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Striking & sustainable

This five-bedroom certified Passivhaus property was designed by Gresford Architects. The modern scheme aims to provide a sympathetic response to its built-up surroundings while also sitting comfortably alongside more traditional neighbouring properties.

A bungalow was demolished to make way for the new abode, which has been crafted for optimal performance by adopting a fabric first approach. A super-insulated timber frame by MBC Timber Frame (mbctimberframe.co. uk) was assembled off-site and supplied with an airtight membrane. Recycled paper insulation in the walls and English chestnut wooden external cladding was chosen to reduce the dwelling’s carbon footprint, along with keeping the use of concrete and steel to less than 10% of the total volume of the building.

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