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MFS have renewed our SMAS Worksafe Certificate
Oyster Reach Submitted for Kent Design Award
Award winning Canterbury based Architects the ‘Lee Evans Partnership’ enters Oyster Reach, Whitstable for the 2014 Housing Design Awards.
Built to ‘Passivhaus’ standards, Oyster Reach achieves AA’s on its SAP calcs, EPC’s of 94 and 95 and TER’s of £135 per year; all without compromise to the design and integrity of the development.
1st AA Energy Efficiency Rating in UK Achieved by MFS
Our development Oyster Reach at Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent, is proud to announce that it has achieved the UK’s first AA energy efficiency rating.
MFS celebrate 10 years of Thin Joint
Masonry Frame Systems celebrate their 10th year of trading this May, as the leading Thin Joint Aircrete Blockwork specialist contractor.
MFS was set up in 2004 by Norman Hinckes and Robert Pointer specifically to provide a complete service for the design and construction of an airtight, weatherproof masonry shell of a home. Norman was convinced of the potential for the Masonry Frame from the outset and has built the business around offering this service throughout the south east of England.
“The key benefits,” says Norman, “are speed and quality of build. We know that a weatherproof envelope for the average 2-3 bed semi-detached home can be built in ten days, with the facing brickwork or exterior cladding completely taken off the critical path. On top of this, the thermal insulation properties of aircrete are excellent, so the system can achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes and move towards zero carbon”
MFS Receive Testimonial Letter with Huge Praise From Client
Having completed the new build for the client, including the complete structural shell, face brickwork and cut and pitch roof; as well as beam and block floors.
MFS then received a testimonial letter from the client.
Highest Sound Test Results
Plots 29 – 36, Chantry Hall site, Foxbury Lane, Westbourne, Emsworth West Sussex
The above 8 units are Affordable Homes constructed for Downland Housing Association, completed by Telegraph Construction in Jan 2009.
The following is a statement by Mr Doug Harris, Research Manager, H+H Celcon Uk Ltd, based at Borough Green, Kent, tel 01732 880588
“Masonry Frame Systems have built an innovative separating wall construction at a Telegraph Construction site at Westbourne, West Sussex. It comprised of a Celcon thin joint untied separating wall with a 75mm cavity filled with Isover acoustic insulation, finished with plasterboard on dabs. No render/parge coat on the wall surface was considered necessary with this design. This was aimed at meeting a minimum acoustic performance of 50dB DnTw + Ctr, 5dB above that required by the building regulations, to attract 3 credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH).
Airborne sound tests undertaken on the properties resulted in performance value of 55-57dB, which in fact is even better than the highest possible credits achievable under the CfSH of 4 credits, where a minimum value of 53dB is required.
These are the highest sound reduction test results we have ever achieved, so the combination of sound materials, innovative design and good workmanship will certainly benefit the occupiers of these homes.” Doug Harris Research Manager H + H UK Ltd 15th Jan 2009
MFS celebrate 5 years of Thin Joint
Masonry Frame Systems celebrate their 5th year of trading this May, as the leading Thin Joint Aircrete Blockwork specialist contractor.
MFS was set up in 2004 by Norman Hinckes and Robert Pointer specifically to provide a complete service for the design and construction of an airtight, weatherproof masonry shell of a home.
Excellent sound test results at Hillreed Homes Site
MFS proud to be a Celcon Ra House Contractor
We have recently signed a Partnering Agreement with H+H Celcon and are very proud to announce that we are now a Recommended Contractor for Celcon’s Ra House system, involving thin joint blockwork and engineered timber flooring systems.
For more information on Rå House please visit Celcon’s web site at www.hhcelcon.co.uk
The picture captures the formal signing ceremony which took place at Celcon’s Headquarters in January 2006 at Borough Green in Kent.
Picture details: Front seated left to right, Norman Hinckes Director Masonry Frame Systems, Stuart Brittle Managing Director H+H Celcon Ltd Rear standing left to right, Rob Pointer Director Masonry Frame Systems, Graham Keenor Rå House Development Manager H+H Celcon Ltd
Exceptional Sound Insulation Testing Achieved
Following the completion of the show units at Hambledon Court, Maidstone, Kent for Crest Nicholson South East Limited an independent sound test was carried out on the separating walls. The developer Crest Nicholson engaged Analytical + Environmental Services to do the testing on site on the 6th April 2005.
The picture shows the party wall construction of 2 skins of 100mm Celcon Standard blocks laid with a Thin Joint using Celfix – thin layer mortar. The results recorded were exceptional as an average sound insulation of 55dB D nT,w + C tr was achieved which easily exceeded the requirements of the current building regulation where a minimum pass performance of 45dB is required. (These test results were also better than that necessary to achieve approval as a robust detail)
British Precast Innovator Awards
In August 2005, MFS and H+H Celcon jointly entered the Precast Innovator Awards.
Our entry was based upon our system build utilizing Celcon’s thin joint system in conjunction with integrated engineered floors and roof systems, leading to a ‘frame’ approach to construction.
We are pleased to advise that we were commended for our innovative system, and attached is a copy of our award.