Work Starts at Elm Cottage

15th March 2013

Elm Cottage, New Street Ledbury is the next SEED project and work on site has started.


After initial site clearance over 1000 tonnes of subsoil has been removed to level and lower the plot. Concrete strip foundations were competed at the end of February and the blocks of the plinth walls are in place.

Work is on schedule and panels are due to arrive in the first week of April.


Elm Cottage is a well proportioned private home to be constructed using the SEED timber system. With walls constructed of SEED panels and the roof using the same Easi-Joist system with 300mm of Warmcel insulation.Externally walls are to be clad in lime render and chestnut weatherboard, with an aluminium roof material. The house will benefit from a wood pellet boiler, PV and solar thermal panels, heat recovery ventilation system and low energy lighting. The L-shaped building encloses a south-facing courtyard area and the design has concentrated on good solar thermal practice with large windows to the south sides, smaller to the north.


Elm Cottage is a collaboration between Trevor Hewett Architects of Ludlow who designed the building for the client, Fforest Timber Engineering from Gorseinon, Swansea who are manufacturing and erecting the timber frame, IJ Preece of Hereford who are acting as main contractors and SEED Homes who have developed the project with the client and architect since its inception 2 years ago. SEED have advised on the choice of materials, energy strategies for the building and best use of the SEED system to fit the design.


Elevations courtesy of Trevor Hewett Architects