Landmark Passivhaus scheme shortlisted for prestigious awards

Our innovative Passivhaus development at Primrose Park has been nominated in two categories at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

The annual awards are an opportunity for landlords, developers and architects to put forward their best developments and teams.

The 72-home Passivhaus scheme, in Whitleigh, which was completed earlier this summer, has been nominated for Best Residential Development (over 71 homes) and Best Affordable Housing Development (over 71 homes).

Primrose Park, which was built by Mi-space, is a mix of 49 homes for affordable rent and 23 for shared ownership in Bodmin Road.

The land was gifted to us by Plymouth City Council as part of its Get Plymouth Building initiative to increase housebuilding in the city.

Passivhaus is an energy standard with excellent thermal performance, making bills extremely low for residents.

The homes – which feature triple-glazed windows built and installed by PCH Manufacturing – are so well insulated they need virtually no heating.

Andrew Lawrie, PCH’s Head of Development, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been nominated in not one, but two, categories for these awards.

“We knew that our unique Passivhaus development had attracted a lot of regional attention as it’s the only one of its kind in the South West, but these nominations are evidence that it’s now achieved national acclaim.”

Ian Farrell, Divisional Director for Mi-space, said: “This is a pioneering scheme and one in which the Mi-space team is very proud to have supported Plymouth Community Homes, our client, with its successful delivery. It is great news that the project has been recognised with two nominations in such a well renowned award, helping to showcase this development to a wider audience.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 29 November.

Inside Housing magazine is a weekly magazine for news, analysis and comment about the social housing sector in the UK.