23 February 2018

Innovative housing scheme shares secrets for success with industry experts

One of the UK’s most innovative housing schemes, currently being built in Plymouth, has opened its doors to give construction professionals from across the UK an insight into the project as it nears completion.

The Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) low-energy Passivhaus site, which is being built by Mi-space, in Bodmin Road, Whitleigh, is one of the largest low-energy Passivhaus schemes in the country.

Mi-space, which is part of the Midas Group, and PCH invited architects, surveyors, contractors and other housing association representatives for a tour of the site.

The aim was to share experience and good practice from the groundbreaking 72-home scheme being built to Passivhaus design principles – a unique method of construction which reduces energy bills by improving insulation and air-tightness.

All the doors and windows on the homes have been completed by PCH Manufacturing, part of Plymouth Community Homes.

The £11.6m development, which will be marketed as Primrose Park, includes 49 homes for affordable rent and 23 for shared ownership, with SO Living, and is due to be completed in the spring.

Ian Farrell, Divisional Director for Mi-space, said: “This is an incredibly interesting and innovative scheme and one in which we are very proud to be involved with on behalf of our client PCH, with whom we have a highly-valued and long-standing relationship.

“A key ingredient to the success of the project has been the whole team working collaboratively to support PCH delivering their commitment to the local community.

“As one of the largest Passivhaus schemes in the UK it also continues to attract significant interest from the industry. For that reason, we wanted to be able to open our doors, show people what we’ve been able to achieve here and share our project experiences with colleagues in the construction industry and wider housing sector.”

Visitors had a tour of the site followed by presentations, including from project architects Mitchell Architects and Passivhaus design consultants WARM, a Q&A session and lunch at the Future Inn, Derriford.

Andrew Lawrie, Head of Development for PCH, said: “This event is a great opportunity for PCH and Mi-space to showcase this fantastic Passivhaus project.  

“This development demonstrates PCH’s commitment to the environment and our wish to reduce running costs for residents of affordable housing. We know many residents struggle with fuel bills so these homes should go some way to addressing that.

“The project could not have taken place without Plymouth City Council’s ‘Get Plymouth Building’ initiative along with their support to deliver one of the largest Passivhaus projects in the country.”

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