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Holiday Home Construction

It is 10 years since Swift launched its first Holiday Home and in that time they have become renowned for their quality manufacture and innovative designs and to mark the anniversary, Swift TV has been invited to find out just how Swift puts their holiday homes and residential lodges together.

Transcript of Video: Holiday Home Construction

Hello and welcome to Swift TV, I am Blair Jacobs here at Swift Groups Manufacturing Centre in East Yorkshire.

It is 10 years since Swift launched its first Holiday Home and in that time they have become renowned for their quality manufacture and innovative designs and to mark the anniversary, Swift TV has been invited to find out just how Swift puts their holiday homes and residential lodges together.

Chris Milburn, Design Director at Swift is going to talk us through the process.

Hi Chris, here we are in this wonderful Moselle Lodge but just how do you go about building one?

Essentially all Holiday Homes and Residential Lodges are built the same way and we start with a modular chassis.

For the Moselle Lodge we use a Bankside Fusion Chassis which is fully galvanized and has a 10 year warranty.

OK, so you then construct the floor?

That’s right, and for the Moselle Lodge that we are sat in here, we use Structural Insulated Panels or SIPS, as they are more commonly known. I’ve got an example of this here.

This panel is constructed using a strong timber frame which is then sandwiched between two Orientated Strand Boards (OSB), and the resulting cavity is then injected with a polyurethane insulating foam. This creates an incredibly strong and stiff panel with fantastic thermal properties.

So now you start to build the sides?

That’s right, the walls are made from bonded composite panels which are between 2m & 3m long and 2m high, so a 12m Moselle lodge like this one would need 5 panels each side plus 2 at the front and back. These are securely fixed together to make a really strong structure.

OK,so how is a panel made?

The basic principles for the way a panel is made is very similar to the way we produce touring caravan and motorhome panels, in that they’re pre-bonded and laminated prior to arriving at the factory for assembly into the holiday home. Swift was the first to introduce this type of process and technology into the holiday home industry.

I’ve got an example of the panel here so that I can show you how it’s made.

The panel starts with the interior decor panel, this is the plywood panel that has the wallpaper laminated on the side of it. This is laid in our lamination machine and a layer of adhesive is applied and then the timber frame is put on top.

The timber frame is then loaded with insulation which is pre-cut on our water jet cutting machines to the exact size of the apertures within the framework so that it is a snug fit.
Then over the top a full layer of brown paper is applied which helps to make sure the insulation is securely fixed within the panel and adds strength as well.
The panel is then covered with a waterproof membrane which is breathable and allows for the elimination of any condensation, as well as keeps the elements out. Then this is covered with cladding.

What about models like the Auvergne that has patio or bi-folding doors?

For any holiday home with a large aperture with opening doors and glazed areas, we use a structural frame around the periphery and that provides strength and dimensional stability which is very important especially for opening doors.

We have spoken about the floor and walls but what about the roof?

Chris explained that the roof is a complex structure designed to withstand severe weather conditions such as snow and strong winds. Swift use prefabricated roof trusses with nail plates hydraulically fitted for accuracy, strength and reliability. Once in place, glass wool insulation is laid for thermal efficiency and the roof is then covered with a breathable membrane.

I saw outside you use a pantile effect roof?

Yes that’s right. In the final stages of the build we fit all of the exterior cladding.
For the roof we use Versasteel Plastisol steel sheeting which has a tile effect. All the downpipes and guttering is then put on, followed by the cladding. The exterior cladding is either Aluminium, PVC or wood based Canexel.
Then we fit all the windows and we use Thermaglas double glazing for better thermal efficiency and noise reduction.

The Moselle comes with a fantastic specification, when does all this get fitted?

Chris explained that during the exterior construction, there is also a team of trained professionals fitting out the inside of the holiday home.

Once the internal walls are completed they start to fit out the different rooms. Furniture is made using a modular system including in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.
The floor, wall and roof panels are constructed so that each section is pre-prepared with the pipework for the plumbing, gas heating and gas hob along with wiring for the electrics.
The fitters can then go through the Holiday Home connecting up the various pieces of equipment.
Once all the fixed furniture and equipment is in place, carpets are laid and fitted just as in your home by professional fitters rather than simply trapping the carpet under the walls and furniture making. The swift way makes it easier to replace in years to come.

And so finally the lodge is finished?

Almost, at this stage all the Holiday Homes and Residential Lodges go through a thorough check list to make sure every element meets the Swift standard of manufacture.

Thanks Chris this has been a real eye opener, thanks for taking us through the construction process.

If you would like more information on the construction or any other element of Swift’s holiday home and residential lodges then visit the website swiftgroup.co.uk