Glosford Customer Coronavirus Response Update 15/06/20

To All Customers

Thank you for your support since we recommenced Manufacturing and Deliveries at the end of April 2020.

We have adopted new working practices and procedures to assist us to implement the latest Government Physical Distancing and Hygiene advice which has allowed us to continue to gradually increase the numbers of our Manufacturing Team who are back at work.

We have now moved from having a skeleton level of staff to a reduced level of staff.

We are aiming to still achieve our usual high Service Levels however we would ask all of our customers to try to give us your updated delivery dates as soon as you have them for existing orders/call offs so we can re-schedule accordingly and to give us as much notice as you can for new orders.

Our Current Lead Times are updated weekly on our website and our Sales, Administration and Design Teams can be contacted on their usual telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Kind Regards

Stephen Thompstone CEO

New self-build low carbon home in Herefordshire.

The clients brief was to design and realise a home that would fulfil their needs without ever moving from their Herefordshire Village where they have formed strong connections. The site is within a Conservation Area and adjacent a Grade II Listed thatched cottage. The proposed design has a low roof and partly concealed by being sunken into the landscape which mitigates its visual impact upon the heritage asset and wider Conservation Area. Whilst the front elevation has a down played traditional design the rear features a glazed gable and a double height entrance hall and cantilevered reading gallery.

The clients brief for a highly energy efficient self-build low carbon home was at the forefront of the design. The building is fabricated from 172mm SIP panels supplied by Glosford Timber Solutions . SIPS or structural insulated panels are a highly efficient form of construction. The panels are manufactured locally by Kingspan Insulation in Pembridge, Herefordshire and cut to accurate tolerances by a CNC machine in Glosfords workshop. This is a highly efficient process that produces little waste and yields the high thermal efficiency and airtightness essential for a low carbon home.

Although large elements of south facing glazing were precluded by the planning restrictions, large south facing rooflights will flood light and provide solar gain to the double height space coupled with an array of photovoltaic panels providing electricity. Additionally the house also incorporates an air source heat pump and a rainwater harvesting system reducing demand on external resources. The external envelope is clad in locally sourced oak weather boards and a natural slate roof befitting its context. 

Copy by Koda Architects of Hereford

Glosford awarded second site with Surrey Developer, Hawksmoor Homes

Following the successful completion of our first site of 5 units, we are now due to commence on a brand new site of 9 Houses.

The owners of Hawksmoor Homes completed the first site of 5 houses from start on site to full occupation in just 11 months. They were particularly impressed with the speed of the Glosford SIP builds and have concluded that as a result, the TEK System build was cost neutral and will be their preferred superstructure for future sites.

Glosford to enter 2020 Build it awards for Best SIPS home

Located in the picturesque area of Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, new build ‘Vespers’ has been described as “one of the finest [properties] … to come to market in recent years” and has been constructed using the innovative SIPS panel method. We will be working jointly with RRA Architects to present this project as an entry for the 2020 Build It Awards.

With a small site and very restricted access, RRA Architects were presented with some challenges in developing the scheme to replace an old, run-down bungalow with a contemporary new build.

Working with the developer SAID Properties, they investigated Glosford’s Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Whilst this is not a new technology, it is still not commonly used by most developers despite the many advantages. Along with speeding up construction SIPS panels offer increased insulation, energy efficiency and are impressively air-tight. In fact, the panels are so airtight, to control the airflow a mechanical ventilation heat recovery unit was installed. This uses the heat from the expelled air to warm the incoming clean air, thus reducing heat loss, allowing the property to remain airtight, but still ventilated.

The speed of build is impressive, from damp proof course to completion of the SIPS construction took a mere 23 days.

This stunning house features high-performance, crittall windows, five bedrooms and several double-height spaces which add to the exquisite ambience of space and light. The burnt larch cladding gives a contemporary look to the first floor, whilst, in contrast, brick slip cladding has been used on the ground floor in keeping with the surrounding buildings.