The H+H Rå Build method of thin-joint aircrete construction was specified due to aircrete’s diverse application and insulation properties.
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.