The Bright Building, at the heart of the University of Bradford campus, is possibly the world’s largest building of monolithic hempcrete, sprayed using two machines when I was Operations Manager at The Limecrete Company. Here’s a video showing some of the building process and the end result.
This building achieved an outstanding BREEAM score of 95.2%, the highest for a UK university building at the time, and was one of the finalists in the Best of BREEAM 2016 awards for sustainable buildings. It also received a Highly Commended rating in the Green Gown awards 2015.
This new-build project was one of the first houses in England granted approval under paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework, by which an individual house in the countryside is exempt from all planning constraints as long as it meets specific criteria, primarily that the build is architecturally outstanding. It was designed to be a zero carbon, innovative, passive eco-house.
The two hempcrete buildings on this site show a true collaboration amongst contractors. I originally sprayed the black barn in 2014 with The Limecrete Company. We then sprayed the eco-house two years later. Both The Limecrete Company and SHALCO had spray machines on site and I oversaw the whole installation.
The restoration of this Grade II* listed timber-framed medieval building complex has won a number of awards, including RIBA West Midlands 2016 awards for Building of the Year, Conservation Project of the Year and Regional Award. It now houses Ledbury Library and has become a social hub for the local community.
I did this job when I worked for The Limecrete Company. The wattle and daub was removed where it had perished, timber frames were repaired and chestnut staves were added into the panels, which were then sprayed with hempcrete. There were around 250 individual panels in total. Hempcrete was also sprayed into the roof of the main hall, creating a breathable roof.
You can see more about the restoration of The Master’s House in Ledbury in episode 3 of Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year, a Channel 4 series available on All 4.
This old Norfolk threshing barn has been converted into a stunning holiday let, retaining many of the original features. The project reached the semi-finals of the regional building excellence award scheme. In collaboration with The Limecrete Company we sprayed 200mm of hempcrete onto the inside walls of the brick barn, making the most of the opportunities to sculpt the hempcrete around the windows and walls.
This Grade II listed chapel in the village of Cardinham, near Bodmin in Cornwall, has been converted into a private house. We sprayed hempcrete onto the stone walls, enhancing and remodelling the architectural features of the chapel.
The above buildings are just a few of the more notable ones that I have sprayed over the last seven years. There will be a lot more examples of my work added to the website in the near future as we sort through all the photos.