Avada Country Homes have created a total of 25 beautiful homes at The Langham in North Norfolk.
21 of these are new build properties designed with the industry leading eco-timber frame Val-U-Therm building system from Walker Timber group. 17 are “cottage” style, and 4 are replica Norfolk barn properties. The remaining 4 homes are conversions of a magnificent 18th Century listed barn.
- Technically advanced 21st century homes inside a charming traditional shell in a great location
- Using 184 mm Val-U-Therm high thermal performance walls with a U-value of 0.13 W/m2K
- Constructed off-site at Guildway Ltd, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire – a division of Walker Timber Group
- This approach offers a robust strong quality structure and excellent acoustic insulation properties
- Sizes range from 2 bed to large 4 bed units in the perfect blend of community, security and amenities
- All designed, specified and built to an exceptional standard
The Client Perspective:
Avada have been developing fine homes in Norfolk since 2001. They have completed over 70 properties. Unlike many modern developers, they directly control every aspect of design, specification and construction. They are an NHBC registered builder and have earned a reputation for choosing first class materials and designing properties with the owner in mind. The company is owned by Ian & Angela Johnston.
In recent years they have developed two barns for HRH The Queen on the Sandringham Estate, and designed and built two multi-million pound Georgian mansions in the world famous area of Sandbanks in Poole.
In answer to the question, why are the new homes constructed with a timber frame, Ian & Angela answer, ”Most new housing in the western world is constructed this way. The frame chosen by Avada is called Val-U-Therm from The Walker Timber Group. It is an advanced system incorporating outstanding levels of strength and thermal/acoustic insulation. It costs more than the price of ordinary Timber Frames, but we think it is the right choice.”
Under normal planning policy, it would not be possible to build multiple new homes in a rural village surrounded by countryside. As the site was previously an area of employment in the days of Langham Glass, and as tourism is the key economic activity in the area, the local authority considered that the creation of a new hotel would be beneficial to the area, and that the adjacent cottages and barns were an acceptable way of assisting this development. The Langham will be an unashamed up-market boutique hotel. The vision is to create the best accommodation address in the North Norfolk coastal area.
Langham is a picturesque conservation village in North Norfolk within an area of outstanding natural beauty, one and a half miles inland from the iconic coastal villages of Blakeney and Morston.
The Walker Timber Val-U-Therm building panels were all CAD/CAM (computer-aided design with computer-aided manufacture) made at the world-class advanced factory in Wisbech. The supremely strong and robust frame construction gives excellent acoustic insulation properties as well as supreme thermal insulation performance. The panels are manufactured to exacting standards so that they can be assembled on-site to the highest quality levels befitting a development of this exceptional standard.
Tom Fairlie, Sales Director of Walker Timber notes, “Avada are that wonderful, professional type of client who know exactly what they want and specify to achieve their vision”.
It is worthy of note that this advanced Walker Timber Val-U-Therm building system is compatible with the upmarket specification decided by Avada This includes underfloor heating throughout with individual programmable room controls; renewable energy air source heat pumps; vaulted and semi-vaulted ceilings; oak internal heavyweight premium doors with 7-inch moulded skirting and 4-inch door architrave; hardwood oak staircase; handmade Hayburn & Co traditional casement windows and external doors; natural stone tiling in bathrooms, hall and kitchen and top quality real oak flooring in living rooms.
With spectacular walled gardens and panoramic views across the countryside, options are also available of bespoke kitchens with an Aga and luxury branded bathrooms. All properties have a 10 Year NHBC Buildmark Warranty. As well as this Avada provide a 2 year comprehensive Builders Warranty.
From some initial reservation opportunities being available on 24th May 2013, by September 2014 the first cottages are occupied and 18 cottages/barns are reserved or sold. Construction on the hotel started in May 2014.