Constructing Primrose Park
Work has begun on Primrose Park – a new Passivhaus housing development in Plymouth.
The £10.4m project comprises the construction of 72 affordable rent and shared ownership homes, all being built to meet Passivhaus design principles creating low energy, high comfort homes. The homes include six one-bedroom flats of c46m², 30 two-bedroom houses of c72m² and 27 three-bedroom houses of between 82m² and 86m².
Primrose Park is situated just off Bodmin Road in Plymouth, on the site of the former Woodlands/Hillside School. Mi-Space UK is the main contractor on the project, working alongside Mitchell Architects which is providing all architectural services.
The homes at Primrose Park are being constructed from traditional masonry and tile construction, with a render exterior finish. Facilities will include a small gas boiler, an MVHR system and triple glazed windows.
Of the 72 homes, 49 will be made available for affordable rent, with 23 for shared ownership and 16 built to meet Lifetime Homes standards. Contracts were signed on the Plymouth Community Homes project in August 2016, with the project scheduled to reach completion in mid-2018.
Andrew Lawrie, Head of Development for Plymouth Community Homes, said:
“The site was sold to Plymouth Community Homes for £1 by Plymouth City Council on the basis of a Passivhaus project being delivered on site. The project is a demonstration of commitment by both parties to the environment and our wish to reduce running costs for residents of affordable housing.”
“This scheme will bring much-needed affordable homes for local people. We’re keen to involve the local school and the wider community at every opportunity.
”This project is being developed in partnership with Plymouth City Council as part of the city’s Plan for Homes. It represents a clear commitment by both parties to the environment as well as to providing residents with low heating costs.”
In addition to Primrose Park, Plymouth Community Homes is currently involved in the £8.2m Southway Campus scheme and is leading the delivery of the North Prospect regeneration programme.
Southway Campus comprises 67 units, including 25 for shared ownership.
In North Prospect, PCH is replacing 800 existing poorly-performing homes with more than 1100 new homes for rent, shared ownership and open market sale.
The programme is being delivered across five phases and represents an investment of more than £120m.
To date more than 500 new homes have been built and the final phase is due to complete in 2022.
For more information about Plymouth Community Homes, please visit: www.plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk.