Community Greenhouse Energy-efficient

The country’s most energy-efficient housing development, Hanham Hall in Bristol, has a community greenhouse at its centre.

The site, which opened in August 2012 and is due to be completed in 2015, will have 185 new homes with large windows to enhance natural light, 12 acres of open green space, playgrounds and communal gardens.  Green credentials include rainwater harvesting, allotments, an orchard and a direct link to the Bristol to Bath cycle path.  The houses are being built with energy-efficient construction to minimise heating bills.

The size and construction of the community greenhouse has not been reported but Barratt Homes could have enhanced the eco-friendliness of the site by installing a Gabriel Ash real cedar wood structure.

Hanham Hall, a Grade II listed building in the middle of the development, will be transformed into community and business space.

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Author: Robert Smith