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Lovell has recently completed the design and construction of 9 houses and 6 bungalows on Yarmouth Road, Norwich.
4 of the bungalows have been built for general needs affordable rent and 2 have been designed to Lifetime Homes; a specialised standard for wheelchair users or those with special needs. The project also included all associated external works, services, drainage, adoptable roads, sewers and off-site works.
14 of the properties are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level 4 and one of the bungalows is designed to achieve CfSH Level 6. All of the homes have been built to a Building for Life score of 14/20.
The project team were keen to engage with the local community throughout the construction process. 17 level 3 (A Level) Technician & Professional Construction Students from the nearby Norwich City College attended a comprehensive site visit. Activities on the day included a health and safety induction, a site tour with information around the project, a sustainability talk and a short quiz.
The project was also associated with the organisation of a natural disasters event with a local primary school. During the event the Norfolk Fire and Urban Search and Rescue Services visited the school bringing some of their specialist equipment. Lovell donated some materials from the site to help recreate a disaster situation.
A public consultation event was held prior to construction, ensuring the community was included in the planning process.
In order to achieve CfSH Level 6 in one of the bungalows, Lovell incorporated a number of sustainable features into the design. Such features included a PIR/PUR external wall insulation that extends to the top of the foundation to reduce cold bridging, triple-glazed windows, extensive tap and showerhead flow-regulation, dual flush toilets, photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors.
The 14 CfSH level 4 properties incorporated double-glazed windows, less restrictive flow regulation and dual flush systems and a 3m2 area of flat plate solar thermal collectors.
Additional sustainable features of the project included 210 litre rainwater butts on all units, soffits and fascia made from recycled plastics, low energy light fittings, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems and Energy Display Devices (EDDs) fitted to each property, to monitor both electricity and primary heating fuel consumption.