Hanham Hall is one of the flagship Carbon Challenge schemes promoted by the Homes and Communities Agency and, will be England’s first large-scale housing scheme to achieve the 2016 zero-carbon standard.
Hanham Hall, due for completion in 2015, is expected to be used as a roadmap within the housebuilding industry for future sustainable, energy efficient living.
The development is providing 186 homes for sale and rent, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses, all packed with innovative ideas. The nine-hectare site adjoins the greenbelt and is located 7km from the centre of Bristol.
All elements of the site perform to the highest possible industry standards, including thermal and acoustic performance, daylighting within the homes, internal space standards and provision of external amenity space.
Building a sustainable community is not just about meeting codes, but creating a place where people want to build their lives, where they feel safe and comfortable, and where they are inspired to live harmoniously with their environment.
While Hanham Hall has been tailored very closely to its specific environment, the underlying design approach provides a model for place making that can be replicated anywhere. The key ingredients are a holistic approach to design and an understanding that people want to be empowered, rather than coerced, to live sustainably.
The scheme was judged Best Sustainable Development in Britain in the 2014 What House? Awards.