Case Study: Green Street in The Meadows, Nottingham Developer: Blueprint Local authority: Nottingham City Council Architects: marsh: grochowski
Green Street is a development of 38 low-energy homes in The Meadows in Nottingham, delivered by specialist regeneration developer Blueprint. The homes are highly energy efficient, in a way that is specifically tailored to the local environment and consumer preferences. The homes commonly include spacious roof terraces, ground level kitchen gardens, private car ports/garages, solar panels, mechanical heat recovery and ventilation, and very high levels of insulation and air-tightness.
Evidence based design Blueprint is a joint venture between Igloo and the Homes and Communities Agency. Partnership working proved a theme in this development as Nottingham City Council were the planning authority and land owner, and funded a shared equity scheme on 13 of the homes. The Meadows Partnership Trust helped with community engagement. The local market, community context and the site itself were researched extensively before design or planning started. For example, the community contributed to the design brief, and the sun path at varying times of year was tracked to inform the size and orientation of windows, which improves natural light and control of solar heat. The design team worked closely with an environmental consultant from the outset, who helped inform the brief to the architects. This was a small investment compared with their contribution to design. For each issue, such as the need to prevent overheating in the summer, the team looked at the pros and cons of each option. This iterative approach was used to choose the best solutions in terms of both design and cost.