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Llys Enfys Extracare, Ty Glas Llanishen, Cardiff

Leadbitter were the successful design and build contractor in a Linc Cymru 'competition' to win, design and deliver this project. Gallese Design were the briefing concept designer successfully appointed by the client to deliver a 110 apartment Extracare 'home' for Linc Cymru Housing Association. Gallese Design remained the concept guardian throughout the project, liaising with Leadbitter and Linc Cymru to manage and advise on practical and financial departures from design intent, with quality control commentary provided.

The client aspiration was to provide 'green' engineering and sustainable features, integrated within the Mechanical and Electrical engineering systems and feedback received reflects positively with previous Linc Cymru Extracare building benchmarking. The architectural form was already designed, which limited 'real' sustainability in our opinion.

Building description

Ty Glas is a concrete and light steel fame construction with zinc roofing, timber and render cladding. It was built to the Building Regulations thermal values of Part L2A 2005 and has gas fired low surface temperature heating throughout, rainwater harvesting, solar thermal hot water generation, CHP lead boiler and heat pump comfort cooling to lounge areas during the summer months to provide heat relief. Commercial sprinkler protection has been provided and there is low energy lighting throughout.