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Bill Dunster reveals plans for the UK's largest eco-complex

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ZEDfactory's Bill Dunster has unveiled plans for a huge, low-carbon apartment block in Wolverhampton, hailed as the largest eco-complex in the country.

The 76-home WedZED scheme, which has just gone in for planning, has been drawn up for the Matrix Housing Partnership - a joint venture between the Accord, Ashram, Caldmore, Rooftop and Trident housing associations.

Featuring affordable three-bedroom, two-storey family units at ground floor and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above, the complex will be built on a derelict car park in Wednesfield Road.

Echoing some of the main features of the groundbreaking BedZED development in Surrey, the scheme will feature super-insulation, solar panels, wind turbines, a central wood-chip boiler, passive solar-heated 'sunspaces', and the city's first 'pay-as-you-go' car club for residents.

According to a spokesman the scheme 'will produce very low levels of carbon and be fully upgradable to become 100 per cent carbon neutral in the future.'

Project architect Chris Wilford said: 'We have created a building which will be seen from the main road into Wolverhampton as a symbol for a low-carbon future: a future with lovely sunlit homes, warm in winter and cool in summer; with low-energy principles and a network of sustainable initiatives to help a good community spirit grow and flourish.

'The Wednesfield Road elevation is strong and protective against the sounds of the city, yet the building opens up around a south-facing courtyard to offer quiet, sunny and secure outdoor terraces and gardens for the residents and their families,' he added.

The scheme is expected to complete in 2009.

by Richard Waite

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