New house type range

Homes are designed to be high quality and extremely energy efficient.

We completed the first prototypes of our new UK house type range during 2010. The majority of our new sites will use the new house type range when planning future developments. The homes are designed to be high quality and extremely energy efficient as well as being straightforward, cost effective and safe to build. The house types are also very flexible with different internal layouts and a wide range of exteriors that will complement local landscapes and streetscapes.

The house types are designed to meet specific space standards, comply with Secured by Design principles and be capable of achieving Lifetime Homes standards of accessibility and adaptability, where required. All homes will be capable of achieving Code for Sustainable Homes levels three and four, and are designed to integrate renewable energy technologies where appropriate. We have also already planned the changes that will be needed to meet 2013 building regulations.

Also in 2010, we undertook a series of in-depth focus groups to explore consumer perceptions of the new house types. Participants were asked for detailed comments on the prototype homes and were asked their opinion on environmental aspects of homes including energy efficiency, renewable energy and opportunities related to feed-in tariffs. The research findings are being used to further refine the house types.

Colebrook Collection development in London’s Islington

Blending heritage with modern architecture

Images apartment development in Gants Hill, East London

Architectural award