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Swift move into residential sector

marnewswiftBirmingham’s Spring Caravan and Camping Show will see The Swift Group launch its first holiday home built to the full residential specification – BS3632. That model will be the Champagne Lodge, an upgrade to the company’s top-of-the-range holiday home.  

The new Champagne Lodge offers those who want to downsize the chance to buy into real luxury living from only £62,495 (excluding transporting, commissioning and siting). As well as being able to live in it all year round (subject to the park licence being for residential occupation as opposed to 12-month holiday use), the full residential specification also has the advantage of being zero per cent VAT rated on the construction element, which could save thousands of pounds when the five per cent VAT rate comes into force on 1 April 2013.   

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Nick Page, Swift’s commercial director commented that many residential park homes now cost almost as much as a conventional bricks and mortar home and with a deflated housing market are too expensive for many people to make a move to the sort of low maintenance easy lifestyle that living in a modern residential park home can provide. ‘As most people looking for this sort of home are either a couple or single, the Champagne Lodge provides stylish living and all the space and features many people require,’ he added. The upgrade to residential specification delivers an increase in the standard of insulation to 60mm Superglass 32 paper faced glasswool, and roof insulation to 100mm Superglass 32 cladding, a larger Beko Fridge Freezer and a condensing type gas boiler. The home is built on a more substantial Bankside twin axle beam chassis.

This upgrade gives the advantage of better thermal insulation to help reduce running costs and better sound insulation too. Standard features on the Champagne Lodge include exterior walls clad with CanExcel boarding in a choice of three colours, ‘Thermaglas’ double glazing, ‘Aspect’ sliding doors, ‘Driftwood’ woodgrain, combined with the latest designer fabrics, ultra-low energy LED lighting throughout, domestic type gas central heating and a five-burner hob with central Wok burner. The Champagne Lodge will be on Stand No.4350 at the NEC. Swift is promising new residential specification launches later in the year.