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Huf 'n' Puf: Swedish construction packages come to London

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Although used in mainland Europe for around 30 years, the Huf Haus construction package has not made great inroads into the UK market.Now, however, an exclusive development of 330m 2houses is being built in Dulwich Village, south London, by Wates Homes.

The houses are constructed out of pre-formed Swedish spruce timber post and beams, cut and sized in factory conditions in Germany and shipped over to site.Their design is relatively simple and frees the internal partitioning from its otherwise structural function.Each house is provided with a basement as standard.The large proportion of external glazing potentially allows views through the house, but light reflecting glass will minimise the sense of intrusion for the occupant while maximising their sense of openness.

Once the initial design specification has been finalised, the precast concrete basement is installed in one week and the building frame erected to provide a watertight envelope in a further seven to 10 days.

Twelve weeks from start on site, the building is completed.

The construction costs (including fees but excluding the price of the land), is between £800-£1,000m 2fully finished; selling for £1.25 million to £1.5 million each.At the top end of the market, these properties are built to an individual client's specification, allowing flexibility of floor plate, layout and elevational treatment all the way down to the internal finishings.

Being a German system, the energy efficiency is higher than current UK standards as a matter of course.

Glass infill walls are made of argon-filled, low emissivity glass with a U-value of 1.1W/m 2K.The non-glass walls (which are also infill panels that can be relocated to suit) have two cavities.Overall, the houses have achieved a SAP rating of 95-100.

Contact Peter Huf, tel 01932 828512

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