Project Schemes Category
Housing Design Awards 2013
Former airforce site transformed into sustainable community
Locking Parklands is a new, sustainable community set on a former Royal Air Force site in North Somerset.
Located in a mature parkland landscape, the phased development takes full advantage of this fantastic setting. This is a whole community, so it includes offices and other commercial uses as well as a range of different house types.
The houses are all designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the offices have achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’. The architecture is restrained but highly contemporary to enhance this unique setting.
St Modwen, our client, has experienced brisk sales, with many houses and apartments being sold off-plan. Full of character, each phase of the development boasts an individual identity influenced by setting and function.
The apartments and commercial spaces are constructed with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP) for speed and simplicity. The insulation was pre-sprayed into cassettes sandwiched between OSB board with an integral vapour barrier in-built. The fabrication drawings of the SIPs allowed advanced full coordination with M&E to avoid site clashes.
Persimmon’s specialist Offsite Company Space 4 took sole responsibility for delivering the building fabric above base slab. Other benefits of the method was chosen for its inherent simplicity and speed with the whole system being covered by guarantee and BBA certification, whilst achieving Green Guide A+ rating.