London & South East NHBC Awards

Imperial Green impresses with NHBC

 The coast of South Kent is changing rapidly thanks to a luxury development of fashionable homes by GCE Construction. The £4.2m Imperial Green development comprises 75 stunning two, three and four bed-houses and apartments all located on Twiss Road in the serene seaside town of Hythe.

The stylish structures boast a spa, gym and fitness centre and are part of an exciting development that also includes a new champagne bar – with scenic sea view – and the rejuvenation of the Imperial Hotel.

This new venture, which GCE Construction started in May 2011, was designed by GDM architects and the exciting project is set to be completed in three stages with the first phases of new townhouses and apartments completed in the summer of 2012.

The first phase includes twelve homes comprising four detached townhouses with four bedrooms, two semi-detached houses with two bedrooms and finally six semi-detached houses with three bedrooms each.

Imperial Green’s modern and unique townhouses are three-storey structures and include garages and utility rooms, kitchens and living areas in addition to hardwood and stainless steel Juliet balconies and slate roofs. The houses also include terraces, landscaped front gardens and a patio to rear gardens.

The houses are surrounded by greenery which is lined with granite strips coated with bonded shingle and there are communal areas set out across the development.

Chris Easton, Imperial Green Site Manager, said:

“GCE Construction built these homes with the intention of constructing contemporary homes that were sustainable.

“The ground floor was built with cavity walls with steel fabrication on top and the two floors above are where the living area and kitchen are located. The townhouses are constructed with timber frames and the exterior finish of the building features both Sto render and Cedral cladding.”

Chris has worked in the construction industry for 29 years after initially starting his career as a carpenter. He later returned to college where he did building studies and soon found a job at a house building company as an assistant manager. Chris became a site manager 18 years ago and in that time has overseen a wide range of projects from school extensions to theatre refurbishments.

Chris has worked for GCE construction for sixteen months and has enjoyed being involved with such a successful build in a difficult economic climate.

Chris Easton commented:

“I enjoy this work due to the excellent organisation – including running of the site and the storage of materials – as well as the high quality work produced by the site team.”

Despite a few problems with weather in early 2012, Imperial Green is continuing to make good progress.

Chris Easton added:

“There were some initial difficulties with the building process including cold bridging and air test levels and it was crucial that the cold temperatures were not able to find a way through the steel work from the outside of the building.

“Solving this problem required intricate detailing on the part of the architects and the use of various insulation materials. Since work on the project initially began the high air test levels have gradually declined through significant improvements to the internal air membrane of the structure and work is on programme.”

In recent months around 2,000 people have visited the Imperial Green show houses and the project is already beginning to take deposits.

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