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New Salford housing designs unveiled

28 June 2010

Designs have been unveiled for the first Local Authority new-build houses to be built in Salford for nearly 30 years.

A team from Urban Vision – Capita Symonds’ joint venture partnership with Salford City Council – designed the houses which are part of a programme that will see 101 new houses built across ten sites in Salford.

Avon Close

The £13.5m scheme – part of the government’s Local Authority (LA) New Build Programme – is being part funded by a £8.12m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Urban Vision is providing multidisciplinary services on the project including architecture and landscape design, planning and building control, project management, quantity surveying, geo-environmental consultancy, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, CDM-coordinator, code assessment and Clerk of Works. 

All homes are in line with the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level 4 and Lifetime Homes space standards. The CfSH Level 4 standard requires that homes are 44% more efficient than building regulations with regard to thermal efficiency, use renewable energy (solar water heating panels). The LA New Build houses also have rainwater harvesting, mechanical and ventilation heat recovery systems and use off site (Modern Methods of Construction) techniques to achieve the performance and reduced construction period.

The Lifetimes Homes standard also requires wheelchair space standards, potential lift position and ground floor shower facilities.

Construction has just started on site with completion due in March 2011. The construction work has been procured through Salford City Council’s partner-framework with the appointed contractors being G&J Seddon Limited and Cruden Construction on the project.