Changes to government funding structures for social housing allow Councils, for the first time in nearly thirty years, to build directly owned houses for rent. Capitalising on these changes, Ashford Council embarked on a programme of building that is likely to see some 20 units per year added to the council owned portfolio using private sector finance to fund the development.

Principle Contractor: ISG Jackson, Jackson House, 86 Sandyhill Lane, Ipswich, suffolk, IP3 ONA 
Specialist contractor: Masonry Frame Systems, Middlefield Lodge, Olantigh Road, Wye, Kent, TN25 5EP 
Client: Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL
Project: 44 brand new council houses.  The development comprises a range of dwellings including bungalows, semi detached and attached houses.  In addition there are some apartments and a care unit for elderly residents
Build Method: Rå Build Thin-Jointed cavity wall using Celcon Jumbo Bloks for both interior and exterior leaf with a render finish for the facade
Value: £750k for all masonry Rå Build work
Location: 11 sites around Ashford, Kent
Type of contract: Design and Build
Rå Build contractor: Masonry Frame Systems carried out all the structural envelope including: internal and external blockwork leaves; intermediate and PCC separating floors and trussed roof construction.