CMS Window Systems has completed a project with Fife Council to deliver high quality new homes for elderly residents in a pioneering ‘care village’ concept. The development on Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy, forms part of an extensive initiative by Fife Council to create a supportive community for older people in the local area. In addition to a 60-bed care home, its residential facilities include a cluster of purpose-built bungalows for independent supported living. The 26 brand new bungalow residences are arranged around the main care village, giving occupants easy access to the site’s café and dementia garden. Each can house up to two residents, helping couples and individuals to retain their independence and sense of community while still receiving regular visits from carers and support staff.
With ten years’ extensive experience providing building envelope solutions for the local authority and social housing sectors, CMS’s market-leading reputation for product quality, environmental sustainability and long-term performance saw them awarded the contract by Fife Council to provide glazing and composite doors for the new bungalows at the site. CMS’s brief for the project was exacting. The primary focus of the development was on creating comfortable, welcoming living conditions for elderly residents keen to maintain their independence and continue living with their loved ones, while providing more support for vulnerable tenants than traditional sheltered housing.
To meet the brief, CMS installed low-maintenance PVCu casement windows with a sophisticated grey and white finish. Attractive Masterdor composite doors were also installed, featuring patterned glass panels and an appealing textured finish. With all hardware and glazing already in place, the doors arrived onsite pre-finished and ready to fit. Additionally, it was important for CMS to meet Fife Council’s rigorous performance standards to create energy-efficient, cost-effective social housing. With industry-leading U-values and an enviable air tightness rating, CMS’s PVCu units are rated ‘A’ for energy efficiency, giving Fife Council assurance that the windows and doors will provide the Ostler’s Way care village with reliable long-term performance.
CMS’s Contracts Director, Billy Semple, praised Fife Council’s work on the Ostler’s Way project: “The development of the care village really demonstrates how important it is for local authorities to provide high quality supported housing for elderly and vulnerable residents. CMS is proud to have been involved in a project that will help Kirkcaldy’s senior citizens to live on their own terms while still receiving a superior quality of care.”
Speaking earlier this year, Sandy Riddell, director of health and social care for the local authority, said: “The new care home’s modern facilities and the additional supported housing on the same site will allow Fife Council and NHS staff to expand intermediate care opportunities and develop new models of care. “The new care home and extra care housing will deliver the physical means to give people a high standard of care and provide options so that we can respond to individual needs.”