Sustainable co-living housing on stilts

07 December 2022

Passivhaus development in Salford

Salford City Council has granted permission for an innovative development on a disused site on a flood plain on the banks of the River Irwell. Part of the development will be on stilts to handle the issues of building on a flood plain.

The new development is providing 33-homes in three blocks raised on stilts, each between two and five storeys high, on a 2,000m² plot within metres of the river.

The project includes one and two-bed studio apartments intended for long-term rent with shared kitchens and living space.

Resident facilities will include shared work and exercise spaces. The outdoor community garden consists of ‘fruit trees, herb beds and allotments’.

The design of the buildings will be carbon neutral, and Passivhaus accredited.  The  fabric-first design approach will reduce the heating requirements to almost zero. The technology being used includes a heat source pump, rainwater harvesting technology and solar panels that will generate electricity.

The development is within cycling and walking commuting distance of amenities in Salford and Manchester.

The Architects of the scheme are Ollier Smurthwaite Architects who are a Passivhaus-accredited practice.


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