The twin high-rise housing blocks of Sterte Court occupy a commanding location overlooking part of Poole Harbour in Dorset. But, if the view from within the ten-storey flats was impressive, the external appearance of the 1960’s rendered concrete structure was far less so, and its exposed setting near the coast also created corrosion issues.
A two-year, £7.5million refurbishment completed in summer 2015 has given the towers, together with two adjacent four-storey blocks, a new lease of life with better insulation, enclosed balconies, modern heating systems and a jaunty external colour scheme thanks to the use of Trespa® cladding to form a robust rainscreen.
David Hood, Project Manager at Poole Housing Partnership, which manages the estate on behalf of Poole Borough Council, says,
“We were confident the tough, durable material would meet the requirements for the building. The panels have good resistance to dirt, so a clean appearance has been maintained.”
The colour scheme, a maritime mix of white, grey and light blue, was chosen by the people living in the 134 one and two-bedroom apartments. Mr Hood explains,
“Residents had the opportunity to select the colours for the blocks by casting votes during coffee mornings and neighbourhood get-togethers. The blue/aqua colours reflect Sterte’s waterside location and have since been replicated on the garden sheds, or ‘beach huts’, installed by PHP for residents to use following the project’s completion.”
Residents have declared themselves extremely satisfied with the results of the refurbishment. Says Mr Hood:
“They have a new-found pride in their homes and many local people have been so impressed with the look of the blocks, they think it’s a new-build.”
More than 5000 square metres of the Trespa® Meteon® 8mm thick product in a mix of Cobalt Blue, Royal Blue, Verdigris, White and Ocean Grey were used in the Poole project.