Handover at Mark, Somerset

Our latest rural housing scheme was handed over this week at Mark, Somerset.

The 10 new homes for South Western Housing Society are located on the edge of the village and form a lovely courtyard development providing a range of homes that include bungalows, houses and apartments, to cater for a range of housing needs.

The development is already fully let to people from the local area - excited to be moving in to these light and spacious homes. The development has been constructed by EG Carter Construction with a really excellent standard of finish. The homes have heating and hot water provided by Ground-Source Heat Pumps; which will keep energy costs to a minimum.

This development provides an excellent benchmark for affordable rural housing.


Consultations for 185 new homes in Lawrence Weston

gcp have been appointed by Curo Group to develop proposals for two large residential developments in Lawrence Weston, which will deliver 185 new homes in this part of the city. The proposals at Henacre Road and Corbet Close will provide a mix of new homes for sale, affordable rent and shared ownership. Lawrence Weston is one of the first areas in the city to have adopted its own Neighbourhood Development Plan and both sites are key to delivering the residential objectives of this plan.

Having had detailed discussions with Ambition Lawrence Weston; the local neighbourhood planning group, the proposals were presented to the wider community at two separate open consultations in March. The proposals were generally well received with useful feedback and comments from the local community – with a lot of interest expressed in the opportunity that new affordable homes for sale and shared ownership will give to local families.

Further details of the consultations for Corbet Close and Henacre Road are available on the Curo Developments pages at https://www.curo-group.co.uk/house-building/schemes/

Careful inspection of proposals at a well-attended consultation

Careful inspection of proposals at a well-attended consultation

Consultation boards set up & ready to receive feedback at Corbet Close

Consultation boards set up & ready to receive feedback at Corbet Close

Successful pre-completion air-testing

Successful pre-completion air-testing today at our Stoke Bishop low energy project; achieving 0.68 air change per hour - well below our EnerPHit target of 1.0.

Another success for the Nudura ICF construction method and the care taken installing gcp’s carefully considered air tightness detailing.

Air Testing at Church Road

Air Testing at Church Road

Successful Community Right to Build Order for Nailsworth CLT

Local referendum has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Nailsworth Community Land Trust Housing scheme.  http://www.nailsworthclt.org.uk/ . Project is for the creation of 10 new affordable homes for local people. One aim of the referendum was to seek agreement of the right to remove the right to buy so that the homes would be protected as affordable homes into the future.

gcp are thrilled to be involved in one of the first successful CRTBO's!

Lime Property Ventures launch with student scheme

gcp are pleased to announce Lime Property Ventures first development creating 25 student flats from a decommissioned sheltered housing scheme just off King Square in central Bristol has been delivered on time and within budget. The scheme has been developed in partnership with Bristol SU Lettings.

Lime Ventures is Elim Housings new development arm. This is the 4th project gcp have worked with Elim on over the last 3 years and we are actively sourcing development opportunities for future Lime schemes. 

Custom build is all go this autumn

Graven Hill near Banbury is the largest development of custom / self-build homes in the country.

We are pleased to be supporting a couple keen to move in to the area who are bidding for a plot in Phase 1A.  Using the Plot Passport for their preferred site we have developed a compact modern home with the agreed Material Palette for that part of the site.

For more information about the Graven Hill development see their September 2016 Newsletter or go to www.gravenhill.co.uk.

Graven Hill, Banbury

Goose Chase PassivHaus one year on

An interesting day returning to our Oxfordshire PassivHaus project with Tim Bartlett from CVC (http://cvcdirect.co.uk/ ) to check the calibration of the ventilation system and confirm that the MVHR is working as designed. CVC have been really helpful in the design and installation of the Brink Renovent system and measuring air flows shows that all rooms are receiving the correct amount of fresh air and the almost silent MVHR is working as designed. After a year of living in their new home the client says they wouldn’t want to live in anything else!

Goose Chase Passivhaus

Complete: development for Two Rivers Housing

Wow great job and thanks to everyone involved, it’s looking really fab and not at all like stereotypical social housing. The designers and contractors have done us proud.
— Kirtsy Powell, Head of Development, Two Rivers Housing
Two Rivers Housing, Lydney

Two Rivers Housing, Lydney

gcp designed development of two houses and four flats for Two Rivers Housing in Lydney completed last week

Get a £50k grant towards building your Grand Design

Material supplier Saint-Gobain and creator of the Multi Comfort concept have teamed up with Grand Designs to host a competition for aspiring self-builders by offering a £50k grant to the winner of a competition to design the ideal Multi Comfort home.

A prerequisite of the competition is all entrants must appoint a PassivHaus-competent architect to design the dwelling. Colin Powell, architect and director at gcp Chartered Architects is a certified PassivHaus designer and is keen to take support your Grand Design aspiration.

The competition is open for entries from 15th August 2016 to 15th October 2016.