A new build home in Kingsclere has embraced a ‘best of both worlds’ philosophy by combining traditional aesthetics with the exceptional fabric performance provided by the Kingspan TEK Building System.
The hillside site in Hampshire was previously home to an inter-war style house, which the owners originally planned to extend and renovate. After the initial feasibility study, carried out by Witcher Crawford Architects, the homeowners weighed the benefits of improved thermal performance, amongst other considerations, and decided to demolish the property and rebuild instead. Keen to retain the positive attributes of the original building, Witcher Crawford developed a design that was in keeping with the style and palette of materials typical to Kingsclere. The result is a stunning Arts and Crafts home that is traditional in appearance and complementary to its setting. Constructed with innovative Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) from the Kingspan TEK Building System, the house enjoys excellent thermal performance, making it both comfortable and efficient.
Kingspan TEK Building System panels comprise a highly insulated core sandwiched between two layers of Oriented Strand Board type 3 (OSB/3) and can deliver U-values as low as 0.17 W/m2K without the need for additional insulated liners, providing exceptional out-of-the-box fabric performance for this new home. The wall and roof panels were designed and factory-cut to the project’s unique specifications by Kingspan TEK Delivery Partners, Bentley Projects.
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Keen advocates of the Kingspan TEK Building System, Witcher Crawford Architects and sister company Build Construction Management have been working closely with Bentley Projects to hone their construction detailing.
David Bentley, of Bentley Projects, commented:
“This is a substantial house with a traditional appearance. The Kingspan TEK Building System provided speed and cost-effectiveness, whilst giving the clients a highly efficient and super air-tight structure and maintaining the look and feel of an arts-and-crafts style house. The exterior incorporates handmade bricks, brick slips, render and hanging tiles and carved stone features. Inside, the character is maintained with vaulted or skeiling ceilings in the roof space and spacious living and reception rooms. Despite the period character, this is a thoroughly modern building; highly insulated with state-of-the-art heating and MVHR systems.”
The offsite construction method provided by the Kingspan TEK Building System meant the entire SIP structure, including the house, garage and pool-house, was erected in just 10 weeks. The Kingspan TEK Building System also allowed excellent flexibility in the design of this bespoke home. Despite being new, the building was designed to look as though it has been part of the landscape for the last 100 years.
Some of the key features established through the Kingspan TEK Building System include increased floor to ceiling heights; feature walls with recesses and alcoves; and faux external chimneys formed in SIPs and clad with brick slips to match the brickwork cladding to the rest of the building. In addition, the use of SIPs for the roof construction facilitated greater space in the loft area, with vaulted ceilings, dormer windows and bat areas to accommodate the bats displaced by the demolition of the previous house.