SHEFFIELD City Council has tasked regeneration firm ENGIE with building 36 new energy efficient homes on the Weakland estate in Hackenthorpe.
The “affordable” homes will incorporate mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) systems, which provide a constant supply of fresh filtered air, and consist of a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties.
Furthermore, the £4.75 million scheme is expected to create employment for four apprentices.
Sheffield’s Weakland estate is located in the south-east of the city. Together with Scowerdons and Newstead, they were made up of 809 non-traditional houses, built in the 1960s.
However, the council says these property types suffered from persistent repair and structural problems arising from their construction style.
There was also a lack of choice in the type and size of housing available, and the outdated layout and design contributed to concerns about the sustainability of the estates. They were demolished in the early 2000s.
“It is great to breathe new life into these estates and so encouraging that they are so energy efficient,” said Councillor Paul Wood, the city council’s cabinet member for housing. “I am confident they will stand proudly at the heart of the Weakland estate. I am committed to bringing forward new homes for people who need them and to provide more choice of homes in some of our local neighbourhoods.”
Councillor Bob Johnson, cabinet member for development, added: “I am pleased, as part of the Council’s Affordable Housing New Homes Delivery Programme, to award the contract to Engie who have been asked to build 36 new family homes on the Weakland estate and, as a result of this this are committing to recruiting local people and, the establishment of four new apprentices which is excellent news.”
These new homes have been designed to provide larger than average space standards and improved energy efficiency to help people to afford to live in their new home, the council says.
MVHR works by extracting the air from polluted sources and re-supplying it to different rooms. The extracted air is taken through a central heat exchanger and the heat recovered into the supply air. This feature is said to help to give the project a unique edge, and will provide new residents with the opportunity to reduce their home energy costs.
ENGIE’s regional Director, Nathan Brough said: “We are really pleased to be involved with this exciting project. It’s a pleasure to once again be working with Sheffield City Council on such a worthwhile scheme which will benefit the wider Sheffield community.”
Main Image: (Left to right) Glen John-Lewis, project manager, Capital Delivery Service at Sheffield City Council; Councillor Denise Fox, Birley ward councillor; Nathan Brough, ENGIE’s regional director; and Joanne Payne, project manager, Capital Delivery Service at Sheffield City Council