SIPBuild UK has been chosen to supply one of the biggest regeneration contracts in Europe which includes a town centre complex at Battersea Power Station and construction of a new US Embassy.
The UK’s leading supplier of structural insulated panel (SIP) buildings will supply and fit a timber frame and SIPs throughout the top four floors of a high-spec new build at Nine Elms in the borough of Wandsworth, south west London.
The project is the first time the builders JMH Group have commissioned SIPs technology, although the ground floor will be built with steel, their usual material of choice.
Chairman Marin Jakisic said: “SIPs proved a cost effective way to meet the code level 4 sustainability regulations for new builds because their insulating and acoustic properties are very good, and they have other advantages for inner city construction projects.
“SIPs panels create less pollution because they are built off-site and quick installation means minimal disruption to residents. They also keep costs down in terms of labour and project timeframe.”
Work began on the project at Blore Close, SW8, in late January and JMH Group expect to be finished by September.
SIPBuild UK will arrive on site in March for four weeks to fit a timber frame across the top four floors, build a timber lift shaft and install structural insulated panels across four levels. External walls will be given a brick outer face. JMH Group already intends to hire SIPBuild UK for another project in the Nine Elms regeneration area on the site of a demolished commercial building.
The Blore Close building is part of a massive development on the south bank of the Thames which will see 16,000 new homes built and enough business space to support 25,000 jobs.
It includes a new park running from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station and a new Tube stop on the Northern Line.
The centrepiece will be the £650m US embassy, an 11-storey cube made of glass, expected to open for business in 2017.
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About SIPBuild UK
SipBuild UK, based in Castleford, West Yorkshire, works with architects, contractors and self-builders to specify, order, deliver and construct structural insulated panels, one of the most economical and eco-friendly forms of construction. They are made from sustainable harvested spruce and use up to 35 per cent less timber than traditional alternatives for walls and roofing. Visit www.sipbuilduk.co.uk or call 0845 6891974 for more information. Benefits of the system include:
- Speed of construction
- Increased floor space
- Sustainable materials
- Lightweight and strong
- Reduced noise pollution
- Reduction in waste
- Reduced energy bills
- Code level 4 and 5 for sustainable buildings
About JMH Group
JMH Group build environments that are sustainable for the future by acquiring, managing and enhancing real estate in London. Real estate assets are owned by a series of subsidiary companies. Visit www.jmhgroup.co.uk