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Fassa Bortolo lend rendering expertise to introduce a new accommodation block for a specialist residence for young people with complex needs


Leading Italian render manufacturer, Fassa Bortolo, has recently completed work on ‘National Star’ a £6.2M specialist residence in Ullenwood, for young people with complex needs and learning disabilities.

Specified in collaboration with Fassa’s National Specification Manager, Stephen Gore and Richard Moores from Coombes Everitt Architects, this high specification project demanded precision to ensure flawless facilities, to further support the brilliance of students and residents. Alongside this, the requirements of Speller Metcalfe and Coombes Everritt, meant a cost-effective design solution with a warranty and third party certification was required.

Spanning an area of 430 square metres, this project was executed utilising our esteemed Fassatherm system, renowned for its efficiency in External Wall Insulation (EWI) applications onto timber frames. The process commenced with the application of our proprietary A 96 adhesive, facilitating the affixation of the mineral wool insulation panels. The sequential procedure culminated with the application of FS 412 as a primer, before our final embellishment of RSR 421 silicone resin top coat, imparting both protective and decorative attributes to the system.

Our client, Speller Metcalfe commented, “We had a number of design issues with the External Render System on the project. By engaging with Fassa at an early stage and having on site meetings to review the spec and drawings, Fassa were able to come up with a design solution which was practical, saved time and money”.

We are also very excited to announce that National Star has been shortlisted for ‘Education Project of the Year’ in the Michelmores Property Awards 2024. We are honoured to have worked on a project and to be amongst many esteemed projects, both in the Education category and across the board. We very much look forward to the awards ceremony on 27th June.