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Article Date: 15th November 2013

Catnic Helps Maximise Social Developments

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Catnic Dudley Crescent

A new social housing refurbishment project by affordable housing specialist Southdale on Dudley Estate in Halifax has featured Catnic steel lintels in the £3.2 million redevelopment scheme in West Yorkshire. 45 two and three bedroom family homes were in need of complete renovation to ensure they exceeded the Decent Homes Standard.

Surrounded by a variety of schools in West Yorkshire, this high profile house improvement program has been traditionally built with a blend of brick types used to create distinctive elevations, while also offering very good insulation performance.

Southdale was originally asked to carry out a pre-contract feasibility study of the area, which included analysing the socio-demographics of the local population to determine whether the existing properties were meeting residents’ needs. As part of this study, both Southdale and the architect Watson Batty worked together to design a scheme that would help to complement the changes in lifestyles and cultures which were typical of people living in the area. The scope of works was detailed and incorporated into a project program. This pre-planning resulted in cost savings for the client whilst also helping to maximise the potential of the development.

With BBA certified lintels, Catnic is committed to achieving positive environmental performance and supports Government policies for sustainable development. In order to help the building industry meet higher environmental, legislative and economic demands, Catnic regularly improves its product efficiency.

“On this development the wall construction uses a fully filled 100 mm cavity between brick and blockwork, outer and inner leaves. Catnic supplied us with an efficient itemised schedule, which avoided any disruption, whilst offering us complete technical support throughout the project.” Comments Stuart Smith, Senior buyer for Southdale “In extremely difficult weather conditions, Catnic’s reliable service was paramount in ensuring the building project could be completed efficiently and on time.”

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