Friday, October 30, 2009

News: Bramall's sustainable development nears completion


Rotherham social housing and regeneration specialists Bramall Construction are in the final stages of completing an innovative housing scheme for people aged 55 and over in Jordanthorpe, Sheffield.

White Willows on Dyche Road is being developed for South Yorkshire Housing Association in conjunction with Sheffield City Council and will include a green roof, solar panels and other environmentally-conscious measures. When complete, the roof will absorb extra rainwater and creating a thriving habitat for local insects and birds.

The £7 million scheme is set to become only the second development of its type in the country to achieve an 'excellent' rating from the national environmental organisation BRE for the sustainability features that have been included in its development.

Paul Heath, contracts manager at Bramall said: "We've been working hard for the last few months to ensure that this scheme raises the bar in meeting the need for quality, environmentally sustainable housing for Sheffield's older people. Our partners have made it clear from the start that this was needed for the city.

"The green roof is certainly one of those elements that will give the partners and tenants what they are looking for. We are proud to have been involved in delivering such an innovative scheme for Sheffield."

The community-led scheme will include 60 self-contained apartments, with 45 available for rent from SYHA and the remaining 15 offered for shared ownership and outright sale from Crucible Homes. White Willows will also include a shop, hairdresser, bar, IT rooms, a communal lounge, a restaurant and a coffee lounge.

Bramall was awarded the scheme after winning a "quality of design" competition held by Sheffield City Council last year. Building work is expected to be complete in November.

Bramall website

Images: SYHA


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