12 homes to be proud of…
Work is well underway at Bron Afon Community Housing’s Ty Rosser Gwyn scheme – an exciting new development which forms part of the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme. RPA have been appointed as employer’s agent and are currently working closely with both Bron Afon and the main contractor – ENGIE, in order to ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget.
The scheme is set to deliver 12 innovative homes for under 35s within the Torfaen region and funding of £1.48m has been secured from the Welsh Government. The development also acts as a pilot project designed to assess the opportunities and constraints associated with three different modern methods of construction. After carefully considering all its options, Bron Afon identified the following three timber-based methods that offer both short- and long-term carbon savings:
Method 1: Modcell – uses renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering materials (straw and hemp) to create a negative carbon construction system.
Method 2: Wikihouse – a timber frame system that is made from locally sourced timber, again providing a material that sequesters carbon.
Method 3: SIPS – a timber-based system, providing carbon negative build by sequestering carbon in the core material.
The project arose out of a need to trial new housing models and methods of delivery as a response to the increasing challenges faced by young people who are unable to access affordable housing. The scheme is due for completion in early 2019.