The developer joined forces with Malcolm Fraser architects in winning the Whitecross Design Competition, run by the RIAS and the Scottish Government. The winning submission, selected from 41 entries, incorporated Stewart Milne Group’s innovative Sigma II Build System as the technological solution for the proposed low carbon community at Whitecross in West Lothian. The company’s award-winning Sigma II Build System meets Code Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes and is already in production and being delivered commercially to the market.
Alex Goodfellow, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes, said: “We are very pleased that our innovative approach to sustainability has been recognised in this manner. We are looking forward to working with Malcolm Fraser and landowners Morston Assets to create homes that will be exemplars for the future. This is a huge honour and another example of how our business is pushing ahead through innovation. Projects like this are completely in line with our commitment to be at the forefront of sustainability in the housing sector and building for the future.”
The competition was for the first 70-80 homes of a proposed 1500-home community extension for the village of Whitecross. This early phase has the requirement for a 60% reduction in CO2 production.
Malcolm Fraser, principal of Malcolm Fraser Architects, added: “This competition involved addressing real and pressing issues around sustainability, placemaking… and how to market and sell homes at this difficult time. Working with Stewart Milne Homes we felt we had evolved a single, simple strategy towards all three, and we are very happy that this has been recognised. We appreciate how much support and scrutiny has gone into this project and we are excited at the opportunity given us to take it forward.”
Stewart Milne Group is part of the unique AIMC4 Consortium, a pioneering project with a vision to research, develop and deliver the volume production of homes – constructed using a range of different materials - to Code level 4 energy performance but with fabric first solutions.