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Silk Mills Development

Speed Matters

Speed was of the essence. The first phase of the Silk Meadows development included 11 homes set along a newly constructed street. The street snaked through this Crest Nicholson development of two, three and four bedroom houses on the outskirts of Taunton. The urgency was because this phase of the 67-home development contained the three show homes needed to market the development.

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Williams Homes Illustration

Ten Years Strong

“We’ve used H+H aircrete blocks and Thin Joint system for the last 10 years, sticking with it because it’s such a good system for speed and ease of construction with minimal waste,” says Steve Williams, a director of housebuilder Williams Homes.

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Apartments at Carlyle Avenue, Brighton

Cracking the Code

H+H’s Thin Joint system has been used in a fabric-first approach to the design and construction of a low energy apartment block on a constrained site in Brighton.

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Northfields Development, Colechester

2000th Rå Build for H+H

H+H’s Rå Build method of aircrete construction has recently been specified for the 2000th time at a Linden Homes development in Northfields, Colchester, demonstrating the popularity of the system. Originally the build method was to be timber frame, however, the specification changed to aircrete due to the cost saving available.

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Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

Hospital built with H+H aircrete

H+H’s Celcon Plus Blocks using Thin Joint Celfix Mortar were specified for their impressive thermal properties on both the separating and internal walls for TÅ· Llidiard - Litchard House, the new Child & Adolescent mental health unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Brigend, Wales, built by BAM Construction for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

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Robust detail E-WM-23

New Robust Detail for acoustic wall with Aircrete

A new acoustic Robust Detail, E-WM-23 is available for a high-performance cavity separation wall construction using Celcon Blocks Standard Grade aircrete from H+H. It particularly addresses the thermal regulation requirements of Part L, the Code for Sustainable Homes and acoustic requirements of Part E of the Building Regulations.

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Masonry Construction Still Number One

Masonry Construction Still Number One Choice for Building Homes

Statistics from the NHBC, which guarantees approximately 80% of all new homes, indicate in England last year, an average of 12.25% of its homes were built using timber frame. It follows that nearly 90% were built with other means, including masonry, and aircrete in particular.

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Robust Detail for Acoustic Wall with Aircrete

New Robust Detail for Acoustic Wall with Aircrete

A new acoustic Robust Detail, E-WM-23, is now available for registration which delivers very significant benefits for both existing and potential users of both H+H’s Celcon Blocks and Thin Joint system. Robust Detail E-WM-23 is a high performance cavity separating wall construction that will allow developers and clients to simplify the procurement and build process whilst addressing challenges posed by the Code for Sustainable Homes, together with Part L - Thermal Regulation and Part E - Acoustic Regulation.

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Pallet Recycling ‘On The Up’

Pallet Recycling ‘On The Up’

In 2009 H+H joined the repatriation initiative, one of the first manufacturers to do so. Since then the number of pallets collected has increased dramatically:

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Barratt AIMC4 Masonry Thin-Joint houses

Fabric First for AIMC4

H+H joined forces with, Stewart Milne, Crest Nicholson and Barratt Developments and the BRE to complete 17 cost-effective low carbon homes in England and Scotland for the AIMC4* development scheme. This project has been made possible by a £3.2million investment by the Technology Strategy Board, which has also been matched by the AIMC4 Consortium.

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Think you know about Aircrete?

In a bid to ensure that the universal characteristics of aircrete are fully and impartially explained, the Aircrete Products Association has just launched a new website at

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Superior Air Tightness for Newbury Parkway

Superior Air Tightness for Newbury Parkway

H+H’s Standard Grade 440 x 215 x 100mm and 140mm thick 3.6N aircrete blocks have been installed at the Newbury Parkway Shopping Centre, providing a robust shell in a mix of solid, single skin and cavity walls. Situated in Berkshire and designed by BDP architects, the retail park forms part of a new town centre for the local community. H+H blocks were used due to aircrete’s inherent qualities as a material.

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Mark Oliver

Better news for housebuilding?

The number of new houses completed in recent years has been, and remains, lamentable. With a steadily rising population and huge pressure on existing housing there is no lack of demand, the key to reigniting the housing sector is finding how to release this demand.

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Masonry is customer choice for partition walls

321 building industry professionals completed our online poll investigating the reasons for specification choices in the design of internal partition walls. Respondents represented a good mix of large and small companies, involved in both new build and refurbishment projects.

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Green construction board supports industry grown

The current government is driving a huge expansion of green technology and environmental initiatives in the construction sector. Politically it cannot fail to achieve results and the Green Construction Board is one of the mechanisms by which it proposes to both encourage progress and monitor developments.The Board itself consists of thirteen industry representatives supported by nine government appointees. The idea is for practitioners to interpret the government objectives and suggest ways that they can be met profitably by the building industry.

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Pallet recycling takes off

H+H was once of the first manufacturers to join the pallet repatriation initiative, launched at Ecobuild 2011. We have just received the analysis of numbers and are delighted to see that the number of pallets recovered during 2011 was over 400% up on 2010.

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Eco Home at Ratby

H+H Celcon Blocks ideal for a fabric first approach

Housebuilder Cawrey Homes specified H+H Celcon Blocks rather than competing products for their new build development of energy efficient homes in Ratby. All thirty six of these homes meet level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Cawrey Homes focused on a ‘fabric first’ approach, therefore relying upon H+H Celcon Blocks to build as airtight and thermally efficient building envelope as possible.

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