Due to the increasing demand for social housing, a new development in Ley Hill, Birmingham will provide 20 houses for the local authority. Constructed on behalf of Birmingham City council, the development has made extensive use of Thermalite aircrete blocks for the foundations of the timber frame houses.
The foundations of the development, constructed by main contractors Mowlem PLC, were built using 466m2 of Thermalite’s innovative Tongue and Groove Trenchblock in 300mm, specified specifically for its excellent structural qualities.
Designed for speed, the joints of Thermalite’s Tongue and Groove blocks easily slot together in one simple process. By joining the blocks together in this way, the perp-ends do not need to be mortared providing a much quicker method of construction. Standard Trenchblock construction has already been proven to halve build-time but with Thermalite’s Tongue and Groove blocks, house-builders will gain a further 25% time saving.
At less than 25kg, Trenchblock is already a one-man lift but Thermalite’s lightweight product features integral hand holes for easy lifting, ensuring it clearly meets Health and Safety recommendations. The addition of hand holes also makes the process of lifting and laying the blocks much quicker and easier.
Source: Communique PR