The £5.6 million development for City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will create 45 houses for social rent which are the city’s first zero carbon homes – and the city’s first new council housing for 30 years.
It will include 12 properties built to Level 6, the highest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Government’s system for assessing the environmental performance of new housing. Zero carbon properties produce no carbon emissions by maximising their use of energy efficiency and sustainable technology. The development has been half funded by the Government's Homes and Communities Agency Local Authority New Build programme and half from prudential borrowing.
The Bradford zero carbon homes will be completed in March 2011 – five years in advance of 2016, the deadline set by the Government after which all new housing must be zero carbon.
The Level 6 properties will feature photovoltaic panels, which convert solar radiation into electricity, and a communal biomass boiler. The other 33 homes at the development will achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making them 44 per cent more energy efficient than the standards set by current Building Regulations. Sustainable technology incorporated into the Level 4 homes includes solar heating and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems. Each property will also have a rainwater harvesting system.
Through its commitment to providing jobs and training opportunities in the communities where it works, Lovell is taking on two construction apprentices, a trainee bricklayer and a joiner, to work on the scheme, and hopes to provide further apprenticeships in the future.
Councillor the Rev Paul Flowers, Executive Member for Culture, Planning and Housing, says: "This is a hugely important scheme for Bradford in many ways and is a significant step in creating affordable housing for families on a low income. It also enters new territory in terms of eco-friendly building which at the same time will cut down fuel and water costs for residents. The apprenticeships are a welcome addition which will give young people a step up into the construction industry."
Lovell regional director Noel Adams comments: “We are excited to be using our leading expertise in sustainable housing development to deliver the first project awarded through the Delivery Partner Panel. Our team has a strong track record in creating energy-efficient, high-quality housing and we are delighted to be working with Bradford Council and the community to build this new development which will include the city’s first zero carbon affordable homes.”
Richard Panter, area manager for the HCA, says: “We are pleased that our partner panel has enabled the process to be not only quicker but also more efficient so that the local residents will be able to move into the new houses much sooner than usual. It is excellent news that our investment has also helped create and protect local jobs.”
The three-year Delivery Partner Panel is designed to streamline the development of new homes by the HCA and other public sector bodies and is split into three clusters – northern, central and southern. Lovell has been appointed to the northern and southern regional frameworks.