New eco-friendly homes unveiled in Widnes
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Three new environmentally friendly homes have been built on Kingsway in Widnes, with the first customers set to move in next week.
The futuristic looking homes, owned by Halton Housing Trust and built by Cruden Construction, have injected a modern twist into the more traditional landscape of Kingsway, bringing the street very much into the 21st century.
Built with environmentally friendly features and achieving the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 through the fabric of the construction, the three bedroom properties, designed by Liverpool architect Denovo Design, include a living ivy wall, allotment space for growing fruit and vegetables, garden water butts to collect wastewater, composters and under sink recycling bins.
New mum Sarah Wilde, 33, will move into her home next week with her five month old daughter. She said: “The property is fantastic - it’s so great to be moving into somewhere that’s brand new and I don’t have to do any work to the property as everything is fully fitted and sparkling. I work for a recycling company, so many of the features are already familiar to me and the home will really suit me. I really like the living ivy wall outside - at first I thought it was fake!”
Whilst having a more contemporary edge than the surrounding houses on Kingsway, the properties use similar brick and roof tiles and even include a similar chimney. The Kingsway homes also contain a ‘sun tunnel’ that draws daylight into the internal staircases and landings, helping to save on customer’s electricity charges during the day.
The houses were constructed using locally supplied materials and have distinctive, durable, re-cyclable steel rainwater pipes and canopy supports, whilst all timber used for the doors, stairs and skirting boards was sourced from renewable forests.
Halton Housing Trust’s Development Manager, Farmeda Kosar, expects the Trust to build many similar high standard energy efficient homes, as well as refurbishing more traditional properties. She said: “Our new builds on Kingsway are very similar to our iconic Houghton Street development, in that they have a completely different look and feel to the majority of our housing stock, but they are sympathetic to its surroundings.”
“We strive to build a variety of homes offering mixed tenures to add to the diversity of housing stock in the Borough. Above all, meeting local housing needs is our utmost priority and we’re excited to see the first families moving in soon.”
Contracts Manager at Warrington based Cruden Construction, Paul Slavin, said: “Cruden have once again enjoyed working with the Trust in providing lovely homes for local people, and we’ve also had the opportunity to provide further training to local apprentices and work for local tradesmen and merchants.”
The Trust is building many more homes including 34 two and three bed properties on Russell Road in Runcorn and Lacey Street in Widnes, both due to be completed by mid – September and October. As well as building three and four bed homes, the Trust is increasing its construction of two bed properties to meet the borough’s changing housing need.
Frank Olchowski, director at Denovo Design, said: “We are pleased to be able to continue to support Halton Housing Trust in their commitment to the provision of attractive, environmentally-friendly, affordable homes for their customers”.