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Richards Partington unveils 'low energy' housing scheme

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Richards Partington Architects has won a Housing Design Award for this development at Derwenthorpe on the outskirts of York

Built on a greenfield site, the 64-home scheme is the first phase of a 540 home development.

The ‘mixed tenure, exemplar community of energy efficient homes’ contains a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses with areas between 90m² and 170m². Three of the houses have been built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 5 with the rest achieving level 4.

Larger houses on the site - which have steeply pitched roofs, painted brickwork and large dormer windows - sit next to open spaces and at key points to punctuate the streetscape and terminate views. The smaller houses are arranged in short terraces.

Site plan

The environmental strategy is designed around a ‘highly efficient building fabric with good u-values, low air-permeability and carefully controlled thermal bridging’. The houses are orientated so that the larger windows face south. Heating and hot water is provided by a biomass-fired district heating network.

The 123-house second phase of the development has already started on site and phase three has achieved planning, with the entire scheme scheduled for completion in 2018.

Project data

Date of completion: March 2013                                
Gross internal floor area: 8,810m²
Form of contract: Partnership Agreement
Client Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Architect Richards Partington Architects
Structural engineer Alan Wood and Partners
M&E engineer and community heating Arup
Main contractor David Wilson Homes
Project manager MDA Consulting
Planning consultant Jennifer Hubbard
Project advisor Ian Atkinson (DSP Architects)
Research and building performance testing Leeds Met CeBE & UCL Energy Institute

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