Exeter City Council An environmentally-friendly housing complex in Exeter has scooped yet another top award.
Chester Long Court – 26 high-quality affordable homes in Whipton, Exeter – was named Residential Property of the Year (35 units and under) in this year’s Michelmores Property Awards.
The development, which first opened its doors to tenants on the City Council’s waiting list at the end of 2018, also recently won the Design through Innovation Award at the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards (South West).
As a regional winner, the complex in Vaughan Road will now go through to the National finals in London later in the year.
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Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd Gale & Snowden first began working with Exeter City Council (ECC) in 2008 to design and deliver new-build, Council-owned homes to optimise underused sites in the city. ECC was one of the first councils in the UK to once again begin developing new housing and their brief was exacting, leading the way in environmental aspirations.
The latest phase, in Whipton, Exeter, is currently on-site and will deliver 26 high quality, affordable, Lifetime Homes compliant, healthy, Certified Passivhaus flats for Exeter’s social tenants. The development, including one fully-accessible wheelchair unit, is aimed at providing downsizing apartments for over-60s, in turn freeing up larger council-owned homes for families in need.
The scheme was procured using a two stage competitive tender and traditional contracts (JCT Intermediate 2011 with Contractor’s Design portions). Gale & Snowden are providing full RIBA Stage 0-7 architectural, mechanical and electrical engineering, landscape architecture, and lead designer services.
The new flats represent the largest housing development that Gale & Snowden has undertaken with Exeter City Council. The Passivhaus scheme, incorporating Building Biology principles, marks almost 10 years of teamwork delivering low energy, healthy homes for Council tenants. The design represents the latest step in Gale & Snowden’s evolutionary approach to Passivhaus aimed at reducing costs, enhancing collaboration with the contractor, and optimising building performance for future climate scenarios.
C G Fry & Son have completed the construction of 26 new one bedroom and two bedroom apartments for the over 60 in housing need. The apartments are designed and built to Passivhaus standard, meaning that the apartments will have a very consistent and comfortable temperature and indoor air quality.
Alliance for Sustainable Building Products Chester Long Court delivers 26 high quality, affordable, healthy, low energy homes. Utilising a monolithic clay block construction with high performance render and wet plaster gives a mineral wall build-up which is hygroscopic, helping regulate internal humidity.
Passivhaus means the scheme has consistent and comfortable indoor temperatures and air quality. Heating bills are dramatically reduced helping lift tenants out of fuel poverty. The scheme has been designed to mitigate predicted future climate change using Exeter University’s Prometheus weather data.
These flats provide exemplar healthy living conditions using Building Biology principles featuring: non-toxic materials and surfaces; excellent air quality; high levels of thermal comfort and daylight; and wiring design to minimise electromagnetic radiation.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Chester Long Court is a new development of 26 one and two-bedroom apartments constructed to Passivhaus Certification and Healthy Building Biology standards. The design is constructed using Climate Ready data to maintain comfort levels to 2080 and designed for independent people over the age of 60.
RICS judges praised the project team - C G Fry & Son, Gale & Snowden Architects and Randall Simmonds - for the success of the project's monolithic method construction, which enabled the homes to be delivered both quickly and cost effectively.
Passivhaus Trust PHT Member Gale & Snowden first began working with PHT Patron Member Exeter City Council (ECC) in 2008 to design and deliver new-build, council-owned homes to optimise underused sites in the city. ECC was one of the first councils in the UK to once again begin developing new housing and their brief was exacting, leading the way in environmental aspirations.
The latest phase, Chester Long Court (formally known as "Rennes") in Whipton, delivers 26 high quality, affordable, Lifetime Homes compliant, healthy, certified Passivhaus flats for Exeter’s social tenants who will begin moving in in October 2018. The development, including one fully-accessible wheelchair unit, is aimed at providing downsizing apartments for over-60s, in turn freeing up larger council-owned homes for families in need.
Chester Long Court will push the number of Passivhaus dwellings developed by Exeter City Council, in collaboration with Gale & Snowden, beyond 100.