Work has started on the first new council homes to be designed and built for the Denbighshire area in 30 years.
Denbighshire Housing will build 18 two-bedroom and 4 four-bedroom semi-detached houses for social rent on land above Tan y Sgubor, Denbigh, for Denbighshire County Council.
The low carbon homes, which will be built and certified to the energy-efficient Passivhaus standard, are part of the Council’s target to provide 170 more council houses by 2022.
Work started on site on October 19 and the development is expected to be completed by autumn 2021.
The frames and walls for the new houses will be made off site in North Wales by Creating Enterprise, a subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy, using the Beattie Passive Build system and the main contractor for the development is Brenig Construction.
Cllr Tony Thomas, Denbighshire’s lead member for Housing and Communities, said: “The Council is delighted that work has started on these new council homes, the first to be designed and built for the county in 30 years, and we are pleased to be working with our partners on this project.
“Ensuring there is housing available to meet the needs of Denbighshire residents is a priority under our Corporate Plan.
“These homes will help meet the housing needs of residents by providing quality homes that are affordable as well as offering the highest levels of insulation to reduce energy consumption and energy efficiency to minimise carbon emissions and reduce household bills.”
The Welsh Government has provided funding through its Innovative Housing Programme to enable the Council and Creating Enterprise to work together on this new way of building homes.
The houses will have solar panels on the roofs and will use pumps to transfer natural heat from under the ground to keep them warm so they won’t need a gas supply.
Ron Beattie, Managing Director, Beattie Passive, said: “We are excited to be working with Denbighshire Housing with our partners, Creating Enterprise to deliver Beattie Passive homes. The high quality, high performance houses will be Passivhaus certified, delivering high levels of energy efficiency and comfort for the residents.”
Brenig Construction Joint Managing Director Howard Vaughan, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the Denbigh Passivhaus project with Denbighshire Housing in a historic move by the Council to get back into house-building.
“We are particularly excited by the fact that this is a Passivhaus scheme, as this is definitely the housing of the future.
“They use sophisticated insulation and advanced building techniques and materials to cut carbon use and can reduce energy bills to a third or less in homes that are modern, comfortable and pleasant to live in.”
Adrian Johnson, Managing Director Commercial Services for Creating Enterprise, said: “We are proud to be key partners on this fantastic new development. As well as building these innovative, low carbon homes, the simplicity of the build system offers work opportunities to those furthest from the job market.
“As part of our social purpose, we offer trainees the chance to learn new skills whilst working alongside qualified trades in new methods of construction enabling them to better themselves and their future prospects.”
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