St Helena : OPEN DAY AT ST HELENA’S FIRST STEEL FRAMED HOMES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 29.08.2013 (Article Archived on 26.09.2013)
An Open Day was held on 27 August 2013 at one of the three new steel-framed homes on St Helena.
DAY AT ST HELENA’S FIRST STEEL FRAMED HOMES
An Open Day was held on 27
August 2013 at one of the three new steel-framed homes on St Helena.
Located at Bottom Woods the new
home is one of the first three Government landlord houses to be built in 10
years. Showcasing modern methods of construction the new home features an open
plan layout with two large bedrooms, a bathroom, fully fitted kitchen area,
utility room and outside patio. All three new homes are fitted with
solar-powered water heating.
Andy Crowe, Housing Executive
explained the reasoning behind these steel-framed homes:
“The steel-framed homes
built at Bradleys Camp for the airport workers were built very quickly so this
was a pilot project to see whether the same technique could be applied for
homes to buy and rent on the Island.
“Steel frames are just one
of the many modern methods of construction that have been exploited around the
world moving to building techniques that can be faster and cost effective,
warmer and more free from damp than the traditional forms.”
The purpose of the Open Day was to
gather the public’s views on the new homes.
“We have our own views on
how the new homes look and work, but the most important thing was for visitors
to the home to give their ideas and recommendations.”
Over 150 visitors attended the
Open Day and 66 took the time to comment on the house. 60 of these made
positive comments such as “fantastic – when can I move in?” “love the space,”
“ideal for a small family,” and “very lucky tenants”.
Importantly many commented
favourably on the “good workmanship” and the fact that “you could never tell it
has a metal frame.” The most common comment was that the home was warm and
comfortable even though it was cold outside and the doors were open.
Visitors also took the time to
make suggestions on how the new homes planned for Half Tree Hollow might differ
- tiling rather than carpeting the floors, more privacy for the bathroom and
toilet, some outside storage and fitted cupboards have all now been
incorporated into the planning application for Half Tree Hollow, shortly to be
The three homes took approximately
8 months from start on site to completion and cost just over £50,000 each to
build. Included in the cost are a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom, carpeting
“The time to build three
houses was longer than anticipated, but we have to bear in mind that this is a
learning process. I am sure we can get them completed faster. Equally, we
expect the cost to fall now that builders on the Island are more familiar with
the skills and materials needed.”
A photo of the new steel framed
home is attached.
28 August 2013