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Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency jointly funded this housing scheme – the first council house project in Bradford for 30 years – to help ease the demand for affordable homes. Lovell built 12 properties to meet Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) level 6, with the remaining 33 attaining CfSH level 4.
The close proximity of the site to other houses, schools and open space emphasised the requirement to keep all parties safe. In the early stage of the scheme, Lovell offered a Health and Safety assembly to local schools. This ensured that all pupils living and travelling near our site would be aware of the dangers that can be present on a construction site. More than 800 primary school students from three local schools attended the workshops, carried out in collaboration with Bradford City council.
During construction, Lovell invited students studying construction related courses at NVQ and BTEC level to visit the site. The visits supported their studies by offering insight and awareness about a sustainable housing development. The students received full Personal Protection Equipment and were inducted by both our Regional Health and Safety advisor and the Site Manager. Additional attendees included two teachers and a training advisor from Bradford City Council. Although it started off as a one-off exercise, the students have subsequently been invited back at three monthly intervals to allow them students to follow progress on site.
Twelve of the 45 properties have been built to Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) level 6. This is the highest standard attainable under the Code, and means that they produce zero carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon neutrality was achieved using the latest solar roof tile technology, a communal biomass boiler and high levels of insulation. The remaining 33 homes meet CfSH level 4, with carbon emissions are reduced through the use of conventional solar panels.
All of the properties feature rainwater harvesting systems for use in toilets, as well as water for external use via a tap. From the outset this project has integrated sustainable solutions which ultimately enrich the user’s experience of the homes. As a result of the installed solutions, energy savings are expected to be impressive: residents will save significant amounts of money each year on household energy bills and reduce potential fuel poverty amongst residents.
Lovell used this exemplary scheme to enhance its reputation for training. Two local teenagers were taken on to work on the scheme, one as a trainee bricklayer and the other as a joiner. Both secured places on the national Lovell apprentice training programme, and their work on site was assessed by external examiners who visited them on a regular basis. In addition, they received support and guidance from Lovell’s regional training advisor. The energy saving features mean that the energy bills of the occupants of the CfSH level 6 homes will be reduced by an estimated average of £500 a year.
"The apprenticeships in the building trade are a great opportunity [and] an additional benefit of a scheme which will create much-needed affordable housing for dozens of families on low incomes in Bradford."Councillor the Rev Paul Flowers
Executive Member for Culture, Planning and Housing at Bradford Metropolitan Council