Northfields, Colchester, is a new sustainable neighbourhood designed by Terence O’Rourke to provide new homes, an attractive open park and school with useful transport links for the local community. Linden Homes is building a housing development within this 6.9 hectare site to construct 367 dwellings aimed at first time buyers.

The 266 houses in the second phase are being constructed using the Rå Build method of aircrete construction with H+H blockwork and Celfix thin joint mortar. This is the 2000th Rå Build job for H+H. The sustainable homes will be offered for private sale, some under the Government’s NewBuy scheme, with an additional allocation for social housing.  The development will have rainwater harvesting (water butts), passive solar, photovoltaics, cycle storage and waste recycling.

Properties available include ‘The Ardleigh’ a two bedroom-terraced house, ‘The Farnham’ a three bedroom-terraced house and ‘The Jay’ a three storey, four bedroom terraced house.

Main Contractor: Galliford Try Partnerships Limited, Hodgson House, 50 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2XB.
Specialist Aircrete contractor: Hart Construction, Unit 1A, Grange Farm, Grange Rd, Colchester, CO5 0QQ.
Client: Homes and apartments for private sale with some social housing.
Project: New sustainable neighbourhood designed by Terence O’Rourke. Within this 6.9 hectare site to construct 430 dwellings aimed at first time buyers will provide new homes, an attractive open park and school with useful transport links for the local community.
Build method: Rå Build method of aircrete construction with H+H blockwork and Celfix thin joint mortar.
Value: The aircrete value is £312,000.
Location: Linden Homes, Northfields, Turner Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO4 BJL.
Type of contract: Design & Build
Architects: Terence O’Rourke Ltd, 3 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7HA.
Executive summary: Linden Homes, Northfields is H+H’s 2000th Rå Build. This unique method creates the ground floors, exterior walls, upper floors and partitions as a labour – inclusive package.