Earthquake Homes underway in Shrewsbury
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Bromford, one of the regions leading affordable housing providers, officially kicked off development of 18 new homes on Underdale Road, Shrewsbury on Friday (15/02/13).
The development, which recently stole headlines across Shropshire when preparation works started rumours of an earthquake, will regenerate a piece of disused land which has stood dormant for nearly a decade.
The £2,500,000 development will include a mix of two and three- bedroom homes for affordable rent, all built with 'green credentials'. Unique features will include solar panelling and heat recovery systems to ensure minimum impact on the environment and greater energy efficiency.
All 18 properties are also 'lifetime homes', designed for people of all ages and fully accessible, so residents won't have to move out in the event of mobility issues in later life.
Claire Orpwood, Bromford Project Manager, believes the site will be a landmark for Shrewsbury. "The development certainly caused a stir with the local community when we first started preparing the land, but hopefully they'll appreciate us turning the derelict site into 18 new homes available for rent by the end of the year.
"We're working with Shropshire Council to bring a number of affordable housing developments to life, boosting the number of homes available to local citizens. What's even more significant is that all these properties are code three sustainable homes, which means they're not only affordable to rent, but will also keep energy bills down."
The scheme also uses innovative construction techniques to ensure the future stability of the buildings, including up to 31-metre pilings. Underdale Road was previously owned by Shropshire Council and was a former landfill site and grit store.
Claire added: "We have worked very closely with the Environment Agency, Highways Agency and the local authority to ensure the site was safe to build on. The site has a stream from the River Severn running deep underground, but thanks to some fantastic leaps in construction technology we can assure potential customers of their homes stability for decades to come."
Bromford will continue to run tests on the efficiency of the sustainable homes, with the hope of bringing more eco-friendly homes to other developments across Shropshire, as part of a project looking at the future of affordable housing.
Picture features (R-L) Councillor Miles Kenny (Shropshire Council), Chris Holland (Head of Development, Bromford) Maria Howell (Housing & Enabling Development Officer, Shropshire Council), Nick Wood (Communities and Housing, Shropshire Council)