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Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury

Seven Passivhaus micro-homes for the homeless

Brownfield redevelopment of disused garage site

Pre-fabricated, low carbon construction

Gatehouse Road comprises of seven low energy micro-homes for the homeless on a Brownfield site outside of Aylesbury. Designed for Fairhive Housing Association and delivered by New Meaning Construction, the 25.0 square metre homes comprise of a bedroom, wardrobe space, bathroom, kitchen and living space designed to give shelter and independence to individuals who have had the misfortune of living on the streets.

Originally designed to upcycle shipping containers into shelter, these pods instead are comprised of a carbon-capturing timber frame with continuous cavity, filled with EPS bead insulation. An MVHR system and triple glazed windows to the front and rear means that they can adhere to the ‘sealed-box’ Passivhaus standard. The clear aim and benefit is that it ensures that individuals who have had misfortune and likely do not have income security will be able to avoid being plunged immediately into fuel poverty - the Passivhaus standard removing the need for any space heating and associated bills.

The site also contains a shared communal laundry and bike store, facilitating sustainable transport.

“We have found Habitat+ a thoroughly professional organisation to partner with and they have been creative, supportive and practical in equal measure.  Their experience and problem solving approach has been invaluable and they offer genuine value for money.”

David Lett, CEO New Meaning Training and New Meaning Construction

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