Tracing its roots back to the Domesday Book, the leafy suburb of Edgbaston has long formed a meeting place between the traditional and modern, the urban and rural. These monologues provided Nicol Thomas Architects with the inspiration for the design of a new retirement village, absorbing and reinventing the local vernacular with a carefully chosen palette of colours and textures, including ROCKPANEL® Woods. Galliford Try completed all 240 apartments to a standard which exceeded the desires and aspirations of tenants. “The arrangement of the frontage ‘villa’ blocks, their materials and urban grain all respect the local heritage and aim to preserve the ‘Hagley Road Spirit’,” architects Nicol Thomas explained. ROCKPANEL Woods crown the walls of the modern facilities hub. Their non-repeating grain finish brings the building into harmony with the diversity of shapes and colours found in the trees which surround the site, whilst the carbon oak colour option affords the building an understated, modern twist. “Having worked with ROCKPANEL boards on previous projects, we knew they would provide the flexibility and visual impact we needed,” Nicol Thomas added.