South Lakes Housing Ltd
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
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The scheme comprised of the construction of 10 new traditionally constructed energy efficient properties comprising of a mix of 8 semi-detached houses and two 2 bedroom link bungalows all incorporating traditional materials in keeping with the local area and built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Works also comprised of carrying out all of the associated roads, sewers and external works.
The area benefitted from the partnership between South Lakes Housing and Esh Property Services, and the subsequent investment in the scheme from South Lakeland District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency for the provision of affordable energy efficient homes for people who had a long standing connection with the surrounding area and community.
The scheme was constructed on a greenfield site that was bounded by an adjacent local sheltered housing complex, and to the north by a further residential area and to the south east lay Yorkshire Dale’s most popular tourist attractions, ‘Devil’s Bridge’.
The ten homes that were constructed comprised of two 3 bedroom semi-detached houses and six 2 bedroom semi-detached houses that were constructed on a split-level basis and a further set of two, 2 bedroom detached bungalows. Further works also involved the construction of off street permeable parking and an all new access road.
Each of the properties had been designed to complement the local area as well as existing housing. The properties were constructed using traditional foundations and traditional building materials such as slate and stone to create the external skin as well as implementing a number of energy-saving features such as Solar Photovoltaic panels (PV Panels), efficient boilers and wall and loft insulation were provided to help to make the homes even more affordable. Further to this each garden contained a soak away for surface water to improve the drainage situation.
Boundaries were defined using walls made from local stone and timber fences while local stone gable walls, white render and untreated cedar cladding were used for the property façades.
Each property was fitted with extensive amounts of home insulation, as well as the latest boilers and heating systems to maximise energy efficient. Solar Photo Voltaic panels were fitted to roofs to deliver savings on energy bills for tenants with any surplus being fed into the national grid.
During the construction phase of the project we interacted with the local, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, whereby our Added Value Team went into the school and undertook a site safety presentation along with our resident safety mascot Dudley the Elephant. The presentation is designed to make children aware of the potential dangers on site such as trips, slips and falls, excavations, machinery and equipment, signage, fencing and personal protection equipment. These are all explained to the children to provide them with valuable information on how to stay safe when there are nearby building sites.
Further to this our Added Value Team presented the children with a construction challenge workshop for whereby we supplied them with ‘materials’ of dried spaghetti and marshmallows. This allows the children to design, construct and brand their structures whilst introducing different careers within construction.