MFS commenced design and build works for Wye Manage Ltd, constructing 5 luxury sea facing apartments over 3 storeys in Whitstable, Kent; surpassing Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and achieving Passivhaus standards.
The external walls are constructed with both leaves consisting of 100mm Aircrete blockwork, a 150mm fully insulated cavity, Sto render to the external and wet plaster internally.
Works here took 12 months to be complete with a contract value of £1.1million of which the aircrete work was approx. £150k.
Construction at a glance:
Location: Tankerton, Whitstable
Client: Wye Manage Ltd, Lee Evans Partnership, Giarti
Build Type: Residential Medium-High Rise
No of Units: Five, 3-storey Passivhaus homes
Status: Completed Project.
Build Duration: 12 weeks on site, for the Structural Envelope.
MFS System: H+H Celcon Thin Joint Blockwork
Additional build requirements:
- Structural steel work
- Precast concrete floor planks
- Precast concrete stairs
- Cut & pitch roofs
- Rendered exterior
The apartments have all achieved double A ratings on our SAP calcs, with EPC’s of 94 and 95; considered to be a 1st in the UK for a commercial development with ‘u’ values c.015 and outstanding air test results below 1.
The total build time was circa 12 months.
In September 2014 Award winning Canterbury based Architects the ‘Lee Evans Partnership’ entered 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. A flagship development for the future of housing. Click here to download the awards entry.
6 weeks in Dfma
12 weeks on site, for the Structural Envelope
5 Weeks less time on site than a traditional build
Significant reduction in overall build spend and 8% cheaper than timber frame
33% less labour required
50% savings in renewable technologies
15% less waste on site
Reduction in defects and higher build accuracy
Occupation 5 weeks earlier than traditional builds
H+H aircrete products use up to 80% recycled material
Thin Joint Mortar: Sets within 2 hours vs traditional 24
Fire resistant: Excellent 4hrs+
Green Credentials: A rated
EPC’s of 94 and 95; considered to be a 1st in the UK for a commercial development with ‘u’ values c.015 and outstanding air test results below 1
Design Warranty for MFS design & builds
Achieves the code for sustainable homes
Thin Joint adopted by HA’s to meet Code Level 3 & 4
Superior thermal performance meets the standards set for CfSH
Environmentally sound to ‘A’ rating according to the Green Guide Housing
Part E & Part L Building regs
Advanced and environmentally friendly manufacturing process
Built to Passivhaus standards
MFS were involved from the design and planning stage to the delivery of the complete structural envelope for these luxury sea facing apartments. Our Design Warranty was supplied.
EPC’s of 94 and 95; considered to be a 1st in the UK for a commercial development with ‘u’ values c.015 and outstanding air test results below 1.
“It’s always nice to see H+H products and solutions being used with sustainability at the forefront. Oyster Reach is a beautiful development and is unique in its approach to the environment. The Thin-Joint System is easy to use and promotes the use of larger blocks, such as Jumbo Blocks, with 2mm joints rather than the traditional 10mm joint. This enables a building to be built faster whilst reducing cost and waste on site.”
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