Extra care unit, Aberystwyth

Extra care timber frame unit in Aberystwyth for Anwyl Partnership which comprises of 56 Apartments.

The £9m extra care scheme was built in Aberystwyth by main contractors Anwyl Partnerships for Wales and West Housing Association. The building will provide 24 hour on site care and support for those needing more assistance.

Lowfield’s supplied and erected the timber frame kit for the 4 storey 5690m2 project located at Pen yr Angor, Trefechan, with magnificent views over the town and harbour. The project started just as the world was about to enter a global pandemic, this meant communication between contractors and sub-contractors was vital in the success of the project.

The project included 50 one bedroomed apartments and 6 two bedroomed apartments. The kit was made up of 140mm studs with 18mm OBS3 sheathing, with 100mm factory fitted rigid insulation. The party walls were constructed to robust detail to aid both fire and acoustic requirements and floor cassettes were used to speed up the build and reduce the potential falls from heights.

This was one of the largest projects Lowfields has worked on and the end result is extremely impressive sitting overlooking Aberystwyth

The new development in Aberystwyth has created 56 apartments all with supported living for those over 55 in the local area. Situated on a cliff face in a scenic coastal location, the timber framed construction was utilised to combat the elements prone to these types of locations. Extensive rock bed dig-out was completed prior to the build.

The development features guest bedrooms, pamper bathroom suite, restaurant/bistro and a television lounge. In addition to this there are also activity rooms, residents’ garden area and carers’ suites. The timber framed development will not only add a modern extra care unit for the residents but also employment opportunities for people in the area.


Jack, quantity surveyor at Anwyl gave this statement “Working alongside Lowfield, we chose to go with a timber frame on this development due to the speed of build and the fact the site was in a remote coastal location. We were able to quickly reach water tight stage, allowing our trades working on the internal fit-out to start much earlier than if we had used other construction methods. The factory-installed insulation assisted us in meeting our client’s requested u-values, which we would have struggled to meet should we of used a different method”.