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Tradical Hemcrete takes centre stage in Kevin’s very own grand design

6 Dec 11 A pioneering new low energy housing development in Swindon built from Lime Technology’s Tradical® Hemcrete® is set to feature on a two part Channel 4 series starting on December 8.

The series, Kevin’s Grand Design follows broadcaster and designer Kevin McCloud as he sets out to prove that it’s possible to create beautiful, contemporary and sustainable homes that are also affordable.

The Triangle, a high quality sustainable 42 home development from Hab Oakus – the partnership between Kevin McCloud’s company Hab and GreenSquare – is set to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, but with the potential for upgrading to higher levels.

The development demonstrates Hab Oakus’s aim to produce highly innovative, but not experimental, schemes that will achieve very high standards of design and sustainability.  With a ‘One Planet Living’ approach in mind, the use of Tradical® Hemcrete® for the construction of the walls was a natural choice.

Lime Technology’s Ian Pritchett said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to get involved in this project, not least because it gives us the chance to show off the fantastic properties of the building material and to show that Tradical® Hemcrete® really is a viable alternative to traditional building materials.

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Tradical® Hemcrete®, is a mixture of hemp and a lime binder, which together create a material that combines sustainability with performance.  A highly thermally efficient material, Tradical® Hemcrete® locks up CO2 and when used with lime based renders and plasters, creates a breathable walling system for healthy living.  Able to be mixed on site for fast track construction it provided Hab Oakus with an innovative, sustainable and efficient way of creating the structure of the homes at The Triangle.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects and built by Wilmott Dixon Housing, The Triangle has been built on the site of a former caravan park and plant nursery, just off Swindon’s Northern Road.  Hab Oakus hopes to ensure the sustainable development acts as a springboard to introduce green initiatives locally.

A mixed tenure scheme, consisting of homes for sale, shared ownership and affordable renting, The Triangle is being used as a prototype for Hab Oakus’s proposed larger second scheme which will see the delivery of around 200 homes at Pickard’s Small Field, Gorse Hill, Swindon.

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