Contractor R G Carter wanted a construction solution that was more adaptable than a timber frame system, which would allow late design changes to be incorporated into this innovative housing development without too much difficulty. H+H’s Rå Build method, using the Thin-Joint System of large format aircrete blocks and quick-drying Celfix Mortar provided the optimum solution.
Britannia Crescent is an arc-shaped development of 19 three-bedroom houses built on the site of the former Beach Coach Station car park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The scheme was named in honour of the royal visit to the town as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The development has been designed to the Lifetime Homes standard, which means the dwellings have been designed to be easily accessible for occupants including wheelchair and disabled visitors; the homes have been constructed to be easily adapted over time to meet the changing needs of their occupants. As such, the homes feature level thresholds and wider doorways, lit and covered entranceways and good accessibility throughout to allow people to enter, exit and move around the properties without physical barriers. As part of the Lifetime concept, the houses also feature a gully set into the bathroom floor to enable the room to be easily adapted in the future. The roof structure of the homes has also been designed to allow the attic to be easily modified to accommodate an additional future bedroom.