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.

8 Pristine new units soon to be ready for occupiers

Published on Monday 27 July 2020

Our project to design and build 8 new units next door to our head office is coming close to final completion and should be achieved within the next month.

Units 1-4 have been completed apart from some minor finishing off items and have been signed off by Building Control. Units 5-8 are currently at the plastering stage with all the office and WC partitioning completed.

All units are already under offer for letting.

Excellent progress at Unit 6

Published on Tuesday 21 July 2020

Superstructure walls are progressing well over at our site in St Ives as we are preparing to carry out the final scaffolding lift which will allow us to complete this section of works. The roof coverings are scheduled to commence w/c Thursday 23rd July and will be complete on Monday 27th July with the external cladding works to commence once the roof coverings are complete. We are on track for the first fix trades to start early August for the first floor fit out works.

All foul and storm drains are installed which only leaves the car parking and footpaths left to complete once the scaffolding is dropped. Every one working on this project has done well in keeping going during these uncertain times and their hard work is appreciated.

Design and Build of 14 flats close to completion

Published on Tuesday 14 July 2020

As we are approaching the handover of the project the external works are rapidly nearing completion. The block paving is being laid to the amenity and car parking areas, with the railing installations due to follow on immediately afterwards. The cycle store has been constructed and concreted in place ready for the block paving to be neatly finished around. Over the next week the external hard standing will be completed and we will add the finishing touches ready for final completion.

Internally the flats are ready for hand over with the final flats having their carpets fitted ready for the final clean out. All of the trades that have worked in these flats have done a fantastic job to the high standard that our client expects.

27 Dwellings in Elm on track to meet Golden Brick

Published on Friday 10 July 2020

After an extremely busy 4 weeks on site we are pleased to announce that we are on course to meet our client’s Golden Brick deadline of July 31st, despite all the challenges we have faced.

27 plots would have had the ground beams formed and poured, masonry footings built, drainage installed under the floors and block and beam installed with 75mm concrete screed all within 7 weeks. This is a monumental effort from everyone on site and we are now looking forward to installing the sewers and roads ahead of the timber frame erection in September.