WORKING WITH YOU

Our main priority at Hawkland is to listen, understand your needs and to help develop your ideas into reality. We have combined our academic knowledge in environmental studies and building science with our practical, tacit knowledge of materials and their application.

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INITIAL DISCUSSION

This is our opportunity to listen to you, your vision and your requirements. Every project is different and requires a tailored approach.

During this stage we can look at different options that might be suitable for your project, then work towards the most appropriate solution.

02

DESIGNING THE SCOPE

Particularly when it comes to renovation, there are often several unknowns in the early stages. Because we are not here to sell you a particular solution regardless of whether it's appropriate or not, but rather to find the best method for your unique situation, we often will need to do some background research.

We have a network of practitioners around us that we can connect with and, where appropriate, bring in their expertise.

03

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

All projects require a certain amount of project management but some may require more time off site organising the work and procuring materials than others.

As contractors we are also required to carry out several duties under the Construction Design Management (CDM) 2015 legislation with regards to health and safety within the industry. The level of this work depends on the size of the job and our role in the work.

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CONSTRUCTION PHASE

Our main priority at Hawkland is to listen, understand your needs and to help develop your ideas into reality. We have combined our academic knowledge in environmental studies and building science with our practical, tacit knowledge of materials and their application.

During the construction phase we will ensure that your project is built to a high standard by careful, conscientous and motivated tradesmen with years of experience.

Contact Us

We'd love to hear about your project

NEW BUILD


Contact Chris via

chris@hawkland.co.uk

RENOVATION


Contact David via

david@hawkland.co.uk

FABRIC FIRST APPROACH

There are a growing number of natural material products available in the construction industry. Through a fabric first approach to design, natural materials come into their own when moisture vapour is taken into account.

VAPOUR PERMEABILITY

Developing on from a fabric first approach we start to look at how the materials work and why this might improve living conditions. One of the underlying principles that ties natural materials together is the movement of water vapour through the materials. Otherwise known as vapour permeability.

The ability for materials to be vapour permeable is crucial when building a wall system with straw bales, hempcrete and other natural insulations such as fibreboards and sheeps wool. Using lime, timber and clay we can protect the walls whilst still allowing the vapour to pass through.

On top of this, research and evidence is growing that shows using materials that dynamically respond to the fluctuating levels of vapour in the air can help to improve indoor air quality.

Moisture buffering or dynamic vapour sorption (DVS) is the ability to absorb and desorb humidity in the air. This is why natural materials outperform low-permeability and inert conventional materials, in creating a healthy environment.

We are also starting to see the negative effects these conventional construction materials are having on historic buildings but also in more modern developments where inadequate ventilation is achieved. Examples like this case study by the BRE show why it is so important.

Hawkland have been working with Simon James Lewis to understand the role of internal weather, behaviour and inappropriate materials has in damaging our buildings and creating unhealthy, underperforming living conditions.

ABOUT US

Chris and David met several times through the Centre for Alternative Technology when Chris was teaching the straw bale modules with Bee Rowan (Strawbuild). The first time they worked together was in Ireland on a pioneering straw bale guest house at Rock Farm, Slane. Over several projects it became clear that a good partnership had formed, united by the desire to disrupt an industry ready for change.


Chris Hawker


Chris Hawker has been building with straw since 2010, training with Strawbuild. Now with over 21 straw bale projects under his belt, as well as an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from The Centre for Alternative Technology and E.C.V.E.T. clay plastering qualifications.

Experienced with a range of natural materials and an expert in straw applications, Chris provides steady input to our designs and onsite management.


David Copeland


David Copeland's meticulous attention to detail carries through to his straw bale and pre-fab panel building experience as well as his decorating, timber-framing and hemp & lime retrofit work.

David has a a degree in Environmental Management and an MSc from The Centre For Alternative Technology, providing an excellent academic and theoretical background and perspective to his well-rounded practical skills.

Contact Us

For general enquiries email:

info@hawkland.co.uk

NEW BUILD


Contact Chris Hawker via

chris@hawkland.co.uk

RENOVATION


Contact David Copeland via

david@hawkland.co.uk

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