Stondonfield is a contractor led social housing scheme whereby Collins and Beckett found the site and put together a complete package for the end client. It took a couple of years to get the project through planning due to objections by the local parish council that the land was outside allowed development areas. Permission was finally granted due to the existence of a local housing shortage.

Being a social housing scheme, all the homes had to be built to level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This meant thermal and air tightness qualities of the build method would have to be excellent. Robustness was another important consideration as was acoustic performance and speed of build.

Stondonfield was originally specified to use a 140mm timber frame wall system. However, bearing in mind the construction requirements, Collins and Beckett switched to the Rå Build method of thin-joint aircrete construction whilst still continuing with the original 140mm thickness of wall construction due to aircrete’s diverse application and insulation properties.

Principle Contractor: Collins and Beckett, Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4BP. Collins and Beckett is a family run Chartered Building Company.
Client: Circle Housing Group, Circle House, 1-3 Highbury, Station Road, London, N1 1SE
Project: 8 brand new social homes for rent through Braintree District Council. The development comprises 1 x 2 bedroom bungalow, 3 x 2 bedroom houses, 2 x 3 bedroom houses and 2 x 1 bedroom flats.  
Build Method: Rå Build, Thin-Jointed solid external wall aircrete masonry shell with Celcon Foundation Blocks and externally clad with either through coloured acrylic render or linseed impregnated timber cladding.
Value: £55,000 for all masonry Rå Build work and some traditional brickwork. The overall development costs total approximately £980,000.
Location: Stondonfield, Braintree Road, Shalford, Essex, CM7 5FB
Type of Contract: Design & Build
Architect: PHD Associates, Braemar House, Water Lane, Stansted, Essex CM24 8BJ
Aircrete Contractor: Collins and Beckett carried out all the blockwork themselves, including the inner Rå Build aircrete shell, via a specialist aircrete blockwork contractor.