Hawes Lane, Wicken, Cambs

  • Client: The Cambridge Housing Society
  • Employers Agent: Oxbury & Company
  • Contract and Value: Design and Build, £700K

The development consist of 8 no. two and three bedroom dwellings for rent and shared ownership. The development embraces modern methods of construction by utilizing thin joint block work for the internal skin of the cavity wall, in addition to this a revolutionary spray plaster is being applied directly to the thin joint blockwork and plaster boarding. The Incorporation of both of these methods will reduce overall construction periods significantly.

Keeping at the forefront of sustainable design each property is equipped with a Ground Source Heat Pump to provide hot water and heating. Each dwelling has a ground loop installed in to a vertical borehole to a depth of approximately 60m which links to the heat pump unit located in the kitchen, in to a space the size of a washing machine.

Another key issue for the sustainability of the project is the removal of surface water from the developments. Unable to achieve this with on site soakaways due to the non-porous ground condition an attenuation system has been developed to remove all surface water runoff at the lower discharge rate allowed for the area.

Another challenge for this project involves the Planning Condition to widen of the Public Highway adjacent to the development under a 106 Agreement.