Appointed through the Great Places consultancy framework, the scheme is a joint venture between Great Places Housing Group and Bolton Council as part of the ‘Transforming Estates’ programme of works, which tackles the problem of poor environmental and social conditions within existing Council estates. These are the first Council houses to be built in Bolton for 25 years.
The scheme consists of 7 no. dwellings all designed to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards, and 10 no. independent 2 bedroom flats. The scheme has achieved Code 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and is constructed using a closed-panel timber frame system constructed off-site and achieving an envelope U-value of 0.11w/m2k. Benefits included:
- Zero ODP
- Off site quality control for 100% insulation fill
- Minimal waste
- Cost/quality selection process
Working collaboratively with the entire team, the client’s expectations were exceeded due to the innovative use of materials and fast-track construction. The units were also extremely energy efficient due to the super insulation and off-site panel construction, along with the solar thermal and photovoltaic units providing a significant contribution to the heating and power costs for the residents.
Overall, the project has successfully developed a former anti-social, brownfield piece of land into an unique, sustainable collection of homes using best practice and value for money principles. The project significantly beat the pre-tender budget and achieved a 12% saving when compared with @Great Places’ cost model for a Code 4 house.