They say a man’s home is his castle and in this case study we see that is true.
In late 1999 a local Derbyshire businessman fulfilled a life-long dream to become the owner of Riber Castle which overlooks Matlock in Derbyshire on a hillside some 853 feet above the town. Finally, in 2006, after much discussion and debate with local and national organisations, the deputy prime minister gave planning permission for the renovation to begin, allowing the building to be converted into 26, 3 storey apartments, 10, 3 storey executive houses with every window offering breath taking views of the Peak District and all built within the outbuildings. There were also to be a further 10 ultra-modern bespoke new build properties. All the dwellings required a standard of luxury that living in a castle naturally demanded.
The building which required new floors to be installed throughout has seen in excess of 700m3 of pumped concrete installed on top of a steel profiled deck system. As this would not offer the required acoustic performance on its own the developer had to look at options for including achieving the acoustic requirements both of building regulations Part E and which were in keeping with the designs.
Additionally the floor system needed to include a thermally responsive and environmentally friendly screed and underfloor heating system thus offering the ultimate in luxury that the build style required.
The developer designed all apartments to be independently weather compensated. This was run through a fully integrated building management system. This meant that fast response was required from the underfloor heating system. Gypsol Thermoplane screed was selected as it not only met the general construction requirements but also, when coupled with the highly efficient Thermoplane underfloor heating system resulted in the optimum in energy efficiency, speed, quality and cost effectiveness of the floors.
The Gyspol Thermoplane screed was installed by pumping from a distance some 100m away from the point of use and in order to ensure versatility, speed and reliability the screed installer had two pumps on site and maintained constant contact with screed supplier Aggregate Industries throughout the pours.
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