who’s building housing with the kind of joie de vivre it deserves?

Who’s building housing with the kind of joie de vivre it deserves? Two custom build projects are being developed in Devon and Cornwall each developing different ways for buyers to influence the design of their home.

Localizing Custom Build, Trevenson Park, Pool, Cornwall, 54 custom build (part of 144 mixed tenure development), in progress completion in 2017

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HTA have designed a masterplan for new housing surrounding the Heartlands Park in Pool, Cornwall. The Park is itself a new project a ‘cultural playground’ designed around former tin mining works it was awarded £22.3 million Big Lottery Living Landmarks Grant in 2007 and opened in 2012. The housing development will create a new residential community around the park linking it to adjacent residential areas. A ‘not the village green’ to be designed collaboratively with residents.

The developer Igloo have selected by competition six architect led ‘home manufacturers’ to design kit houses for the custom build part of the site. These collaborative teams include Mae with prefabrication specialists Riko; AOC with Cathedral Builders; Ash Sakula with Easebuild and FrameUK; Dwelle; HTA Design with Potton; or White Design with Modcell and Cadfan. Based on the Dutch example in Almere, Igloo intend to developed this model across the UK sourcing different home manufacturers in each location.

A slice of Eco Life, Bickleigh Custom Built Eco Village, Devon, 91 Self build plots, in progress.

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This project is a joint venture between an experienced project manager and architect; Charles Everard and Bill Dunster. The site overlooks Dartmoor in Devon and is close to the village of Roborough. The 91 serviced plots are available for ‘kit homes’ provided by the developer or custom built homes where the ‘kit’ is adapted individually.

The homes will be insulated to give low heat loss at a U value of 0.15 W/m2k. This far better than current Building Regulations and is the equivalent of Code 6 ( the highest standard under the old Code for Sustainable Homes). The low energy fabric together with the integration of solar PV and a ‘heat hub’ drawing heat from a ‘solar loft’ for hot water will create a net zero energy home. To maximize solar energy generation the buildings are mainly set out along east/west facing terraces with roofs perpendicular to the face of the house or in short north/south facing terraces.

By advertising the project early on with a demonstration exhibition a ‘Slice of Eco Life’ in Plymouth City Centre the developer generated 300 expressions of interest in the project  and and secured 30 reservation bids for the first phase of homes. The price of a three-bed eco-home is likely to be £185-195,000. Community building is also an important part of this development. One of the first buildings to be built is an agricultural shed that can be used for the assembly of the kit homes and when the development is built out can be used for social or economic functions.


 

the start of something gorgeous – Hab Housing’s Triangle – Swindon

The Triangle, Swindon was the first project for Kevin Mc Cloud’s development company Hab Housing. The project already stands out against the mainstream offer of typical of the UK’s McHousing. The development was built above standard for sustainability at Code 4. Even more untypical the forty-two homes were architect designed (by Glen Howells Architects), they have a useful shared public space at their centre and are built with a good quality, simple, contemporary materials. Homes have good daylight and ceiling heights that at 2,6ms are also above the norm.

When the Triangle was published at the end of 2011 the AJ reported that Hab had more projects lined up. Today Hab have launched a crowd funding bid with Crowd Cube to raise funds for these project and develop a one stop shop for “self build and custom finish projects”.

What do Hab say about themselves: “Why do we bother?
 – Because most modern housing just isn’t good enough. Because we got angry about the way volume house builders were riding roughshod over great tracts of our towns and countryside: erasing traces of the past; ignoring established communities and chucking up identikit Noddy houses at the lowest possible cost.”

http://www.habhousing.co.uk/

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www.crowdcube.com