Kevin McCloud’s housing to be rolled out
Work has almost completed on Glenn Howells Architects’ £4 million, 42-home Triangle development in Swindon – the first housing scheme by Grand Designs TV presenter Kevin McCloud’s development company, Hab
McCloud, whose company has worked with the housing group GreenSquare (as Hab Oakus), claims the scheme came in at just £1,150/sq m and marks the start of a mass housing drive to roll out similar projects under the Hab banner.
He said: ‘This is a deliverable housing scheme that is now repeatable. We are working on other projects, which will allow us to take advantage of the investment and research we have made.
He added: ‘It should be possible to do Code for Sustainable Homes level 5 with the same amount of money and we are working on larger schemes.’
Hab, which has yet to fully finish the landscaping on the Swindon scheme, is working on a number of other developments around the South West, including schemes in Stroud by DSDHA and in Oxford by AHMM.
Former AJ editor and Hab design director Isabel Allen said having McCloud and the cameras on board had not turned into ‘financial deals’, but had energised people to give up their time.
She added: ‘We have managed to absorb lots of free time and nobody has put a price on that. But now we have a good network of consultants and we are getting more confident about what we do. We want to do lots of good housing and there is a massive need down here in the West Country.’
Allen explained that Hab would retain the architects chosen to work in particular town on further projects in the area.
She said: ‘The Triangle scheme is a prototype. But we are not going to churn it out. The fundamental thing about Hab is always the context.
‘This is a dead simple terrace house based on a Swindon railway cottage. There are no cantilevers here. It is about getting proportions right.’
Glenn Howells, who admits to having ‘squandered’ time on the scheme, said: ‘We wanted to see what we could achieve within these [budget] constraints.’
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