Crest Nicholson needed a fast build method to erect the three show homes and the first phase of the Silk Meadows development quickly and efficiently. H+H’s Rå Build method of thin joint aircrete construction provided the housebuilder with the ideal solution.

To help speed construction still further, retro-fit joist hangers were used to support the timber joists for the intermediate floors, this method eliminates block cutting at joist level, further increasing build speed and helping to improve airtightness performance.  This, in turn, enables the contractor to order the staircases in advance of the floor’s construction, rather than having to wait until the floor has been installed before taking measurements.

The Rå Build method enabled Crest Nicholson to complete construction of the show homes, which included a three-storey house in just 12 weeks.

Principle Contractor: Crest Nicholson South West Region
Client: Crest Nicholson
Project: 11 homes forming the first phase of the 67-home Silk Meadows development of two, three and four bedroom private homes in Silk Mills Lane and 2 additional homes that will form the final phase of the scheme
Build method: Rå Build, thin joint cavity wall with an aircrete inner leaf and brickwork external masonry outer skin; beam and block suspended ground floor; timber intermediate floor(s) suspended on retrofitted joist hangers; the dwellings sit beneath a concrete tiled roof supported on timber trusses.
Location: Silk Meadows, Silk Mills Lane, Staplegrove, Taunton, Somerset TA2 5AA
Type of contract: Design & Build
Aircrete thin joint contractor: Cropper & Naum
Build time: Construction of the first three homes was completed in precisely 12 weeks. This was followed by a one week fit-out so that the development was ready to be launched 13 weeks after construction commenced.