New Build Oak Framed House: Chanctonbury

Client: Private
Contractors: Simon Stringer (Groundworks) and the Russell Brothers (Superstructure)

Gould and Company were instructed to monitor this project for the purposes of an 'RICS Inspection & Certification Scheme for Domestic Structures'.

This project is unusual in the sense that a new oak framed house was built within a clearing in an established wood, utilising oak timber felled specifically for construction purposes.  A covered workshop was set up on site to cut and shape green oak members which were then assembled, utilising traditional joints/dowelling.  The Russell Brothers are highly skilled craftsmen, who have links with Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Singleton.

The only concession to modernity was the depth of concrete foundations which were three metres in most areas, and the level of insulation which were required to achieve Building Regulations Approved Document Part L.

Gould and Company services include:

  • Regular inspections to monitor the nature and quality of construction
  • Certification of satisfactory completion under the RICS Scheme


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