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Kingspan Tek delivers forward-thinking flexibility

by Matt Downs

The Lower Mill Estate offers holiday homemakers bespoke, energy efficient properties that have benefited from the Kingspan TEK Building System’s scope for individual design and off-site construction, improving construction efficiency.

Lower Mill Estate, constructed by Conservation Builders, is a community of holiday homes including award-winning property designs, which has continued to produce exemplary models of sustainable construction with each new phase of development.

The Habitat First Group’s vision was to create a residential nature reserve that would provide security and the freedom to escape the demands of urban life. The resulting development, immersed in the woodlands of the Cotswolds, offers tranquillity and relaxation through fully customisable, energy efficient properties. The Kingspan TEK Building System has enabled clients to enjoy a truly bespoke experience, where they can be involved in the very early stages of designing their property.

The latest phase of the development uses Kingspan TEK panels for the walls and roofs of the new units. The Kingspan TEK building system, which comprises a high-performance insulation core sandwiched between two layers of OSB/3, was selected as it allowed a high level of design flexibility and out-of-the-box fabric performance. It also creates minimal site waste as kits are designed and cut off-site.

Mike Fleming at Glosford Timber Solutions, a Kingspan TEK Delivery Partner, who designed, cut and erected the Kingspan TEK system on the project, says: “Knowing Kingspan TEK is an accredited product and is well manufactured is a huge benefit, as is the flexibility it offers while maintaining excellent insulation values.

“Dealing with client variations can be challenging, especially on a project of this scale. All units were bespoke with complex designs incorporating integral balconies and roof terraces that had to be designed into the Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) frame, but through our experience with the Kingspan TEK Building System we were able to meet all of the residents’ requests.”

The thermal conductivity of the Kingspan TEK Building System’s insulated core and OSB/3 facings produces a highly energy efficient building envelope. This supports the development at Lower Mill Estate to satisfy sustainable construction standards and creates diverse properties with lifetime energy efficiency in mind.

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