Fresh as a daisy

10 Feb 2010

Proposals for first zero carbon house in Bolton submitted to council

Make Architects has submitted a planning application for a new zero carbon family home to Bolton Council which, if approved, will be the first property of its kind in North West England. Commissioned by English footballer, Gary Neville, the proposed four bedroom, single storey property will be deliberately embedded into a Pennine hillside so as to minimise the impact on the surrounding views. A roof of meadow grasses and flora will flow seamlessly over the property and into the surrounding landscape.

Stuart Fraser, Partner at Make said: “The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area. High quality design was a driving factor but the opportunity to deliver a home of the utmost environmental efficiency was identified from the outset.

“We have designed a beautiful and functional family home that consumes less energy... the positioning and orientation of the property have been carefully thought about, a ground source heat pump will provide the heating and photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will generate on site renewable energy. Building materials will be locally sourced and traditional building methods will be used."

Make has worked closely alongside Peter Rolton, a key member of the Government’s advisory panel for renewable and sustainable energy, and the proposals have already been selected as an exemplar project within the Government’s ‘Planning Performance Agreements for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes’ programme.

The 743 sq m scheme has been designed following ongoing and close collaboration between the client and Bolton Council and the government’s design body, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) which originally began three years ago. Should planning permission be granted, preliminary construction work is expected to commence later this year.

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