Artist Hirst bringing pricey eco-homes to North Devon
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Artist Hirst bringing eco-homes to North Devon
Expensive artist Damien Hirst has decided to become a property developer, and has designed a whole estate of eco-homes in Ilfracombe, North Devon.
According to Hirst, the homes will indeed be pricier than others but will feature hidden wind turbines in the roofs, photovoltaic solar panels and state-of-the-art insulation.
In response to criticism that the homes will only be for the rich, Hirst said that a whole community will be developed along with the estate, including a school and shops.
The artist has a home and an art studio in the town, and claims he wants the eco-homes to “stand the test of time”.
Mike Rundel, the architect for the project, told The Telegraph: “"We are not expecting to make retirement homes for rich people coming down from London.
"We want these houses to attract young, creative families as well as people who already live here.
"It's our ambition to make them affordable but houses like these are more expensive than ordinary houses.
He added that he wanted Hirst’s vision to become a ‘blueprint’ for the future of eco-homes around the country.
However, some locals are concerned about the new estate, believing it will do nothing to improve the local community and will merely become a haven for the rich.
Retired teacher David Yorth also spoke to The Telegraph: "I don't like the idea of expansion. We would lose a lot of our green areas.
"It would also have an adverse effect on traffic. If it were at the other end of town I don't think I'd mind so much but it will be so close to our home."
Hirst’s works have captured the imaginations of dozens of millionaires over the years, and have seen him become the world’s richest artist.