Townley House, Ramsgate

MFS were appointed in early 2021 to work on a new-build project in Chatham Street, Ramsgate. Situated at the rear of the Townley House renovation, a prominent Grade II Listed building designed by Mary Townley, one of the UK’s 1st female architects, and built c.1792 in an early regency style. MFS are delivering the structural envelope of nine sympathetically designed mews houses and four flats over three blocks of 3&4 storeys, utilising the MFS i-Form Solution® as part of the overall development.

Green Housing


Construction at a glance:

Location: Ramsgate, Kent
Client: Core-PI Ltd Property Developers and Ramsgate based architects, del Renzio & del Renzio
Build TypeResidential Medium-High Rise
No of Units: 9 houses & 4 flats over 3 blocks of 3&4 storeys
Status: 2021 Project
Build Duration: Estimated 20 weeks on site
System: MFS i-Form Solution®

Construction Platforms:

  • Xella Ytong large thin joint blocks
  • Loose Steel Work
  • Timber i-Joists
  • PreCast Concrete Stairs & Hollowcore floor planks

Project Details

We’re very excited to be bringing our MFS i-Form Solution® to a project of this architectural and historical importance. Designed by Mary Townley around 1792 as the family home for the Townleys and their eight children, it was surrounded by extensive grounds containing pleasure gardens, graperies, an ice house and a well. The Townleys were a highly influential couple and held balls and social gatherings attended by the gentry and nobility of the era, including a visit from the Duchess of Kent and a young Princess Victoria in the 1820s.

Using our experience and expertise in intelligent value engineering, we have developed innovative, cost effective solutions that meet the growing environmental demands of today’s housing industry and offer best value in the long term. The combination of ‘platforms’ includes Xella Ytong thin joint blocks, PCC Hollowcore floors & staircases and other standardised construction components, that are precision engineered in factory conditions offsite.

Norman Hinckes MD of Masonry Frame Systems

‘We are delighted to confirm our appointment on the Townley House project. This marks a milestone as one of the 1st formal appointments since the registration and launch of the MFS i-Form Solution® in 2020. As we emerge from the covid restrictions, we see enormous potential in the i-Form Solution® as the take up of MMC and PDfMA continues to gain traction. Whilst relevant for most medium to high rise construction, at 5 storeys and above, we believe our system is in a class of its own’

Construction Achievements:

0 weeks
On Site
Reduction in Labour
Zero Waste to Landfill
Estimated Saving

Key Performance Indicators


  • 26 weeks in planning and design

  • 12 weeks in Dfma

  • 20 weeks on site


  • Phased payment plan

  • 80% less labour required

  • No internal scaffolding

  • Zero Waste to Landfill

  • Estimated to save 20% on overall build spend


  • Fire resistant: Excellent 4hrs+

  • Acoustic: Excellent

  • Thermal Mass: Good

  • Green Credentials: A rated


  • Fully BIM compliant

  • Design Warranty

  • Part E & Part L Building regs

The Role of MFS

With a combination of construction ‘platforms’ including the large Xella Ytong thin joint blocks, PCC floors, stairs and other components, together with their in-house structural engineering team, MFS are proud to bring their own PDfMA approach (trademarked as the i-Form Solution®) to market and see massive benefits for the ‘medium to high’ rise residential sector.

MFS Design Innovations

Nine houses and four flats over three blocks of 3&4 storeys, using the MFS i-Form Solution® – a platform approach to MMC. Utilising the primary platform of Xella Ytong thin joint blocks.

Client Testimonial

“The Townley House project is a sensitive redevelopment of a very important part of Ramsgate’s fascinating social and architectural history. As born and bred locals, based in Ramsgate, it’s an extremely prestigious project to be working on and we’re excited to be part of it alongside Masonry Frame Systems.”

Ivan del Renzio, founding partner, del Renzio & del Renzio

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