman, and it is already making a difference by helping older people to stay as independent as possible, while crucially receiving around-the-clock support. These facilities create a community within each building, and also encourage residents to integrate within the wider local community”.

Check out what one of the facilities first new residents as well as, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Linc, had to say here