Product / system manufacture
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Ashram Housing Association
Michael Ramus Architects Ltd
Mansell Construction Services Ltd (main contractor), SK Brickwork (bricklaying contractor)
24,000 Multi Plates (8,000m2) with the thin-joint bonding system
Ribbon Court is one of the first schemes in the country specifically designed to meet the new and emerging needs of older people from the area’s diverse communities. The four-storey development comprises 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments for residents with special care needs, where the on-site amenities include consultancy rooms, activity rooms, communal lounges, a hairdresser’s, café restaurant, landscaped garden and a waterfall in the reception area.
H+H supplied a through-the-wall solution to streamline the schedule of work, within a design to achieve a BREEAM rating of 'very good'. A single supply solution was provided for this modern method of construction (MMC), with all the aircrete, ties, mortar, damp-proof course (DPC), cavity trays and bed-joint reinforcement being ordered together and delivered on one lorry, streamlining both the pre-construction procurement and the construction on site.
“H+H’s whole-wall solution helped to streamline both the specification and the construction itself on site, by including all the aircrete, ties, mortar, damp-proof course, cavity trays and bed-joint reinforcement. This meant only one lorry delivery instead of requiring the management of many loads. […] We usually fill a skip every day for this scale of development, but constructing with Multi Plate and thin-joint meant that the waste filled only two skips per week, instead of every day. This must be better for the environment and reduces costs.”
Joe Sutton, Site manager, Mansell
“In comparison with timber-frame and SIPS, there is less movement with aircrete, less shrinkage, and it is much easier to make future adaptations and alterations.”
Simon Lipinskis, Design & Build Co-ordinator, Mansell
“We were knocking weeks off Mansell’s original programme, because the Multi Plates are so straightforward and simple to use with thin-joint. And this was our first use. The system’s sheer speed advantage is matched by its straightforward cleanliness, not creating any droppings into the wall cavities – so there is minimal wastage too.”
Stuart Kennedy, Managing Director, SK Brickwork