Paul Davis nets Northern Irish green homes competition
Paul Davis + Partners has won the international competition to design 70 Code for Sustainable Homes level five houses and flats in Carryduff, Northern Ireland
Working with landscape designers the Paul Hogarth Partnership, the practice saw off the likes of RMJM, B3 Architects and The Boyd Partnership in the contest, run by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and client Oaklee Homes Group.
The £8 million scheme will be funded by the Department for Social Development and meet lifetime homes standards featuring a mix of social and ‘affordable houses for sale’ as well as private, semi-private and public open spaces.
Pedro Roos, design partner at Paul Davis + Partners said: ‘Our masterplan concept centred on the need for the dwellings to maximise the use of the features of the existing site creating a design concept informed by three primary factors: the challenging natural topography of the site, principles of sound environmental design and the creation of linked vibrant and active green spaces in order to create a community that is actively integrated into its surroundings and the village beyond.’
According to the practice a proposed reed bed, wetland and attenuation pond will double as a ’outdoor classroom’ for the local school. There are also plans for a community centre and garden allotments.
The scheme is expected to take two and a half years to complete.
Judging panel chair Dickon Robinson, independent advisor on architecture, housing, property development, sustainability and urbanism to the government, said: ‘The panel applauded the sequence of landscaped spaces…..which responds gracefully to the topography. The approach to Code level 5 was carefully considered with an emphasis on passive solar heating with carefully orientated winter gardens. The presentation panels prepared by the Paul Davis team were the clearest submitted, making excellent use of sections through houses and site.”
Architects: Paul Davis + Partners
Environmental Services Consultants: PHA Consult
Code for Assessors: Eight Associates
Cost Consultants: Consarc Quantity Surveyors
Landscape Architects: Paul Hogarth Partnership