The deal is set between Simat and McCarthy & Stone for light gauge steel framing (LGSF) products. The Leeds manufacturer Sigmat will receive steel frame systems across five McCarthy & Stone’s sites by the end of October 2021.
The retirement homes developer McCarthy will be supplying for more than 200 units in total. LGSF usage will help complete a quarter of McCarthy & Stone developments by 2025, according to the expectations.
This sums up to see approximately 400 units a year as the company reveals. The adoption of LGSF represents part of the new strategy, announced in September 2018, of “increasing affordability by designing communities with new construction techniques such as off-site manufacturing.”
The light gauge steel frames also have the potential to improve energy efficiency and cut development times by up to half, said McCarthy. The company also reckons that it was looking to increase its proportion of off-site development. It’s looking forward to including glazed window options by adopting other parts of Sigmat’s design elements.