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.

Glosford Shortlisted in Design Competition: NMITE – New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering

We are delighted to announce that Glosford have been shortlisted in a design competition that we entered, with the winner being awarded a contract to build the first new Education Centre For Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) in Hereford.

Showcasing timber as a construction material, this centre would host up to 200 students in 8 studios studying their MEng programme, degree apprenticeships and CPD short courses. The centre would house a large flexible industrial space including high tech timber manufacturing equipment and potential for applied research and testing.

Working as part of the design team including local Architects and Engineers, we are all excited to be involved in this government backed Educational scheme with SIPS and Glulam forming the main superstructure envelope.

Case Study: Glosford continues to supply Habitatwith SIPS buildings for their Luxury Lakeside Home developments in Dorset.

The Silverlake development of bespoke, sustainable homes in West Dorset is setting the standard for low-impact construction with Glosford SIPS and the Kingspan TEK Building System, ensuring excellent project efficiency with the versatile off-site solution.

Location: West Dorset
Product: Kingspan TEK Building System
Client: Habitat First Group

The Project

Silverlake is an exciting new development, constructed by Conservation Builders Ltd, which offers homes away from home amongst the beautiful heathlands, woodland and lakes of West Dorset. The residential community sits nestled within a carefully managed nature reserve, providing the ultimate retreat where people, ecology and innovative, award-winning architecture are brought together. The Habitat First Group development offers residents the chance to be involved from the early stages of the design process. Glosford supported this bespoke construction approach.

The Kingspan TEK Building System was chosen for the speed of build it allows, its excellent thermal performance and the off-site element which enabled reduction of the number of trades on site. Another key benefit of using TEK is that it allows flexibility of design necessary for a project like this as, although the units are a standard house type, almost every property sold has customer variations which we had to cater for – one house even has a eyrie added to the second floor which allows the client to walk through the bedroom into a sort of hide to birdwatch.

Mike Fleming – Director, Glosford Timber Solutions

The newbuild project is designed to be an exemplar of sustainable development from design to future operation, and the latest phase utilises 4000 m2 of the Kingspan TEK Building System for the walls and roofs of the new properties. Glosford selected the Kingspan TEK Building System as it allowed for predictable off-site construction and design flexibility, as well as providing exceptional out-of-the-box fabric performance.

The design of the buildings in the Silverlake development have lifetime energy efficiency in mind. In addition to their excellent thermal performance, the unique jointing system and OSB/3 facings also helped to minimise air-leakage from the properties. This supports the project’s vision for a sustainable community.

Case Study: Glosford supply to Habitat with SIPS buildings for their Luxury Lakeside Homes in the Cotswolds.

The Lower Mill Estate, a development of sustainable holiday homes in the Cotswolds, is offering holiday homemakers the best in bespoke, energy efficient properties with the help of Glosford SIPS and the Kingspan TEK Building System’s scope for individual design and off-site construction.

Location: The Cotswolds
Product: Kingspan TEK Building System
Client: Habitat First Group

The Project

Lower Mill Estate, constructed by Conservation Builders Ltd, is a community of beautiful holiday homes including award winning property designs, which has continued to produce exemplary models of sustainable construction with each new phase of development. The Habitat First Group’s vision was to create a residential nature reserve that would provide security and the freedom to escape the demands of urban life. The resulting development, immersed in the idyllic woodlands of the Cotswolds, offers residents tranquillity and relaxation through fully customisable, energy efficient properties. The use of Glosford’s structural insulated panels (SIPs) has enabled clients to enjoy a truly bespoke experience, where they can be involved in the very early stages of designing their property.

Knowing Kingspan TEK is an accredited product and is well manufactured is a huge benefit, as is the flexibility it offers whilst maintaining excellent insulation values. Dealing with client variations can be challenging, especially on a project of this scale. Almost all units were bespoke with complex designs incorporating integral balconies and roof terraces that had to be designed into the Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) frame, but through our experience with the Kingspan TEK Building System we were able to meet all of the resident’s requests.

Mike Fleming – Director, Glosford SIPS

The latest phase of the ongoing development makes use of Kingspan TEK panels for the walls and roofs of the new units. The Kingspan TEK Building System, which comprises a high-performance insulation core sandwiched between two layers of OSB/3, was selected as it allowed a high level of design flexibility and exceptional out-of-the-box fabric performance, as well as creating minimal site waste as kits are designed and cut off-site.

The outstanding thermal conductivity of the Kingspan TEK Building System’s insulated core and OSB/3 facings produces a highly energy efficient building envelope. This supports the development at Lower Mill Estate to satisfy sustainable construction standards and creates diverse properties with lifetime energy efficiency in mind.

Images: Habitat First Group

Glosford praised for latest School Project

A large School Extension successfully completed by Glosford applauded by our Clients,  Beard Construction (Swindon)

“Dear All,

I would like to thank you all for your efforts on Brockworth Primary Academy. Working together we have managed to complete a good quality project ahead of schedule, maintain profitability and achieve good safety performance with zero reportable incidents.

I look forward to working with you on future schemes “

New Hall and Nursery Building Well Underway

Marcham Centre – The communities new hall gets off to a flying start with Glosford SIPS!

Over the past few weeks, the shape of the new hall started to appear, the shuttering complete and concrete poured for the foundations. The new nursery walls and roof structure appeared quickly after concrete was poured there. It was not long before the walls and roof of the hall were up too.

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The new building was commissioned by Thomas Homes and are to provide facilities for the whole community.

Baptist Church Completed in Haywards Heath

“The new building has been designed to be more welcoming and to enable us to serve the local community better through its more efficient layout and up-to-date facilities. Both ground and first floor plans provide increased space for all existing activities, with flexibility to reflect the needs of a growing church. ” – HHBC

To view more images of this build, please click here. 

Works are now underway on a new Community Facility and Nursery for Thomas Homes in Marcham Oxfordshire with a combination of SIPS and Roof trusses.

Lakeview Village Hall

Lakeview Village Hall is a new community hall located on the edge of the Great Easthall estate on the outskirts of Sittingbourne.

The hall has a very modern design look and incorporates a large glass foyer at the entrance. The hall is large and filled with light from the light cannons built into the roof.

The design and build of the hall is to the very latest construction technology, the hall is accessible to people of all abilities. The construction materials are renewable with local materials and are designed to be environmentally friendly.  The roof has been constructed to incorporate a grass roof and to encourage wildlife.

The hall has attracted a lot of interest from organised clubs that will attract the Great Easthall community to use the hall. The hall will become the centre of the Great Easthall community.