Fusion branches out for topping out ceremony

Photo caption: L-R: Dave Allen (Area Manager at Homes and Communities Agency), Nathan Brough (Regional Director at Keepmoat), Shirley Davies (Executive Director Housing Management at Northampton Partnership Homes), Steven Alder (Manufacturing Operations Manager at Fusion), and Tony Tench (Chief Operating Officer at Housing and Care 21).

After recently completing its works on a £15million older people’s housing scheme in Northampton, light gauge steel company Fusion Building Systems was invited to design and build a steel tree for the development’s topping out ceremony.

To mark the highest point of the structural build being reached for the Foxfields extra care scheme in Upton, community regeneration specialist Keepmoat and national housing provider Housing & Care 21 celebrated by hosting a traditional topping out ceremony for partners which saw the bespoke steel tree from Northampton-based Fusion, placed on the roof.

The tree was designed specifically for the ceremony to reflect the building’s steel frame construction – a method which is growing in popularity across residential and commercial developments, particularly due to the practicalities it offers through offsite manufacturing.

Foxfields, being developed by Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 will feature 77 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 55s, as well as 32 flats for sale, and 11 commercial units for rent to local businesses. Fusion completed its works for the project on budget and on time, in just 19 weeks.

Nathan Brough, Regional Director for Keepmoat, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Housing & Care 21 on this exciting project, which will provide much-needed high quality housing for Northampton’s older generation.

“We are delighted to be able to celebrate this major milestone with all of our partners, with special thanks going to Fusion for creating the steel tree. Foxfields is a significant scheme for us and is the latest high quality older people’s development to have been created as a result of our long term partnership with Housing & Care 21.”

Dave Allen, Area Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Keepmoat and Housing & Care 21 on this project. Keepmoat has taken great care to ensure compliance with the high standards of the Upton Design Code.”

Robert Clark, business development manager, Fusion, concluded: “We pride ourselves on producing bespoke, hand made steel structures and while our brief is usually associated with walls, floors and ceilings, turning our hand to different kind of horticulture was something we thoroughly enjoyed.

“And from a project perspective, our work at Upton went superbly well and the positive spirit between our respective site teams was a testament to the success of the build.”

The steel tree will be ‘planted’ within the external communal area of the development when completed in May 2017.

For further information visit www.keepmoat.com