London & South East NHBC Awards

Success on Orchard Grove

Orchard Grove- Ruislip, Middlesex- NHBC Awards 2012 Orchard Grove is a brand new £21.5 million housing development in Ruislip, Middlesex. The development comprises 66 units, divided into 36 houses and 30 apartments – evenly split across two blocks. Work began on the site in early 2011 and it reached completion in late-August 2012. Linden Homes Chiltern was the developer on the site, whilst EHP Architects provided all architectural services. Alex Peters Ceramic Tiling completed all ceramic floor and wall tiling works for Linden Homes Chiltern on the Orchard Grove development. The company has worked with Galliford Try and Linden Homes for over five years and has completed around 50 projects in total. On Orchard Grove, Macs Plasterboard Systems conducted all dry lining, insulation and joinery work, and installed all metal stud walls and external render. Macs Plasterboard Systems was involved with work on the site throughout the duration of the project. Macs Plasterboard Systems Managing Director, Tom McLoughlin, said: “We are always pleased to be involved with award-winning projects such as Orchard Grove. The project reflects the quality of work that Macs Plasterboard Systems can achieve and the high quality service that we can provide to other clients.” Orchard Grove- Ruislip, Middlesex- NHBC Awards 2012 Orchard Grove is located just a short walk away from a number of local amenities, including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and numerous bars and restaurants. The site also benefits from a close proximity to the M40, whilst nearby Ruislip Train Station offers short trips to London-based stations Baker Street and King’s Cross. All of the units on Orchard Grove were built from a timber frame construction; with brick face cladding and render, timber windows and doors and tiled roofs. All of the houses are accompanied by back gardens, whilst apartments have a communal front garden and balconies. Features of Orchard Grove include a high quality fitted kitchens with integrated appliances, modern bathrooms and energy efficient gas fired boilers – supplying heating and hot water. Safety features include smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Linden Homes Chiltern Projects Manager, Karl Bray, said: “At Orchard Grove we present one of the best opportunities to reduce the energy consumption with modern central heating systems that reduce the amount of energy used which in turn saves on carbon emissions. “Our new homes benefit from the latest heating systems, excellent wall and loft insulation and double glazed windows and doors, generating over 60 per cent less CO2 emissions than older homes. “We design for the environment, researching the best building materials and installations – which can save on average up to £556 a year on energy bills – and our new homes are up to six times more energy efficient. “During the construction of Orchard Grove we encountered no major problems and this was due to good planning, good preparation and good material storage. We communicated with the complete team from the engineers to the architects. Every aspect of the work was carefully considered and there was nothing that we didn’t foresee; this is why we achieved an NHBC Pride in the Job Award. Orchard Grove- Ruislip, Middlesex- NHBC Awards 2012 “Linden Homes is Galliford Try’s award-winning house building division and is the fifth largest residential developer in the UK, we produce a large amount of housing units, however this doesn’t change the fact that we treat every site equally and there is no one site that is treated any differently. It doesn’t matter if the development is a high-end build or a moderately priced site we treat the customers the same whether the end user is spending £1.5 million or £250,000. The expectation is always the same and our quality never diminishes. We endeavour to ensure that customer satisfaction is always achieved and that each site is always of a high-quality and a high specification.” Karl added: “Linden Homes has won quite a number of Pride in the Job Awards – as well as Seal of Excellence –however for me personally this is the first time that I have received such an accolade. Receiving this award is the perfect culmination of a number of years of hard work and effort where we strived to ensure that the planning, specification and communication remained important throughout the project. “Orchard Grove also won the National NHBC Health and Safety Award and with the scores that we achieved as part of the Considerate Constructors scheme we hope to win another award in the not too distant future too.”

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