Gerard's Corona profile achieves a look which is very much a Waikato home, but on a large scale, and in keeping with the surrounding area.
The 80-bed home is owned and managed by national provider Radius Care, and located within the Glaisdale subdivision — giving it the name of ‘Radius Glaisdale’. It provides a comfortable residence for seniors, and comprehensive general and specialist care on site.
Desire to create a home, not a hospital
The project’s lead developer Ian Patton is the founder and former owner of Jennian Homes, so is synonymous with progress in both the Waikato and around New Zealand. Quoted in the Waikato Business News in 2017, Patton describes how a visit to an existing Radius facility informed his vision: “I was so taken, it changed our whole attitude about what we were doing. It wasn’t a clinical place, it was a homely place and that’s what we tried to create.”
Gerard’s aesthetic chosen over long run
As the Gerard Certified Roofer (GCR) managing the installation, Hamilton-based Lee Roofing was confident in Gerard’s aesthetic fit, and was even able to influence the developer’s decision. Representative Mitchell Lee explains: “It came down to trust between us and the developer. Ian came in for a meeting with a couple of assistants and initially had another look in mind. We were adamant that tile was the best aesthetic. He agreed and trusted us as we have had a good relationship over time, and he’s thrilled with the result.”
The consensus was that the look of tile enabled the facility to blend in seamlessly within the suburb: “A corrugated look might have been ok, but if it was something like a standing seam profile it would have stuck out like a sore thumb. They’ve managed to achieve a look which is very much a Waikato home, but on a really large scale and keeping with the surrounding area. I mean it’s obviously really big so in that sense it’s noticeable, but it’s also harmonious”.
Corona versatility gels with design
Lee goes on to explain how Gerard’s Corona profile came to be chosen for the 22.5°, gable-centric design: “There are some features that we thought Corona would really bring out and gel with. There’s a mix of cladding and colours throughout the complex so we needed something versatile. We thought Corona in Charcoal and a textured finish gave a more premium feel and it’s in step with the newer surrounding homes in the area.”
Eight different profiles offer design flexibility
While acknowledging Corona as a “go-to” profile in Gerard’s range, Lee encourages architects and specifiers to consider Gerard’s entire range: “Corona’s popular. In my opinion it always adds a modern touch and fits pretty much any design, but I think the same result can be achieved with the likes of Rockport or Senator.”