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Superstructures fly up on site of 27 Dwellings

Published on Wednesday 25 November 2020

Its been 8 weeks since the first timber frame plots were delivered to site and in that short time we have been able to fully erect 14 plots from ground floor level to roof level, including the installation of all fascia and eaves details ready for the roof coverings to be installed.

Once roof coverings are installed the windows and doors are fitted to make the building fully watertight. This then allows internal trades to start work in the plots safely with no risk of damage from weather. One big advantage when using timber frame is being able to work inside the plots whilst the masonry external skin is being constructed. This can be seen on plots 1-3 which are currently having their scaffolding struck just 7 weeks after it was erected and the plots are already being plastered ready for decoration and second fix trades.

The timber frame to the remaining 13 plots is starting next week and we aim to have all the timber frame plots up and water tight by February 2021.

24 New Dwellings at Waltham On The Wolds

Published on Thursday 12 November 2020

Groundworks are motoring away in Waltham on the Wolds on our project to design and deliver these 24 units for Platform Housing. The majority of the road and drainage have been installed and base coursed with the plots being simultaneously excavated and concreted as depicted here perfectly on plots 18 and 19. Following on from this will be the installation of the thermal block and beam flooring systems ready for superstructures to start. These dwellings have been sympathetically designed to suit the existing arrangement on the High Street. Matching in the details will provide an array of stone built dwellings with the use of blue brick cills and quoins elsewhere.

Plastering works have started on 16 new dwellings

Published on Wednesday 11 November 2020

Works are progressing well on our site in Wicken. Plots 1-6 are awaiting the windows to be fitted whilst plots 11, 12, 15 and 16 are being plastered. Plots 13 and 14 are the most advanced as the walls have been mist coated, the kitchens have been installed and the skirting, architrave and internal doors are all fitted. The second fix mechanical and electrical is on going to these plots with a view to be completed within the next couple of weeks. Externally our ground workers are finalising the on site drainage and preparing to start the hard landscaping works to the rear of the advanced plots. Off site the management team are working tirelessly to get the sectional agreements in place so we can begin the off site works to the highways to the adjacent road

Platform Lift Installation

Published on Friday 23 October 2020

We are approaching the end of our contract to design and build a new commercial unit in St Ives for a private client. This project was heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic however we have successfully managed to maintain a good continuity of works to ensure that the impact of covid-19 has been mitigated as much as possible.

All second fix works are now complete following the successful installation of the platform lift which will provide disabled access to the first floor office. The decoration works are nearing completion and the floor covering installations have began with the vinyl coverings to the kitchens and toilets on going.

Externally all hard landscaping is complete and includes 6 new car parking bays to service the units, a motorcycle parking area, paved footpaths to connect the new units to the existing walkway and a bin store area for the proposed ground floor food outlet. 1.8m high close board fencing has also been installed to the bin store areas to ensure the waste is not visible from the near by main road and will help to keep the external elements looking clean and tidy.

The ground floor unit was handed over to the occupiers on 12th October and their internal fit out works are progressing well and will hopefully be completed at the same time as our works.

The project is scheduled to hand over on Friday 30th October.

Ariel view of 27 New dwellings

Published on Friday 16 October 2020

Our latest update from Elm in Wisbech where we are contracted to design and build 27 new dwellings for Cross Keys Homes showcases the first set of superstructures being erected. The fabric of the buildings are timber frame and we have opted to use a contractor based in the West Midlands following a visit to their factory.

The site is due to be handed over to the client in September 2021. See below a link of a incredible aerial video one of the residents in the area has taken.

Estate road being formed on site of 27 affordable houses

Published on Friday 11 September 2020

Over the last 6 weeks the adoptable sewers have been laid and private estate road constructed on our site to design and build 27 houses in Elm. Some of the sewers are up to 375mm in diameter and have now all been connected to the private lateral drains. The road has now been excavated to formation level and the sub-base is being laid ready to receive the mains incoming services later this month.

Once the tarmac is laid the site will be ready to receive their first delivery of timber frames which will commence the highly anticipated superstructure element of the project.  

Burmor attend timber frame factory tour ahead of the installation of 27 units for Cross Keys Homes

Published on Wednesday 26 August 2020

On Friday 21st August representatives from Burmor Construction visited the factory where the timber frame panels are being manufactured for our site of 27 houses in Elm. LoCal homes boast their low carbon message before, during and after their manufacturing process and Burmor are delighted to be able to use their timber frame system for this project.

The panels for the site are being manufactured with 100% of the waste product from the panels being recycled. They will be delivered using a ‘just in time’ ethos to allow an efficient and effective installation process, along with the timber upper floors and roof structures.

The first delivery of timber framed panels is just 4 weeks away as the main road and footpath on the site is being constructed before the winter weather sets in.

Eclectic mix of trades keeps things moving on site at Wicken

Published on Monday 17 August 2020

A mixture of works happening on site at Wicken this week with some plots having scaffolding struck, some having roof coverings installed, some having brickwork laid and some having screed installed!   The first pair of plots have had the scaffolding struck as the bungalows are unveiled to showcase the neat brickwork detailing behind, the farrow and ball breakfast green fascias and soffits, and artificial slate roof coverings. The liquid screed has also been installed to these plots, complete with underfloor heating, which will allow the first fix works to commence next week.

The roof coverings are also progressing well with almost 50% of the plots covered in. The next step to get these plots water tight is to get the windows installed so we can get the plumbing and electrical installations completed ready for plastering in early September!

Ropsley Village Hall gets closer to completion

Published on Monday 10 August 2020

As the final phase of our project to design and build the new Ropsley Village Hall continues, the internal works are progressing with the doors and kitchens being fitted ready to receive the new vinyl floor coverings. All internal surfaces have been decorated including a feature wall in each room as requested by the client.

Externally, the foul water sewer connection is now complete and the last drainage is being installed on site. The hard landscaping is underway with the slabs being laid to form an access path around the building.
 

As we enter the last six weeks of the programme we are still due to finish on time and within the clients budget.

Metal purlin roof coverings now complete

Published on Thursday 6 August 2020

Works are continuing internally at Unit 6, St Ives with the finishing of the substructure to the lift pit ready for the internal walls to be constructed and the floor insulation and screed to be laid. We will be starting the first fix fit out works to the first floor area next week with the erection of the mf stud walls, first fix plumbing and electrical installations plus first fix air conditioning.

The roof coverings are now complete and comprise of a metal purlin structure with a insulated composite cladding panel above. The roof is finished with a rubberoid single ply membrane which is flashed up and on to the parapet walls and will be finished with prefinished aluminium cappings.

The service connections are geared up ready for installation this month with the gas being installed first and the electric installation to follow. The electric supply has a long way to travel as we needed to install 200m of ducting to meet UKPN specifications from one end of the site to the other.