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Kevin McCloud wins planning for first housing development

TV presenter Kevin McCloud’s development company HAB, with housing group GreenSquare, has secured planning for a 42-home scheme in Swindon designed by Glenn Howells Architects

The scheme, known as The Triangle, is the star’s first foray into mass housing and was approved by the local council last night (13 October 2009).

Due to start on site in the new year, the proposals seek ‘to create contemporary interpretation of Swindon’s mid-Victorian railway cottages – flexible, affordable and efficient to build and run’.

The HAB Oakus joint venture expects the first homes will be complete by the end of 2010.

Speaking to the local press after the committee hearing - in which he dubbed the proposals a ‘high happiness’ concept - McCloud said: ‘I am immensely relieved — I feel as if I am about to collapse after that. I am quite excited. I have spent a huge amount of money and three years working on the project.

‘It is a blessed relief — thank you Swindon.’

Glenn Howell's Triangle scheme, Swindon, for HA

Glenn Howell’s Triangle scheme, Swindon, for HA

Previous story (24.07.09)

First look: Glenn Howells Architects, The Triangle, Swindon

TV presenter Kevin McCloud’s development company, with housing group GreenSquare, has submitted plans for a 42-home scheme in Swindon designed by Glenn Howells Architects

Called The Triangle, the project, designed with landscape architects Studio Engleback, seeks to create a contemporary interpretation of Swindon’s mid-Victorian railway cottages – flexible, affordable and efficient to build and run.

Dwellings have been designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and are ‘future-proofed’ with the fixings, connections and space to allow easy retro-fitting of solar thermal and PV panels at a later date.

Hab Oakus is a joint venture between Kevin McCloud’s development company, Hab, and the housing group GreenSquare. The Triangle is being delivered with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and is due to start on site by the end of the year with completion by December 2010.

Readers' comments (4)

  • I know you shouldn't jump to instant criticism...but what's that stupid square lump doing spoiling the end of the very beautifully re-interpreted pitched roof terraced row?

    Isitme.

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  • why should i complain but what is different in this project..it is very common and all over the world we can see this kind of places..it is possible to be announcer a new life style for resident population..

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  • Simple triangular space, logical planning, dense but not cramped. I like the flues - breaking up the roof line but what are they doing? - wood burners / hiding vent stacks? Cant imagine what all the fuss was about.

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  • Personally I love the look of this scheme, too many housing projects try to capitalise on every available square foot but this project is thoughtful, not only from a sustainability viewpoint but refreshingly, someone has taken the time to sit down and think about the community space and the culture within it. It's a thoughtful, simple, contemporary mix of old and new and best of all it's sustainable - I think it will be a triumph.

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