Posi-Joists™ from Pasquill bring victorian mansion into 21st century

Pasquill, a large supplier of trussed rafters in the UK, has provided Posi-JoistsTM for a Victorian mansion in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. The prestigious 600m2 property, set in almost half an acre of grounds, has undergone partial demolition and a substantial extension by Tame Construction on behalf of architects, Janes Architectural.

When completed, the house will feature six bedrooms, a tennis court, a pavilion with a gym and bar area, a wine cellar capable of accommodating over 1500 bottles, an orangery off the kitchen, a utility room, a media room, a library/study, a drawing room and a guest suite with independent kitchen, dressing area and en suite bathroom.

Pasquill has supplied over 300 Posi-JoistsTM, which were specified by the architects in lieu of traditional timber joists. Posi-joistsTM are metal web joists used in a broad variety of applications, from domestic housing through to commercial property developments and public sector buildings. They are dimensionally stable, allowing designers particular freedom for internal room layouts, thanks to their ability to cover large spans. Their open web design means easy installation of and access to services, and their combination of timber and steel web makes them lightweight but strong.

Available in a range of depths, Posi-joistsTM eliminate the need for additional drilling and cutting, and offer wide flanges for the easy fixing of flooring and plasterboard.

Michael Hallasey, Manager of Tame Construction said:

“Pasquill’s design team has been excellent. The team’s technical input has enabled us to meet the twin challenges of having to avoid cold bridging and ensuring enhanced air tightness where the property’s old, original walls meet new ones.

“The Posi-joistsTM have been lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the site, and we would definitely use them again. The fact that we can pass cabling and pipework through the open web section really helps to speed things up on site.”