Fakenham-based building company Grocott and Murfit Ltd has won prestigious awards recognising outstanding workmanship in the design and construction of a bungalow in Swaffham.
Lime Tree Lodge in Swaffham has been built to stringent Passivhaus standards which require buildings to have excellent thermal performance and exceptional airtightness with mechanical ventilation. The Passivhaus standard was developed in Germany in the 1990s and can be applied to residential dwellings as well as commerical, industrial and public buildings.
The Swaffham bungalow was designed and built to reflect the presence of a dominant lime tree, which provides shade in the summer to avoid overheating whilst allowing winter sun to penetrate and provide passive solar gain.
It was the first Passivhaus project undertaken by Grocott and Murfit, a business based in Clipbush Business Park, set up by friends Daniel Grocott and Jody Murfit in 2007. The architects were Parsons and Whittley.
The building, in Oaks Close, has just been chosen as 2016 winner of the Best Individual New Home in the regional Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards for East Anglia and will go forward to the grand finals which take place in London in November. In addition it has been awarded a 2016 Craftmanship Award by the Norfolk Association of Architects.
Both Jody and Daniel have undertaken an intensive training course and have Passivhaus accreditation. Said Daniel: “One of the main aspects of a Passivhaus building is creating a high level of comfort and everything is carried out to a high specification, The temperature is maintained at a constant level all year round. There is meticulous attention to detail and everything we do is tested.
“The tree was integral to the design, for instance the shade it gives was important.”
When Daniel and Jody formed their business nine years ago, Daniel was training as an architect and Jody was a builder. Said Daniel: “We were friends in any case and we worked really well together. Since then we have grown the business considerably and now employ 50 people. We have also set up individual companies which specialise in plumbing, electrics, joinery, woodburners and interiors.
“We aim to continue to grow the business and we regard quality as our top priority – we want to be the best at what we do.”
Grocott and Murfit offer a variety of services including new builds, extensions, refurbishment and joinery.